Passover: Nature destinations in Israel's North suffer congestion - report

The Passover holiday is a popular vacation time for many Israelis, with schools being off and many others taking time off from work.

 Lake Kinneret (photo credit: Tali Bar/Kinneret Association)
Lake Kinneret
(photo credit: Tali Bar/Kinneret Association)

Several nature destinations in Israel’s North experienced severe congestion on Monday as the Passover holiday continued.

In the Golan Heights, the Jordan Park is shut to visiting hikers as the area is currently at maximum capacity, Ynet reported. Prospective visitors were asked to avoid coming to the area.

In the Galilee, the various beaches on the shores of Lake Kinneret also experienced severe crowding, the report added, citing the Kinneret Cities Association.

Any prospective beachgoers planning a trip to the Sea of Galilee should check the parking lots for an indication of how crowded the area might be.

As always, it is important to remember to stay hydrated as temperatures heat up, but it could also be the perfect time to take a trip to the beach.

People enjoy and bath in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) next to the city of Tiberias on June 23, 2015.   (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)People enjoy and bath in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) next to the city of Tiberias on June 23, 2015. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

This is particularly true this year, as spring has come to Israel hot and strong, with a heat wave striking much of the country.

Temperatures on Monday hit 32°C (90°F) in Jerusalem, typically one of the cooler cities in the country, according to the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS).

The temperature was much the same in Tel Aviv. Haifa was about 30°C (86°F), Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat reached 33°C (91°F) and in Beersheba the temperature rose to 36°C (97°F).

The weather is characterized by the IMS as being “extremely hot and dry,” so staying hydrated is very important.

High winds are also expected, set to be prevalent nationwide throughout the morning and even raising the chance of local sandstorms brewing down south.

Temperatures are set to cool later in the week, especially along the coast, and should be much cooler at night.

Things will get even cooler on Wednesday, with an unusually late-season chance for some light rain.

Things will heat up a bit more on Thursday and forecasts for Friday and Saturday seem set to bring Israel a warm weekend and end to the Passover holiday.