Forecast: Winter weather on hiatus until Sunday

Temperatures unseasonably warm throughout the weekend - but it's a temporary reprieve.

Tova Dvorin ,

Israelis enjoy the sunshine (file)
Israelis enjoy the sunshine (file)
Yossi Zamir/Flash90

Israel's winter weather will continue to take a break over the weekend, following an increase in temperatures and clearing skies. 

Highs Friday will reach 25°C (77°F) in the Golan Heights, 28°C (82.4°F) in the Galilee, 24°C (75.2°F) in Haifa, 24°C (75.2°F) in Tel Aviv, 24°C (75.2°F) in the coastal plain, 23°C (73.4°F) in Ariel, 22°C (71.6°F) in Jerusalem, 26°C (78.8°F) in Be'er Sheva, 29°C (84.2°F) in the Dead Sea, and 29°C (84.2°F) in Eilat. 

Saturday will see a slight increase in temperatures, especially inland and in Israel's mountainous regions; the weather is expected to be unusually warm and dry for the season. 

Rain will return next week, however, with a significant drop in temperatures forecast for Sunday, and local rains predicted for the north and center regions in the afternoon and evening.

Rains in those areas will persist on into Monday.