First Rains of the Season Expected to Fall in Israel This Week

Authorities warn travelers to keep away from several streams in the south over concern that flash flooding may occur

Zafrir Rinat
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Rain falling in the southern city of Sderot in June 2018.
Rain falling in the southern city of Sderot in June 2018.Credit: Ilan Assayag
Zafrir Rinat

Local showers are expected to fall Sunday afternoon in different parts of the country, and there's a risk of flash floods in rivers in the south.

Sunday will remain warmer than usual and on Monday temperatures are expected to drop significantly. The rain is expected to continue thoughout Monday, with chance of local rain on Tuesday. 

The sharav weather will continue through Sunday afternoon and it will be hot and humid near the coast. The expected temperatures for Sunday around the country are: Safed, 22 to 33 degrees Celsius; Tiberias, 27 to 40; Haifa, 24 to 33; Tel Aviv, 24 to 31; Jerusalem, 22 to 34; Dead Sea, 30 to 39; Be’er Sheva, 23 to 34 and Eilat, 28 to 42 degrees Celsius.

Clouds and local rain will make their way into Israel in the afternoon hours. The rain is expected to fall in quite a number of regions, including in the east from the Jordan Valley to the Arava. It may cause flash flooding on Monday and Tuesday, too. In response, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority has banned entry into a number of streams, including Nahal Og and Nahal Darga in the Judean Desert, as well as the site used for rappelling in the Qumran National Park near the northern Dead Sea.

The Parks Authority also issued a reminder that entering a flowing stream, on foot or in a vehicle, is dangerous and totally forbidden.

Such volatile weather is characteristic of the beginning of fall in Israel, which often brings clouds from the south from the Red Sea region, Egypt and Sudan. In this case, it is a tropical front with a combination of relatively high temperatures, clouds and high humidity – which create the right conditions for rain.