Tel Aviv residents hold a water fight in Kikar Rabin
Tel Aviv residents hold a water fight in Kikar Rabin. Photo by Alex Levac
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Israel’s heat wave peaked Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures reaching highs of 116°F (47°C) in several areas across the country.

Temperatures were highest in the Arava and the Jordan Valley, as well as in the Galilee and the Judean Mountains. Temperatures were expected to drop slightly on Thursday, and are expected to cool by the weekend. Typical July weather is expected to return by Saturday.

Despite the massive heat in the Arava and Jordan Valley, humidity levels would not climb past 20%. On the other hand, coastal temperatures are slated to reach 91°F (33°C) with humidity levels reaching 70%.

According to Meteo-Tech weatherman Nahum Malik, Israel has absorbed a heat wave whose origin is a direct hot air stream from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Such air streams usually reach Israel through different routes which often cool down over the Mediterranean Sea and bring about the July-August heat wave Israelis have become accustomed to.

The Israel Meteorological Service published an estimation that despite the unusual length of the current heat wave, it would not break the temperature record set in August 2010.