Heat Wave Expected to Continue Throughout the Week

On Sunday, Magen David Adom received 37 percent more calls for fainting and other heat-related ailments than an average summer day.

The heat wave that has afflicted Israel over the past several days is expected to continue throughout the rest of the week.

On Sunday, Magen David Adom received 37 percent more emergency calls for fainting and other heat-related ailments than an average summer day.

Summer heat wave
Children take a break from the summer heat in Jaffa on August 1, 2010.Tal Cohen

In Ashdod on Monday, a 60-year-old municipal employee was rushed to the hospital, unconscious and in serious condition, after passing out while at work.

Temperatures in Eilat and the Jordan Valley reached 43-44 degrees Celsius (109-111 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend.

In the Golan Heights and the Galilee on Saturday, temperatures neared 39 degrees C (102 degrees F), about eight degrees above the seasonal average.

"Particularly hot winds have entered Israel from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria," said Nahum Malik of the Meteotech weather service.

Temperatures in Jerusalem reached 36 degrees C (96.8 F) on Sunday, with 40 percent humidity.

In the coastal region, temperatures have been 2-3 degrees C above average in recent days. On Sunday, temperatures in Tel Aviv and Haifa were 32 degrees C (89.6 degrees F) but felt like 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) due to high humidity levels that reached 70 percent during the day and peaked at 90 percent during the night.

Electricity usage surged on Sunday, reaching 11,110 megawatts at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The Israel electric company has asked the public to limit usage of items that consume high levels of electricity – i.e. washing machines, dish washers, stoves - to morning and evening hours.

The heat wave has claimed the lives of more than a million chickens across Israel, according to an Israeli agricultural organization.