Israeli Heat to Ease a Bit but Future Remains Bleak2 min read
On Wednesday, meteorologists predicted that the next few days in Israel would see temperatures ease, but they were expected to rise again over the weekend. The Israel Meteorological Service disclosed on Wednesday that temperatures in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had reached 32°C by 3 p.m., while they reached 36°C in the country’s south in Beersheba. The weather was a bit cooler in the north, with a high of 29°C recorded in Haifa.
There was to be a drop in the mercury by 1 to 2°C before the weekend all over the country. On Thursday, temperatures in Beersheba were expected to hit 34°C, while temperatures in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were expected to go below the 30°C mark.
However, forecasts indicated that the weekend would see temperatures rise once more and lead into next week. Summer in Israel appears to be relatively average as compared to Europe, which is facing a heatwave that has resulted in fires in the south of the continent.
Moreover, for the first time, temperatures rose above 40°C in the United Kingdom. According to climate scientists, global warming will cause such extreme weather events to become quite common.
According to the IMS, from 2030 onwards, Israel will also deal with heatwaves that will continue for 7 to 10 days and certain parts of the country will see temperatures climb to as high as 50°C. This assessment was disclosed on Tuesday.
The number of annual heatwaves would also increase by 2060 from four to six and the average temperatures in the summer season would go from 33.5°C to 35°C. The government body’s director, Nir Stav said that if there was a one in 100 chance of temperatures rising above 50°C, the probability has now come down to one in 10 in accordance with the current climate.
During heatwaves in 2050, the daily high temperatures would be in their mid-40s and also climb to 50°C in the country’s north in Jordan Valley. While the south of Israel would also see temperatures hitting 40°C. The report said that Jerusalem would also swelter under temperatures in the low 40s.
It has also been revealed that nights will also not be able to offer much relief in the future, as daily temperature lows of 20°C will be seen about 75 times in a year by 2050, while the number stands at 63 now.
In addition, extreme heat will not be the only problem that Israel would have to deal with. According to the IMS, the number of days of rainfall will also decline by 8 to 13 in the coming years. On September 4th, 2020, the country had experienced its history’s hottest day.
Eilat, the southern coastal resort city had seen temperatures rise to as high as 48.9°C, which had been completely unprecedented. The conditions are expected to deteriorate in the future years, not just for Israel, but other parts of the world as well that are already suffering from these weather anomalies.