Israel's Weather Service Issues 'Heavy' Heat Stress Warning

The Meteorological Service calls on Israelis, especially the elderly and those with preexisting conditions, to stay hydrated and stay in cool areas

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The Tel Aviv-Jaffa promenade at the beginning of the heat wave gripping Israel, July 29, 2021
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa promenade at the beginning of the heat wave, last Thursday. The actual number of heat-related cases of illnesses and deaths is not reported in real time.Credit: Hadas Parush

The Israel Meteorological Service issued a warning Tuesday, cautioning against "heavy heat stress" posing risks of dehydration, heat stroke and risks of power failures.

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Caused by increased temperatures and humidity across the country, the weather will be “hot and dry in the mountains and inland areas [and] heavy heat stress will prevail in most regions,” the agency posted on its website. They predict temperatures in the Center of up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) through the beginning of next week.

As used by the Israel Meteorological Service, heat load is “a measure of the discomfort caused by the combination of air temperature and air humidity.”

Predicting “heavy” heat in many areas, the ministry called last week on the public and especially the elderly population and patients with chronic diseases to “make sure to drink water and be in air-conditioned places as much as possible” before the wave breaks in the middle of next week.

The warning was issued for the Center, the Southern Golan, Lower Galilee, North Valleys, North Coast, Northern Negev, Eastern Negev and the Arava throughout Tuesday evening.

Last week, the Health Ministry warned that an extreme heat wave was expected to hit Israel, calling on the public to avoid exposure to the sun and physical exertion as much as possible.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the weather service stated that “in the last part of the month there was a warming, and it became warmer than average, although to a moderate extent. The only thing worth noting as more different than usual this month is the abundance of high cloudiness (cirrus clouds), which comes from moisture that came from tropical activity in the Persian Gulf region and the south of the Arabian Peninsula (and will continue to accompany us in the coming week as well).”

“Compared to the past… July this year was less warm than July in recent years and the most comfortable since 2014. However, it was warmer than most July's until the mid-1990s,” the post added.

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