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.
Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor told The Jerusalem Post
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
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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