Unseasonal Winter Heatwave Expected in Israel Next Week

Temperatures in the center of the country and along the coast could reach 30 degrees, or even higher, and last for several days.

Zafrir Rinat
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Stormy weather in Tel Aviv this week.
This stormy weather in Tel Aviv two weeks ago will be a distant memory next week.Credit: Moti Milrod
Zafrir Rinat

Israel is expected to experience a highly unusual winter heatwave next week, with temperatures in the center of the country and along the coast reaching 30 degrees centigrade or even higher.

The heatwave is likely to begin on Saturday, according to the Meteo-tech meteorological service, and last for several days.

Sunday's temperature is expected to be 10 – 12 degrees hotter than the seasonal average for this time of year.

According to the forecast, high barometric pressure in all levels of the atmosphere will cause, among other things, the warming and drying of the air. Instead of cold air entering from the east, which is common for this time of year, warm air will enter from the south-west.

One or two warm days is not unusual in February, but next week's heatwave is likely to last for several days and to be unusually hot. The last time it happened was in 2010.