After receiving surprise light showers on Monday, much of northern and central Israel once again experienced short bouts of rain
While these rains were also mostly light, some heavy downpours occurred on a local level, according to Dr. Amos Porat, head of the Israel Meteorological Service's Climate Department. The reason behind the Thursday rains was an upper air trough and surface depression in southern Turkey, which resulted in an unstable atmosphere with westerly winds and relatively cool air, he explained.
While such rainy events do not occur every May, Porat stressed that this is not a rare occurrence for the season, as it is still spring and not yet summer.
Partly cloudy conditions will begin clearing on Friday, with a slight warm-up in temperatures, which will be followed by an additional warm-up and fair skies on Saturday, the IMS forecasted.
Strong northerly winds will prevail along the coast on Saturday, and an additional rise in temperatures will likely occur on Sunday, leading to unseasonably hot "Sharav" conditions on Sunday and Monday, the IMS said