Israel heat wave expected to ease in next two days
Relief in sight after temperatures in the Dead Sea basin, the Jordan Valley and Eilat hit 44 degrees.
The influx of hot air from Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which led to a long, harsh heat wave for Israel, is expected to recede over the next two days, meteorologists said.
The weekend saw hot and dry weather across the country, with rising temperatures and a drop in humidity. In coastal areas temperatures went up to 35 degrees Celsius, while mountainous areas and the Kinneret basin saw the mercury rise to 38 degrees. In the Dead Sea basin, the Jordan Valley and Eilat temperatures reached as high as 44 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to drop today by up to three degrees lower than the hottest temperature recorded during the heat wave, and will recede further tomorrow.
As a result, weather on Tuesday and Wednesday in most areas is expected to be normal for the season. Safed will see temperatures around 31 degrees Celsius, as compared to 38 last week, while Tel Aviv should also expect to see 31 degrees. Eilat will remain very hot, with temperatures hitting 41 degrees.
Going into the weekend, the meteorological service released a summary of the heat wave, noting that no records had been broken. The most outstanding characteristic of the recent trend were remarkably high nighttime temperatures, exacerbating the heat stress factor.
Nighttime temperatures in the central and southern coastal areas, where most of the Israeli population lives, stayed at 26 to 27 degrees Celsius for four consecutive nights - an unprecedented length of time since temperature measurements began.
At the Beit Dagan measuring station, nighttime temperatures hit as high as 27.9 degrees - nearly a degree higher than on the warmest night the previous year.