As August winds down, Israel is bracing for an unseasonable “extreme heat wave,” according to meteorologists.
Friday was expected to see a rise in temperatures that will extend into Saturday. By Saturday afternoon, temperatures will be dangerously high in desert and lowland areas.
Friday’s highs were expected to reach 33°C (91°F) in Jerusalem, 32°C (90°F) in Tel Aviv, 31°C (88°F) in Haifa, 40° (104°F) at the Dead Sea, 36°C (97°F) in Beersheba and 42°C (108°F) in Eilat.
The heat wave is expected to last into Sunday and possibly longer, with temperatures returning to their average for this end-of-summer period on in the middle of the week.