Israelis will experience unseasonably hot and dry temperatures while fasting
this Yom Kippur, due to a high-altitude air ridge and an influx of northerly
The weather changes will burden the country with considerable
rises in heat, with the interior portions of Israel receiving the most scorching
temperatures and an increased risk of fires, the Israel Meteorological Service
(IMS) announced on Tuesday.
During the heat wave, the hottest days will
be Thursday, Friday and Saturday – with temperatures climbing the highest on
Friday, the eve of Yom Kippur.
In meteorological terms, a ridge is an
elongated region characterized by high atmospheric pressure, whereas a trough is
such an area with low atmospheric pressure.
At the hottest point of the
heat wave – on Friday – temperatures in the Shfela region could climb to 34-35
degrees Celsius, in the Jerusalem and Beersheba areas to 35-36 degrees Celsius
and in the Galilee and southern Golan Heights to 39-41 degrees Celsius, IMS data
Such a hot-weather event is rare on Yom Kippur, in part
because the holiday usually falls in October or late September, the IMS
explained. During the past 50 years, only in 1988 and in 2002 did the country
experience such levels of heat over the holiday.
For the years 1995 to
2009, the average daily maximum temperature in mid-September was 31 degrees
Celsius for the Shfela region and 28 degrees Celsius for the Jerusalem region,
according to IMS data. During those years in mid-October, averages were 29
degrees Celsius and 26-27 degrees Celsius for the respective
While the weather forecasts do indicate unusually hot
temperatures, the IMS stressed that these are daytime maximum
Because the nights are getting longer during this time of year
and nighttime temperatures drop considerably, it will be more difficult for
severe conditions to accumulate during the day now in comparison to the height
of summertime, the IMS said.
The Health Ministry warned people of all
ages to take care to protect their health.
The elderly, patients with
chronic diseases, pregnant women and babies especially, but also others, should
avoid exposure to sun and heat, not perform any unnecessary physical activity
and frequently drink water (not including those fasting on Yom Kippur, except on
doctor’s orders) and stay in airconditioned places as much as
There is also a danger of forest fires.