Wet Hot Israeli Summer

Rain makes an early appearance, but sadly it won't stick around.

Fall came early to the some in Israel, with up to 6 millimeters of rain falling in Ashdod and Ashkelon yesterday morning. The rain was accompanied by gusts of cool wind and some rain was also recorded in Rehovot, Rishon Letzion, and in the Judean Hills.

rain - Ilan Assayag - September 3 2010
Ilan Assayag

Temperatures plunged by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius within hours, and it remained cloudy until about noon.

Today however, temperatures will rise slightly, and continue rising tomorrow. The weekend is expected to see heavy heat stress in much of the country, with temperatures on Saturday reaching 31 in Tel Aviv and 32 in Jerusalem.

The temperatures will drop back to the seasonal average toward the middle of next week.

While fall was making its first appearance on land, the seashore made an unexpected return to early summer, as a new swarm of jellyfish was spotted off the coast of Ashkelon.

Prof. Bella Galil of the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute told Haaretz jellyfish usually leave the Israeli shores around the end of the summer, and it is as yet unclear what caused them to return.

She noted that unusually high numbers of jellyfish and similar animals were recorded throughout the year across the Mediterranean.