Heat Wave Scorches Israel
Electricity consumption in Israel peaked at 12,800 megawatts Monday with the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea & the Arava registering their lowest temperatures at 33°-35°C /91°-95°F.
By Dan Lavie, Nitzi Yaakov, Hili Yakobi-Handelsman, Hezi Sternlicht & Yori Yalon
Sunday night was among the hottest ever recorded in Israel, according to the national meteorological service. In the Dead Sea, Jordan and Arava valleys, the lowest temperatures were 33-35 degrees Celsius (91-95 Fahrenheit), while in the coastal region the low was 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit).
Feeling the heat in Beersheba – Photo: Dudu Greenshpun
These temperatures were the same or hotter than those recorded in the summer of 2010 and 1998, the previous record holders.
Making the heat feel even worse, humidity reached especially high levels of 90% in the coastal region.
Unsurprisingly, the record for electricity usage was broken two days in a row. The new record was marked Monday at 2:09 p.m., at 12,800 megawatts.
On Tuesday the heat wave was expected to subside slightly, with temperatures falling slightly in the north and mountainous regions. There was a chance of rain in the east of the country.
Nahum Melik, a Meteo-Tech meteorologist, told Israel Hayom that Wednesday should be overcast with a further temperature dip and less humidity.
View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=27339