First rain of season pours across the country

Showers, thunderstorms predicted in north; flash flooding possible in Negev.

October 15, 2006 11:24
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flooding good, ap 298. (photo credit: AP [file])

Israelis pulled their umbrellas out of storage Sunday morning as the season's first rains fell in parts of the country, arriving a week before the end of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and just a day after Simchat Torah. A low-pressure system over the eastern Mediterranean basin was expected to bring showers to northern and central parts of the country this week. Isolated thunderstorms were predicted for the north. Temperatures will be below normal Sunday and Monday, but a warm front is expected to move in Tuesday. Wednesday evening and Thursday morning could see additional rain, possibly accompanied by thunderstorms, throughout the country. Temperatures will return to normal mid-week, and are expected to fall again by Friday. A total of 15 to 40 millimeters of rain is expected to fall this week in the north, up to 20 mm in the center, and light drizzles are expected in the south. Waves will be 120-220 centimeters high in the coming days and swimming in the Mediterranean will be dangerous, weather authorities said. Only light rain was expected in the south, but Negev Residents were warned to stay alert for flash flooding. Motorists were warned to take extra care when driving on slippery roads.

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