The month of January was extremely arid, according to figures, released Monday by the Water Authority's Hydrological Service. The water level of Lake Kinneret/the Sea of Galilee - the country's largest freshwater source - rose 11 centimeters to 211.28 meters below sea level. The available volume was about 18 million cubic meters, second lowest to 2009 in the 88 years that measurements have been taken.
The Dead Sea's water level went down eight centimeters to 427.9 meters below sea level, following a three-centimeter drop in December, compared to a three-centimeter rise a year ago. Rainfall for the period between September and January stood at 64 percent of the annual average.