IN PICTURES: Heat Wave Washes Over Israel

Temperatures in Israel reached 44 degrees Celsius - and even the animals need a popsicle.

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A brown bear eats a watermelon inside a pool at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, on May 27, 2015.
A brown bear eats a watermelon inside a pool at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, on May 27, 2015.Credit: AFP
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The Israeli summer is famously hot, but a heatwave that reached a scorching 44 degrees Celsius this week caught even the most ardent beach-goers by surprise. From the animals in the zoo, to hardened Jerusalemites – everyone searched for water to cool themselves down.

Israeli girls cool themselves in a water fountain near the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo by AFP

A ring-tailed lemur eats frozen fruit to cool down at the Safari Zoo in Ramat Gan. Photo by Reuters

Palestinians and Israelis hang out by a mountain spring near Jerusalem. Photo by AFP

An elephant's trunk is seen as it is sprayed with water by a zoo worker to cool it down at the Safari Zoo in Ramat Gan. Photo by Reuters

Children play in a water fountain just outside Jerusalem's Old City. Photo by Reuters

Suricates bite a block of flavoured ice at the Safari Zoo in Ramat Gan. Photo by AFP

A woman surfs with a dog on her board in the Mediterranean sea at a beach in Tel Aviv. Photo by Reuters

A tapir is sprayed with water by a zookeeper to cool it down at the Safari Zoo in Ramat Gan. Photo by Reuters

Muslim women swim in the Mediterranean sea at the beach in Tel Aviv. Photo by Reuters

Ring tailed lemurs lick a block of flavoured ice at the Israeli zoo of Ramat Gan. Photo by AFP

Israelis cool themselves in a water fountain near the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo by AFP

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