Israel's Average Temperature Has Risen by 1.4 Degrees Since 1950

An Israel Meteorological Service report says that the rise was most pronounced over the last three decades, on par with global climate trends

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Tel Aviv beach goers enjoy unseasonably warm weather, November 10, 2019.
Tel Aviv beach goers enjoy unseasonably warm weather, November 10, 2019.Credit: Moti Milrod

Israel's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees since 1950, a report from the Israel Meteorological Service released Tuesday morning says.

According to the report, which analyzed climate change in Israel, the country's average temperature is projected to rise by 0.9 to 1.2 degrees by the middle of the century.

The rise in Israel's temperature was especially high over the past 30 years – 0.53 degrees each decade. The general calculation since 1950 shows a rise of just 1.4 degrees, seeing as for some of the timespan, mainly in the first decades, the average temperature dropped.

The region's warming matches the global trend; the average global temperature rose by about one degree since the 19th century.

The World Meteorological Organization presented its updated 2019 figures at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. The organization estimates that this year will be the second or third hottest on record. It added that since the industrial revolution, the globe's temperature has risen by 1.1 degrees.