Rain in Haifa - Hagai Frid - October 2011
People walking through the rain in Haifa yesterday. Photo by Hagai Frid
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A cold weather system that blew in over the weekend from the Black Sea via Turkey brought rain from the Galilee to the southern coastal plain, in some places bringing over 30 millimeters of rain. The rain is set to stop today, and temperatures are expected to rise through the week.

Some 30 millimeters of rain fell in the Golan Heights town of Katzrin, and 16 millimeters fell at Lake Kinneret, according to the Meteo-Tech weather service. The largest amount of rain fell in Rosh Pina, which got 38 millimeters of rain. Tel Aviv saw 15 millimeters of rain, and 30 millimeters fell in Ashdod.

The rain in Tel Aviv came in a number of very short but powerful cloudbursts, in some cases flooding the streets in the center of the city.

"This is a typical event for autumn, which happens because the temperature of the sea at this time of year is still relatively high, which creates energy that turns into rain clouds," Meteo-Tech's Nahum Malik said. Malik said the phenomenon creates clouds with unusually large raindrops.

Last November, which was unseasonably hot, there was no rain at all during the month.

Although the rain will peter out today, the mercury will not start to rise until tomorrow.

According to the Israel Meteorological Service, last month was colder than the average for the past decade, as has been the case every month since March of this year.