Hail and floods in the Negev

Inclement weather strikes most of country. Severe flooding causes road, highway closures.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

flooding in Be'er Sheva
flooding in Be'er Sheva
Ron Dahan/TPS

Heavy rain and hail have spread over much of the country since early Wednesday morning. The rains are expected to continue until Friday.

Heavy hail was reported in the Negev cities of Dimona and Arad.

Several roads and highways have been closed to traffic, primarily in the south, due to flooding.

The Nature and Parks Authority announced the closure of the Nahal Ramon and Ein Ovdat national parks due to severe flooding. The Authority said that the regulations must be obeyed in order to prevent unnecessary danger to tourists.

Rain fell today in most areas of the country accompanied by thunderstorms and hail. There is a significant concern of flooding in the rivers of the southern and eastern parts of the country. There is also fear of flooding on the coastal plain. The rain will be accompanied bya significant decrease in temperature which will be unseasonably low. There may be haze mainly in the north of the country.

Local showers are expected overnight. There may be isolated thunderstorms.

Tomorrow there will continue to be local showers in most areas of the country accompanied by isolated thunderstorms. There are fears of floods in the southern and eastern rivers. Temperatures will continue to be unseasonably low.

On Friday, local rains are still expected and there are fears of flooding in the south and east of the country.

On Saturday it will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will increase and they will be normal for the season. In the north of the country local rain showers may remain.

נחל יעלים שעלה על גדותיו
צילום: דוברות משטרת ישראל
נחל רמון
צילום: צור נצר, רשות הטבע והגנים

הצפה בחניון בארות שבמצפה רמון
צילום: צור, נצר, רשות הטבע והגנים
rain covers Israel
Meteorological Service