Daily Israel Report

Forecast: Rainy ‘Costume Day,’ Warm Purim

Rain to continue on Thursday and Friday, but clear up by Purim.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/13/2014, 11:35 AM

Rain (illustrative)
Rain (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israel enjoyed several days of rain this week, after several particularly dry winter weeks, including one of the driest Januaries on record.

The rainfall has brought the surface of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) up by two centimeters. The Kinneret is Israel’s largest single source of fresh water.

On-and-off rain showers will continue Thursday and Friday, weather forecasters said Thursday morning. Temperatures will remain low Thursday, with strong winds and scattered thunderstorms.

On Friday, rain is expected in the morning hours across most of the country, from the north to the Negev. Friday is the day when many state schools will be celebrating Purim, and many students will be wearing their festive costumes.

The rain is expected to clear up by Purim itself, forecasters say. Rain showers will gradually grow weaker on Friday afternoon, and will end by the Sabbath (Saturday).

Temperatures will begin to rise on Saturday, and will continue to increase on Sunday, when most of the country will be celebrating Purim. Skies are expected to be cloudy but dry throughout the day.