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The last two days were the coldest so far this winter, and only on Wednesday will it start warming up again.

Tuesday night will be particularly cold in the Negev, northern valleys and the central hills with temperatures falling to freezing.

The mercury hit zero degrees Celsius on Sunday night in the Upper Galilee as a cold front originating in Russia covered the country.

But the end of the week is expected to be much warmer as warmer air from North Africa moves in.

Nonetheless, recent temperatures are far from Israeli record lows, which -excluding Mount Hermon - came 60 years ago when temperatures in the Beit Netufa Valley hit 13.7 degrees below zero.