Photo: Shir Joshua
Thunderstorms in Raanana
Photo: Shir Joshua
Thunderstorms and lighting: Winter that wouldn't go
Just as Israelis thought they'd put away their raincoats for good, unseasonably cold weather and heavy rainfalls hit most of the country, causing roadblocks in southern Israel and leading to fears of flooding
Israelis found themselves once again reaching for umbrellas after heavy showers hit most parts of the country early Monday morning. In southern Israel, heavy rainfall, accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms, caused blocked roads in some areas of the Negev Desert.



Throughout the day, the temperatures are expected to dip below seasonal average and snowfalls are expected on Mount Hermon. Although rainfall was expected to weaken throughout the day, there were still fears of flooding by eastern and southern rivers.  


Thunderstorm in Raanana    (צילום: שיר יהושע)

Thunderstorm in Raanana   (צילום: שיר יהושע)


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In the northern city of Haifa, the temperatures will dip from 17 degrees celsius during the day Monday to 11 degrees at night. In Tel Aviv, the weather will be similar with a range of 17 degrees during the day and 1 degrees at night. In the southern city of Be’er Sheva, temperatures will range from 15 degrees throughout the day to just 7 degrees at night. In Jerusalem, the weather will be especially cold with temperatures reaching 11 degrees celsius during the day and falling to 6 degrees overnight.


Thunderstorm in Ashkelon (Photo: Maksim Hanin)
Thunderstorm in Ashkelon (Photo: Maksim Hanin)


According to the Meteo-Tech meteorological company, northeastern winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph), while the waves could reach heights of up to 250 cm (8 feet).


The highest amount of precipitation in the past 24 hours was recorded in the northern Negev (26 mm), causing blocked roads around the Dead Sea.


Thunderstorms in Raanana (Photo: Shir Joshua)
Thunderstorms in Raanana (Photo: Shir Joshua)


Tuesday and Wednesday will see a mix of sun and clouds, with a slight increase in the temperatures. Northern parts of the country will be hit by intermittent rain, while on the Golan Heights and the Galilee the weather will be misty.


On Thursday, the skies will be partly cloudy and the average seasonal temperatures will return.


פרסום ראשון: 03.25.19, 15:02
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