Israeli Winter Announces Itself with Rain, Thunderstorms

December 9, 2019
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Rainfall in Jerusalem yesterday

Monday, 9 December 2019 | After the hottest November in years, Israelis finally got to enjoy a whiff of rainfall that spread all across the country yesterday.

Throughout the day yesterday, the temperatures dipped to the coldest this season so far and the rain intensified and spread from the northern parts of the country all the way to the Negev Desert. In some parts of the country, showers were accompanied by lightning and thunder.

There are fears of flooding in eastern and southern rivers as well as the coastal plain.

According to the Meteo-Tech meteorological company, winds in the southwest to the southwest Mediterranean Sea reached speeds of up to 50 kph [31 mph], while the waves reached heights of up to 160 cm [5 ft].

Tomorrow and Wednesday the weather will not change significantly, with temperatures remaining within the same range. The rainfall will continue in most parts of the country and will be accompanied by thunderstorms.

On Wednesday the temperatures are expected to warm up and it is expected to be mostly sunny.

Just three weeks ago, Israel was still in the midst of a record heatwave, which saw temperatures rise above 30°C [86°F].

Posted on December 9, 2019

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on December 8, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Michio Nagata/