Israel’s extreme heatwave was expected to intensify Friday, after hitting record temperatures in multiple locations across the country on Thursday.
In Jerusalem, temperatures reached 42°C on Thursday afternoon, local media reported. It was the hottest the capital has been since records began in June 1942.
Temperatures around the country were equally extreme, with heats of 43°C registered in Be'er Sheba, 47°C in Eilat, 38°C in Safed and 34°C in Haifa and Tel Aviv.
The temperatures are slated to ease a little on Saturday, but the heatwave will continue with temperatures higher on average for the season.
A more significant cooling of temperatures was not expected before Tuesday.
Ahead of the extreme weather over the weekend, Magen David Adom, Israel's emergency services, instructed the public in a statement to be vigilant of cases of dehydration and heat stroke.
The rescue service urged the older members of the population and those suffering from underlying health conditions to remain indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible.
In total, MDA treated during the week around 700 individuals who suffered from heat strokes.
First published: 13:59 , 09.04.20