Forecast: rainy days, but higher temps ahead

Rain to appear sporadically throughout most of Israel, but slightly warmer weather ahead.

Tova Dvorin ,

Rain in Israel (illustration)
Rain in Israel (illustration)
Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90

Localized rains will persist Tuesday, but see a slight rise in lower-than-average temperatures. 

Rain will be concentrated from northern Israel to the northern Negev Tuesday and Wednesday, though it is expected to taper off later in the week. 

Highs Tuesday will reach 19°C (66.2°F) in the Golan Heights; 23°C (73.4°F) near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee); 21°C (69.8°F) near Nazareth; 21°C (69.8°F) in Haifa; 24°C (75.2°F) in Tel Aviv; 23°C (73.4°F) along the coastal plain; 18°C (64.4°F) in Ariel; 17°C (62.6°F) in Jerusalem; 22°C (71.6°F) in Be'er Sheva; 17°C (62.6°F) throughout the Negev; 28°C (82.4°F) in the Dead Sea area; and 27°C (80.6°F) in Eilat. 

Record rain

On Monday, rainfall in Ashkelon broke a 2008 record, after the Meteorological Service waypoint at Ashkelon stadium recorded some 92 mm (3.6 inches) falling in one hour, a total of 112 mm (4.4 inches) that day. Until now, the highest record for rainfall in one hour was in 2008, when 88 mm (3.5 inches) fell in Haifa. 

Monday's heavy rainfall also caused the Kinneret to rise for the first time this winter, with a 1.5 cm (5.9 inch) increase.

Just two days ago, the Water Authority warned that weeks of thunderstorms had not affected the water level, which hovered just 3 cm (1.81 inches) above the lower red line.