Calls to Magen David Adom (MDA) medics over dust storm-related injuries jumped by 80% on Wednesday, after 407 people were treated due to the inclement weather – up from just 255 on Tuesday.
Of the 632 total patients treated, 374 suffered from shortness of breath, asthma attacks, and other respiratory disorders; 175 people experienced complications related to heart disease; and 83 people have fainted, Walla! News reports.
Hospitals which have seen the highest influx include coastal and southern (Negev)-area medical centers, as the storm has begun to gradually recede from Judea-Samaria (Shomron) and the Jerusalem area. A full 50% decrease in weather-related emergencies was recorded at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.
"MDA continues to remain alert following a heat and haze wave," Executive Director Eli Bin stated Wednesday night. "In order to avoid injury, I ask the general public to listen to MDA recommendations, and to pay attention to the most vulnerable populations – the elderly, children, and babies – and to drink more and to stay in shady and air-conditioned areas."
Temperatures nationwide have reached record highs during the sudden dust storm.
Overnight, lows in the Dead Sea area and the Arava reached as high as 35C (95F); in the Emek Yizrael area, 29C (84.2F); in the coastal region, 28C (82.4F); 27C (80.6F) in the northern Negev; and 29C (84.2F) in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) area. Humidity reached 85-95% in the coastal region, the Yizrael valley, and the northern Negev.
Visibility is due to increase, and the dust to slowly subside, at a gradual pace between Thursday and Friday, according to meteorologists. Recent temperatures approaching 37C (100F) are due to peak for a final time Thursday, then subside slowly after Sunday, reaching average temperatures for Israel's summer season by the end of next week.