Occasional rains were forecast for Sunday morning from northern Israel to the northern Negev in the south accompanied by lightning and thunder with danger of flooding.
The rain was expected to weaken as the day went on.
Rescue workers extracted several drivers whose vehicles got stuck in floods in the southern city of Ashkelon on Sunday. Firefighters also rescued civilians in Ashdod and Kiryat Malachi in the south. No casualties were reported.
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced that due to flood warnings, all hiking and abseiling routes in the Judean Desert would close to hikers on Sunday.
In addition, the hiking trails in the Nahal Prat Reserve were closed besides the springs themselves (Ein Prat and Ein Mabua), as well as the Nahal Arugot trail in the Ein Gedi Reserve.
Brief local rains were forecast for Monday, and the weather will stabilize and warm up a bit gradually by the end of the week.
Forecast for Sunday: Jerusalem 12C-17C (53F-62F), Tel Aviv 18-23 (64- 73), Haifa 16-21 (60F-69F), Katzrin 14-18 (57-64), Tiberias 17-22 (62-71), Nazareth 14-19 (57-66), Afula 15-21 (59-69), Beit She'an 17-22 (53-71), Lod 16-21 (60-69), Ashdod 18-22 (64-71), Ein Gedi 21-26 (60-78), Beer Sheva 15-21 (59-69), Mitzpe Ramon 13-17 (55-62) and Eilat 21-27 (69-80).