Severe Sandstorms Choke Israel on Last Day of Obama Visit

Environmental Protection Ministry warns of particularly high air pollution; harsh winds force U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel a helicopter ride to Bethlehem and instead travel there in a car convoy.

Severe sandstorms and winds were hitting Israel on Friday at the same time that a short-lived heat wave, which began in the early morning, broke.
In the afternoon, temperatures along the coast are expected to drop by 12 degrees after the morning mercury in Tel Aviv reached 32 degrees centrigrade.