Electricity demand surges as Jordan Valley hits 49°C

As temperatures escalated on Sunday to the highest level yet this season during what will be a weeklong heat wave, electricity consumption breached all-time records.

Extreme heat plagued much of the country during the day, rising to as high as 49°C (120°F) at Kibbutz Gilgal and Beit Ha’arava in the southern Jordan Valley, the Israel Meteorological Service reported. In several places, temperatures nearly reached – and in some cases surpassed – the maximum values ever recorded in those locations, the IMS said.

The sizzling heat wave, which began on Thursday and is expected to continue throughout the week, is the result of an upper air ridge that formed due to subtropical high pressure, according to Dr. Amos Porat, head of the IMS climate department.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Electricity-demand-surges-as-Jordan-Valley-hits-49C-410937

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