Winter Reaches Israel at Last, With Heavy Rains in North and Center

Thursday night will be the coldest so far this winter; Lake Kinneret rises by 1 cm after overnight rain.

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Heavy rains fell through Wednesday night and Thursday morning in parts of Israel's north and center, and the rain is expected to resume by the afternoon.

According to weather forecaster Meteo-Tech, Kiryat Gat is leading the rainfall list, with 33 millimeters. Rainfall reached 32 millimeters in the Sharon area and 25 milimeters in Jerusalem. In the Golan Heights, 20 millimeters of rain have been registered since the night hours. A similar quantity was registered in Haifa, while Tel Aviv had 10 millimeters of rain. Light snow fell in IDF outposts on Mount Hermon.

The Israel Water Authority said that Lake Kinneret rose by one centimeter as a direct result of the rain, the first rise since the beginning of April, following a dry November. The Kinneret’s level this morning is minus 211.40 centimeters, meaning a full Kinneret is 2.6 meters away.

Thursday night will be the coldest so far this winter. As low as 6 degrees Celsius were measured in the northern Golan Heights, and 8 degrees in Safed. In the coming hours the rain will resume in the Dan Metropolitan Area and in the Sharon, where temperatures are expected to fall.

Rain will fall sporadically in the country’s north and center, accompanied by thunderstorms, strong winds and some hail. Coastal cities are at risk of flooding. The northern Negev may see some rain and streams may overflow in the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. The rain will subside in the evening hours.

On Frtiday the rain will subside and rainfall will become more localized. Temperatures will be normal. Saturday and Sunday will continue to see some rain in the country’s north and central areas.

Forecast for Thursday (in degrees Celsius)

Katzrin – 10 to 15

Tiberias – 13 to 20

Nablus – 10 to 15

Jerusalem – 10 to 14

Dead Sea – 17 to 24

Mitzpeh Ramon – 11 to 16

Safed – 9 to 13

Haifa – 14 to 19

Tel Aviv – 14 to 19

Be’er Sheva – 13 to 19

Eilat – 14 to 24

Rainbow over Ben Gurion Airport, Dec. 5, 2013.Credit: Zwicky Abramovich
Sderot, December 5, 2013
Tel Aviv, Dec. 5, 2013.
Rainbow over Ben Gurion Airport, Dec. 5, 2013.
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Sderot, December 5, 2013Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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Tel Aviv, Dec. 5, 2013.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
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Rainbow over Ben Gurion Airport, Dec. 5, 2013.Credit: Zwicky Abramovich
Israel gets some rain

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