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Eerie fog envelops central Israel

Misty weather obscures visibility, slowing traffic, and is expected to recur the next few nights

Fog in central Israel, January 3, 2020. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Fog in central Israel, January 3, 2020. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Dense fog enveloped central Israel on Sunday morning, obscuring views on roadways and slowing traffic.

The eerie mistiness was especially heavy in Tel Aviv.

The fog was due to air flowing inland from the sea, causing humidity to rise on the coastal plain and other areas.

The weather phenomenon can persist as late as noon and is expected to return during the next few nights, reducing visibility across swaths of the country including the coast and northern Negev.

The weather is different from the yellow-tinged haze caused by dust in the air, which sometimes drifts in, including during two sandstorms that blanketed the country in 2015, the worst since modern Israel’s establishment in 1948.

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