There are fears of flooding in eastern rivers and lower regions and snow is expected on Mount Hermon.
In the northern city of Haifa, the temperatures will dip from 15 degrees celsius during the day Sunday to 12 degrees at night. In Tel Aviv, the weather will be similar with a range of 15 degrees during the day and 12 degrees at night. In the southern city of Be’er Sheva, temperatures will range from 15 degrees throughout the day to just 9 degrees at night. In Jerusalem, the weather will be especially cold with temperatures reaching 10 degrees celsius during the day and falling to 7 degrees overnight.
The Water Authority reported the water level in the Sea of Galilee went up by 4.5 cm (2 inches) since Friday, and by 2.57 meters (8 feet)since the beginning of Israel’s winter season. The freshwater lake is currently missing some 3.3 meters (11 feet) of water to reach full capacity.
In the last 24 hours, Jerusalem saw some 28mm of rain, while Haifa saw at least 25mm of rain. Tel Aviv, however, saw only 5mm of rain overnight, but in the morning hours the rain intensified to the point that a sinkhole opened in a middle of a street in the city of Givatayim, east of Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environmental Protection warned that high levels of pollution are expected in the Gulf of Eilat area due to a large cloud of dust blowing from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. High risk populations such as the elderly, pregnant women, children as well as heart and lung disease patients are recommended to avoid strenuous physical activity. The general public is also advised to stay inside.
According to the Meteo-Tech meteorological company, southwestern winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach the speed of up to 40 kph (25 mph), while the waves could reach heights of up to 400 cm (13 feet).
On Monday, rainfall - accompanied by occasional thunderstorms - is expected in most parts of the country. There is a risk of flooding in eastern rivers and lower regions, with the temperatures remaining below the seasonal average. Snowfall will continue on Mount Hermon.
Tuesday will see a mix of sun and clouds with intermittent rain hitting northern and central Israel, with temperatures remaining cooler than usual. On Wednesday the temperatures are expected to warm up and return to seasonal average.