Rains that overtook the Galilee region during Shavuot caused the Kinneret to rise 2 centimeters for 209.89 meters below sea level, the Water Authority's Hydrological Services reported. In the evening, however, the water level dropped half a centimeter due to water pumping from the National Water Carrier.
All in all, the Galilee region received about 30 millimeters of rainwater within just a few hours on Wednesday, with the Arbel region in the northwest Kinneret basin accumulating the most – 33.6 millimeters. In the South of the Kinneret, about 28.8 millimeters of rainwater fell.
The rise in Kinneret water level is unprecedented for May, with the latest documented rise for the calendar year occurring on April 29, 2006, the Water Authority said. This increase comes just over a week after the Kinneret's first drop for the season, when the basin fell to 209.875 meters below sea level on May 6. At the same time, the Water Authority warned of a severe drought period that Israelis should prepare themselves for during the years 2015-2035.