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Sunday night hottest in Israel’s history

62083300991599640360noHeat wave in Jerusalem park (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Nocturnal heat records were broken in many areas of the country; Monday set a new record for power consumption.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year in Israel, and the high temperatures continued into Monday and don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.

In quite a few areas, minimum temperatures measured were extremely high on Sunday night and Monday morning, and nocturnal heat records were broken at several measurement stations. Monday once again set a new record for power consumption.

The highest minimum temperatures were measured at the Dead Sea, the southern Jordan Valley and the Araba – between 33 to 35 degrees Celsius. The Kinneret measured about 30 degrees, and temperatures in other parts of the north were similar. Jerusalem measured 26 degrees Sunday night, but it was actually warmer there Saturday, with the beginning of the heat wave.

The coast, the lowland, Emek Yizra’el and northwest of the Negev measured between 27 and 29 degrees Sunday night. Along with the humidity, which reached 90 percent on the coast, the heat there became unbearable.

Record high minimum temperatures were measured on the coast, the Shfela lowland and the northwest Negev Sunday night. Beit Dagan near Rishon LeZion, for example, had a minimum temperature of 28.4 degrees Sunday night, half a degree higher than the previous record in 2010. In other areas the minimum temperatures were close to peak values measured in the summers of 1998 and 2010.


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