The heavy rainfall in Israel over the weekend has resulted in Lake Kinneret– the Sea of Galilee – adding 18cm in the past 48 hours, the Water Authority said.
The lake now measures 212.07 meters below sea level – some 30cm above its lower red line and 2.37 meters below the upper red line.
The Water Authority said that the strong torrents of water noted in the various streams and lakea flowing into the Kinneret are likely to contribute several additional centimeters to it during the current winter weather system.
The Water Authority added that the lake is likely to rise to 212 meters below sea level – the sharpest December rise since 1992.
The Sea of Galilee is Israel's main freshwater reservoir. Should it dip down closer to lower red line or below it, the Water Authority will suspend all pumping actions in order to protect the lake's ecosystem.