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A heavy sharav heat wave is forecast for today, which the meteorological services predict will be the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures are expected to reach 43 degrees Celsius in Tel Aviv by the afternoon and 45 in the Jordan Valley.

The heat wave is expected to break toward evening, with clouds partly covering the skies, with a chance of a light drizzle.

Most of the country will experience hazy conditions today, with sandstorms forecast for the south of the country.

Haifa, the northern valleys and Eilat are expected to see temperatures of up to 40 degrees, while Tel Aviv, the coastal plain and the Dead Sea will hit 43 and Be'er Sheva 42.

The heat wave will not last and temperatures are expected to plummet tomorrow, with a chance of light rain. The mercury will continue to fall and will stabilize by Saturday.

Meteorologist Nahum Yudovitch says that such weather is typical of transitional seasons.

"This season is filled with heat waves that can also continue into June. At the moment, no other heat waves appear to be approaching in the coming days, but that doesn't mean there won't be more in the coming weeks," he said.