Israel welcomes autumn with first rainfall
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Israel welcomes autumn with first rainfall

Meteorologists say downpour too light to be considered true downpour; hot weather to continue, with showers

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli children running with umbrellas in a field of sea squill flowers in the city of Ashkelon, during the first rain of the year. September 29, 2012. (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)
Israeli children running with umbrellas in a field of sea squill flowers in the city of Ashkelon, during the first rain of the year. September 29, 2012. (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

Despite the recent bout of warm weather, Israel welcomed autumn on Saturday with its first rainfall of the year, just one week after the country switched the clock back from daylight savings time.

The rain hit the country from north to south, with particularly stormy weather being reported in the Golan Heights.

In Jerusalem, the rain began on Saturday night, clearing the air after two days of notably hot, humid weather.

However, in most areas the rainfall was light at best, leading meteorologists to determine it couldn’t really be considered the first true rainfall of the year.

Weather forecasts predicted that showery weather would persist until Monday, the first day of the festival of Sukkot.

Warnings were issued to hikers regarding flooding in the Negev.

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