Israel Braces for Sizzling Summer Heat Wave

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A beach in Tel Aviv, earlier this month.
A beach in Tel Aviv, earlier this month.Credit: Moti Milrod
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A heat wave is projected to grip Israel next week after starting Saturday, with forecasts predicting that the mercury will pass 100 degrees Fahrenheit in several cities around the country – from Tiberias in the north to Eilat in the South.

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In Jerusalem, Israel’s largest city, the high is expected to be above 90 every day between Saturday and Wednesday. The high is predicted to linger around 90 degrees on each one of those days in Tel Aviv, the second-largest city. Further north in Haifa, the third-largest city, the high is forecast to linger at about 85-88 degrees.

The temperatures do not show the entire picture, however, as they do not take into account the humidity level or the strength of the sunlight. The country’s meteorological service uses a discomfort index to account for such aspects of the weather – and is it forecast to be at moderate to heavy levels throughout nearly all of the country next week. The service defines a discomfort index of above 30 as “extreme.” That number is forecast to be met or surpassed for several days in a row next week in TIberias, Beit She’an, Eilat, Ein Gedi, Afula, and Kiryat Gat.

Experts hesitate to associate particular episodes of extreme weather with climate change. But the unexpected intensity of some events in the last month, such as the recent floods in Germany, China and India, the repeating heat waves in North America and the Middle East, and the sheer preponderance of extremes, leave no doubt: climate change is upon us and nowhere is exempt.

Greenhouse gas emissions have continued to climb and experts caution that more temperature increases and heat waves are inevitable.

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