Intense heat wave blanketing Israel to peak this weekend
A heat wave covering Israel was expected to last through the weekend before starting to ease early next week.
Israel’s Meteorological Service warned of extreme heat in most parts of the country on Friday, with temperatures peaking at 39 Â° C (102 Â° F) in Beersheba and Tiberias, 35 Â° C (95 Â° F) in Tel Aviv, 32 Â° C (90 Â° F) in Haifa and 43 Â° C (106 Â° F) in Eilat.
Temperatures are expected to drop slightly on Saturday, although the IMS has warned that the extreme heat is likely to persist.
âThis is an intense and long heat wave, but we won’t know how unusual it is in its duration once it’s over. We still haven’t seen a break in [temperature] but it comes and goes, âIMS meteorologist Shay Frenkel told the Walla news site.
Mercury is expected to drop further on Sunday, although temperatures are expected to stay above seasonal averages until next week.
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Amid the heatwave, the health ministry urged Israelis, especially the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, to avoid excessive sun exposure and drink large amounts of water.
His health notice also noted that face masks to protect against COVID-19 are not required outdoors.
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority called on Israelis to avoid long hikes from Sunday for 10 days, citing the dangerously hot weather.
He also stressed the ban on lighting fires in national parks.