Making Heavy Weather: Rain, Dust and Air Pollution Expected Over the Next Two Days

Zafrir Rinat
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Wind and haze in Ashdod, November 3, 2015.Credit: Ilan Assayag
Zafrir Rinat

Stormy weather is expected over the next two days, with strong winds, rain and dust storms, according to the Meteo-tech meteorological service.

The south of the country began experiencing the stormy weather on Tuesday night and it is expected to extend to the rest of the country overnight. Much of the country should experience thunder storms on Wednesday, with flooding possible in the south and east.

The Environmental Protection Ministry announced that heavy dust is expected throughout the country, starting on Tuesday night. The pollution is caused by heavy currents bringing in dust from Saudi Arabia.

The ministry and Magen David Adom have advised people with breathing difficulties, heart and lung patients, the elderly and pregnant women to remain indoors with closed windows and avoid physical exertion.

In anticipation of the difficult weather conditions, Arkia announced that its Wednesday flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat between 8:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. would leave from Ben-Gurion Airport and not Sde Dov Airport.

The rain will continue in most parts of the country on Thursday, though Wednesday's strong easterly winds are expected to die down.

Friday will be partly cloudy to clear, with intermittent rain still possible in the north and center of the country.