Winter Returns for a Brief Visit

Winter returns briefly with cool weather, local rain showers. Hot weather to be back by Wednesday.

Maayana Miskin,

Rainy days
Rainy days
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Winter weather returned briefly on Saturday night, and is expected to stay until Monday. Rain began falling in northern Israel shortly after the end of the Sabbath.

Temperatures dropped across the country after a hot weekend. The cool weather is expected to remain until Tuesday, when temperatures will begin to rise again.

Sunday will be cool and windy, with local rain showers in the north and center and possibly as far south as the northern Negev.

There may be brief thunderstorms in the north.

On Monday skies will be partially cloudy, forecasters say. Light local rain showers may occur during the morning, but are expected to end by mid-day.

The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose by 1.5 centimeters over the weekend, a modest increase compared to the rate of increase earlier in the rainy season.

The rainy season will officially end next week with the beginning of the Passover holiday.