Meteorologists Forecast a Hotter Summer in Israel Than Years Past

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A Tel Aviv beach, February 14, 2016.
Israel's beaches will be popular this summer, with higher than average temperatures predicted.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Meteorologists predict the coming summer will continue the sequence of especially hot years Israel has been having. Last year the highest average global temperature was registered since the recording began.

The meteorological service said however that the seasonal forecasting model it based its prediction on has a relatively low accuracy rate.

According to the ECMWF model, which made its last upadate in May, there’s a 79 percent probability that in June-August the average temperature will be higher than usual, compared to the period of 1981-2010.

The chance of hotter weather in view of the ongoing global climate warming is especially high and could create inaccuracy. So the meteorologists based their forecast of the years 1995-2009, in which the temperature was closer to what it was in recent years.

Last summer was also especially hot. Last August some places in Israel, including Safed and Beit Dagan, had a record high temperature at night, about 29 degrees Celsius. Last year was the hottest since measurements of average world temperature on earth began. The year 2016 is also expected to be especially hot worldwide.

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