Forecast: Heat wave headed to Israel

Winter schminter. Along with sunny skies, temperatures in Israel to reach nearly 80°F at the start of next week.

Cynthia Blank ,

Israelis enjoy beach on warm day
Israelis enjoy beach on warm day
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After three straight weekends of rain and cold, Israelis finally have some sun to look forward to as the week ends. 

Thursday morning's forecast will see light rain in the north and along the coastal areas. Skies will clear up slightly later in the day, remaining partly cloudy. 

From Friday through to Sunday, skies will be clear and sunny and temperatures will begin to rise above seasonal averages. 

A heat wave will strike Israel on Monday as temperatures jump to nearly 80°F along the coastal plan and in the Shfela region. The rest of the country is also anticipated to be unseasonably warm. 

Temperatures Thursday will reach 13°C (55°F) in the Golan Heights, 18° (64°) at the Sea of Galilee, 15° (59°) in Haifa, 17° (63°) in Tel Aviv, 12° (54°) in Jerusalem, 16° (61°) in Be'er Sheva, 15° at the Dead Sea and 21° (70°) in Eilat.