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Rain finally falls in central Israel ahead of an expected wintry weekend

Showers are expected to reach their peak on Saturday and peter out by Monday, after a dry start to November

People take cover from the rain as they walk on Jaffa Road  in the city center of Jerusalem on October 31, 2021 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
People take cover from the rain as they walk on Jaffa Road in the city center of Jerusalem on October 31, 2021 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Thursday saw rainfall across central Israel, ahead of an expected wintry weekend.

Local showers fell in Tel Aviv and surrounding areas, as well as in the Sharon region and the western Negev.

Rain was expected to grow stronger on Friday, with potentially heavy falls on Saturday, after a recent dry period. Meteorologists expect some 50-100 mm to fall in the center and the north by Monday when the clouds are expected to depart.

There are some concerns that central towns could experience flooding, though no major incidents are expected.

The warm temperatures over the past month have been a far cry from last year, when Israel experienced the wettest November since 1994, causing extensive flooding and damage in several coastal cities.

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