Heat Wave Across Israel Causes Fires, Airport Delays

A thick haze has blanketed the entire country, with temperatures averaging mid-30s Celsius.

Israeli airports on Monday experienced delays and closures due to the extreme weather conditions affecting the country.

Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv closed to arrivals because of hazy conditions, while officials at Ben-Gurion International Airport warned of low visibility that could affect take-off and landing schedules.

Extreme heat and strong winds spread across Israel on Monday, causing multiple blazes and toppling trees and power lines.

A residential Petah Tikva building went up in flames as a result of fallen power lines. Three apartments were severely damaged, but no injuries were reported.

There were power outages and some damage in Sderot as a tree fell on power lines, and in Kiryat Gat fallen power lines closed a road to traffic.

Additional fires were reported in Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the south and Elad near Petah Tikva. Power outages were reported in central Israel around Tel Aviv and Bat Yam.

A fire erupted at three houses in Kfar Chabad after a tree fell on fell on nearby power lines, causing a short circuit.

A thick haze has blanketed the entire country since the early morning, with temperatures averaging mid-30s Celsius. The heat wave is supposed to break later Monday afternoon.