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      Rainstorms Sunday, Flood Warning in Negev

      Break in rainy weather expected Monday, Tuesday, but downpours to return in Wednesday storms.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 12/8/2013, 8:03 AM

      Rain at the Kotel
      Rain at the Kotel
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      Rain continued to fall in northern and central Israel on Sunday morning after a rainy Sabbath. On-and-off local showers are expected to continue throughout the day, accompanied by occasional thunderstorms.

      Local rainstorms in southern Israel could create a flood risk in the Dead Sea area, the Judean desert, and the northern Negev.

      Temperatures are predicted to range from 1-5 degrees (33-41 Fahrenheit) in the Hermon, 8-15 (46-59 Fahrenheit) in the Tzfat and Kiryat Shemonah areas, 11-17 (52-62) in Haifa, 12-18 (53-64) in Tel Aviv and Ashkelon, 7-13 (44-55) in Jerusalem, Maaleh Adumim and Beit El, 10-17 (50-62) in Modiin and Beit Shemesh, 6-12 (42-53) in Gush Etzion and the Hevron region, 7-14 (44-57) in Mitzpeh Rimon and Arad, 16-22 (61-72) in Ein Gedi, and 14-23 (57-73) in Eilat.

      On Monday and Tuesday skies will be partially cloudy in most of the country, and there may be light local showers, particularly in the north, forecasters say. Skies are expected to remain overcast in much of the north, including the cities of Haifa, Tiveria (Tiberias) and Tzfat.

      Rain is expected to return Wednesday with downpours and thunderstorms across the country, from Katzrin to Eilat. Storms are expected to be milder in the Negev and south.

      The Chief Rabbis of Israel urged the public to say extra prayers for rain this year after November and early December remained largely sunny. The winter rain is vital to Israeli agriculture.

      On Thursday, MK Zevulun Kalfa, head of the Knesset’s Agricultural Lobby, held a special prayer for rain with Chief Rabbi David Lau.