Unusually Hot Weather Forecasted for Yom Kippur

Temperatures expected to soar to 34 and 36 degrees in greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

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Most of the country will see unseasonably hot weather on Yom Kippur, which means people who are fasting should take extra precautions to remain out of the sun. The risk of wildfires will also increase, according to Tuesday’s Israel Meteorological Service prediction.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 40 degrees Celsius on the Golan Heights and the area of Lake Kinneret, while in greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem highs of 34 and 36 degrees, respectively, are expected.

According to the Meteorological Service, such hot weather on Yom Kippur is fairly rare, because the fast day usually comes later in September or in early October when fall weather is already on the way. The temperatures expected this Yom Kippur have only been recorded twice over the past 50 years.

The hot weather will blow into Israel this weekend with winds from the north. However, despite the daytime heat, the air will cool down during the nights, which will mean that the heat will not have a cumulative effect throughout the weekend.

'Slichot' prayer service during the Days of Repentance preceding Yom Kippur at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Credit: Wikicommons / GPO