Lake Kinneret rises 20 cm. over weekend

Melting snows in Golan expected to contribute to further rise of lake; weather forecasted to warm up rest of week.

March 4, 2012 10:30
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The Kinneret at sunset

Kinneret at sunset 311. (photo credit: Joe Yudin)

The level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose 20 centimeters over the weekend and now stands 3.37 meters below the basin's upper red line. Even with rain expected to tail off on Sunday afternoon, the lake will likely see a further rise as snows which have fallen in the Golan Heights begin to melt.

The country's three main water sources – the Kinneret, the mountain aquifers and coastal aquifers – are collectively missing about 1.5 to 2 billion cubic meters of water, due to the last seven drought years.

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Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday night that "it's a wonderful year and we're very happy about it but in order to fill Lake Kinneret we need two more winters like that in a row," Schor said. "We hope that we are now in a row of at least seven good years." .

The rainy weather which has contributed to Lake Kinneret's rise was expected to continue from the North to the Negev on Sunday, weakening in the afternoon. Gusty winds were slated to continue as temperatures will rise toward the evening hours, the Israel Meteorological Service forecasted.

Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea remained dangerous due to high waves and their was a risk of flash floods in eastern and southern streams.

Skies were expected to remain partly cloudy on Monday, although temperatures would continue to rise. Temperatures were expected to become increasingly warmer throughout the week.

Sharon Udasin contributed to this report.

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