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Israel poised to break wintertime electricity use record as chill sets in

Jerusalem Municipality maintenance department prepare tractors for clearing the snow which is expected to fall in Jerusalem, on January 19, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Jerusalem Municipality maintenance department prepare tractors for clearing the snow which is expected to fall in Jerusalem, on January 19, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

As frigid temperatures sink in across the country, Israel is expected to break an all-time record of wintertime electricity usage, says the Israel Electric Corporation.

Yesterday, the IEC says, a record of 14,039 megawatts was recorded, and this evening that figure is expected to hit 14,300 megawatts, as Israelis crank up the heat to stay warm.

The IEC warns that power disruptions amid the heavy usage as well as inclement weather are likely.

In Jerusalem, the overnight low is expected to sink to 36°F (2°C), and some light snowfall is predicted. Even in Tel Aviv, temperatures are predicted to sink to 43°F (6°C). Snow has already been falling in the Golan.

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