Inclement Weather Has Parties Scrambling for Votes

The combination of a closely fought election between Likud and Kadima and the rainy weather predicted for tomorrow's Knesset election makes parties' attempts to get out the vote especially significant. Menachem Moses, who is No. 5 on the United Torah Judaism list, says that his party's supporters will not be dissuaded by bad weather. "Voting is a mitzvah for us," he said.

Kadima election chairman, Avi Dichter, ordered 10,000 umbrellas to be purchased as part of the effort. Both Likud and Kadima will attempt to reach voters by phone and to offer transportation to the polls. Volunteers will give Likud supporters lifts to the ballot stations. Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu toured the north of the country yesterday to see his party's election preparations first hand.

Shas has been working hard to recruit volunteers to provide transport to the polls for its supporters, whatever the weather. The party leased hundreds of vehicles to enable yeshiva students and students at women's seminaries to return to their hometowns where they are registered to vote.

There will be a drastic change in temperatures over the next two days, with very warm weather giving way to rainy and cooler temperatures tomorrow, election day. Unseasonably high temperatures will prevail today due to a warm front from Sudan. Tomorrow a cold front from Italy will bring in wintry weather.

Today's high in Tel Aviv will reach 28 degrees Celcius. Temperatures in the Jerusalem area will reach 23 degrees. Be'er Sheva and the northern Negev will experience a real heat wave, with temperatures topping out at 30 degrees. The clash between the warm air over the country today and the cold front, which will arrive late in the day and tomorrow, will bring rainy and relatively stormy conditions on Tuesday.

According to the Meteo-Tech weather forecasting company, rain will begin to fall tomorrow morning in the north of Israel, accompanied by hail and strong winds. Intermittent rain will spread to the center of the country, with periods of clear skies, when voters will be able to cast their ballots without getting wet.