מזג אוויר גשום גשם חורפי חורף ב תל אביב
Heavy rainfall in Tel Aviv
Photo: Moti Kimchi
Heavy rainfall in Tel Aviv

Heavy rain, flood warnings continue across Israel

Center of country receives most rainfall, while snow predicted for Mount Hermon on Golan Heights; fears of flooding keep popular hiking, abseiling and climbing routes in Judean Desert closed

Ahiya Raved, Raanan Ben Tsur, Itay Blumenthal |
Published: 01.20.20 , 11:03
The stormy weather continued across Israel on Monday, with warnings of local flooding in coastal cities and the lowlands, as well as snowfall on Mount Hermon.
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  • According to Israel Meteorological Service data, the cities with the most rainfall in the past 24 hours were Bat Yam with 45mm and Netanya with 44mm, while overall the center of the country received the most precipitation.
    מזג אוויר גשום גשם חורפי חורף ב תל אביב מזג אוויר גשום גשם חורפי חורף ב תל אביב
    Heavy rainfall in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    Since 10pm Sunday there has been 15.7 mm of rain in Beit Dagan, 9 mm in Tel Aviv and 3mm in Hadera.
    The central city of Rishon Lezion received 37mm of rainfall by 7am Monday, and a similar amount was recorded in the northern Golan Heights.
    The Sea of Galilee has risen by 5cm since Sunday, reaching a height of 210,665 meters below sea level as of Monday morning. The Water Authority said the Sea of Galilee is now just 1.865 meters below its maximum capacity.
    מזג אוויר חורפי חורף שלג הר החרמון מזג אוויר חורפי חורף שלג הר החרמון
    Snow at Mount Hermon on the Golan Heights
    (Photo: Hermon Ski Site)
    The authorities say that the Jordan River drainage basin has received some 40 mm of rainfall, causing a moderate rise in its water level.
    The heavy rains caused flooding in various locations on Sunday.
    מזג אוויר ב חיפהמזג אוויר ב חיפה
    Stormy shores in Haifa
    (Photo: Ido Erez)
    The Nature and Parks Authority announced that the extended hiking route at the Nahal Ayun reservation is closed to visitors due to flooding, along with the Ein Gedi reserve and the extended killing routes at Nahal David and Nahal Arugot.
    Due to fears of flooding, the hiking routes along Nahal Darga, Nahal Og and Nahal Prat and all the climbing and abseiling spots in the Judean Desert will remain closed to travelers until Wednesday at the earliest.
    The rain will continue throughout Monday, especially in the north and center of the country, with more fears of flooding in the Judean and Jordan rivers and in coastal cities and lowlands.
    On Tuesday, rain will fall sporadically across the entire country, with accompanying thunderstorms and fears of flooding.

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