The sun setting.
(photo credit: AP)
With the mid-August heat showing no mercy on the Holy Land, locals broke an
alltime single-day record for electricity use on Wednesday afternoon, the Israel
Electric Corporation announced.
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The corporation said demand topped 11,200
megawatts, following 19 straight days of unprecedented energy usage.
no relief from the blazing heat in sight, the corporation has asked Israelis to
conserve electricity so as not to drain the company’s power reserves, and in
order to prevent a power outage from taking place. They recommended consumers
avoid using appliances that require a high level of electricity between the peak
hours of noon and 5 p.m.
In addition to air conditioners, such appliances
include dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, stoves, water heaters and vacuum
The IEC has asked that in the case of air conditioners,
consumers set their temperatures at no lower than 25ºC.
forecast for the next few days is less than encouraging, with high temperatures
and heatwave conditions expected across the country on Thursday and
Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 37ºC in Jerusalem
on Thursday, with slightly cooler temperatures expected in humid Tel
Air conditioners will likely be working overtime in the North on
Thursday, as the mercury is projected to hit as high as 43ºC in Tiberias and
39ºC in Katzrin.
And a visit to Eilat this weekend is not for the faint
of heart, as forecasts predict extreme heat reaching as high as 47ºC in the
On a positive note, Saturday and Sunday are expected to
be partly cloudy across the country, which may cool things off a bit – though
the temperatures will still be hotter than usual, even for mid- August.