Israel to experience intense heatwave in coming week

Higher-than-average temperatures will last until at least Thursday, with firefighters anticipating potential blazes

The sun over forests near Jerusalem on September 2, 2021. (Nati Shohat/ Flash90)
The sun over forests near Jerusalem on September 2, 2021. (Nati Shohat/ Flash90)

Israel is set for a lengthy heatwave in the coming week, with higher-than-average temperatures starting Sunday and lasting until at least Thursday.

The Jordan Valley will see the worst of the heat, with temperatures climbing as high as 45°C (113°F). Tel Aviv temperatures will reach 32°C (90°F) with 70 percent humidity, while Jerusalem will see temperatures go as high as 37°C (98.6), according to the Israel Meteorological Service.

The service said that Israel will see “an additional rise in temperatures” on Sunday and Monday, with “very hot and dry conditions prevailing in most regions,” and with “heavy-to extreme-heat stress.” The forecast also said it will be “muggy along the coast.”

Firefighters have increased their readiness for blazes breaking out under the sweltering heat.

The frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves throughout the world, including in Israel, are on the rise amid climate change.

Sudden, intense temperature jumps are known to cause increased hospitalizations and deaths in susceptible populations, particularly among the elderly.

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