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Holidaymakers at the Dead Sea during extremely hot September
Photo: Herzl Yosef
Holidaymakers at the Dead Sea during extremely hot September

Hottest September seared into Israeli record books

Israel beset by remarkably long and steamy heatwaves, persisting through the month — during which temperatures in some parts of the country soared well above the average from previous years

Ahiya Raved |
Published: 10.01.20 , 19:01
Israel saw the hottest September on record as many parts of the country experienced sizzling-hot temperatures throughout the month, the Israel Meteorological Service reported on Thursday.
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  • All throughout September, the country was beset by remarkably long and steamy heatwaves, especially at the beginning of the month.
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    Holidaymakers at the Dead Sea during extremely hot September
    (Photo: Herzl Yosef)
    According to the report, Israel's central region saw daytime temperatures rise 3°-4.5° C (5.5°-8° F) above the average from previous years and 2.5°-4.0° C (4.5°-7° F) higher at night.
    The previous hottest September in Israeli history was recorded in 2015, but temperatures this year may have been matched or even surpassed them.
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    Seeking refuge from the heat in the Sea of Galilee in September
    (Photo: Efi Sharir)
    The report noted that above-average temperatures have persisted throughout most of September, especially during an extreme heatwave that hit the country on September 3 that lasted well into the second half of the month.
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    People flock to the beach in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Yair Sagi)
    Temperatures in Jerusalem have exceeded 31°C (88°F) across a 24-day stretch for the first time since record-keeping began in the capital in 1867. Temperatures in the Galilee region in northern Israel, which enjoys fairly comfortable weather all through the year, have risen over to 40°C (104°F) for eight straight days.
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