Heatwave Scorches Israel


heat waveBy Zack Pyzer

A sudden heat wave swept across Israel on Monday, with temperatures throughout the country soaring, bringing a spate of forest fires. 

Officials from Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service said Monday afternoon that new fires are being reported constantly, and that the total number of incidents were in the tens.

While none of the fires have reportedly become out of control, as with the 2010 Carmel Forest fire, which claimed 44 lives and destroyed vast swathes of the vegetation.

With temperatures set to rise further, Eilat, the Red Sea resort town in the south of the country, will bear the full force of the weather front.

The city, which averages just one inch of rain a year, will see the mercury hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday, just under 42 degrees Celsius.

The heat is forecasted to affect all of Israel, with the coastal plain and northern cities also expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius.

Tazpit News Agency

{Matzav.com Israel}