Global Warming Comeback? Israel Sizzles With Record Temps

It feels like the hottest August ever in Israel this week, but it's actually still only May – as Israel experiences its second extreme heat wave in the space of just two weeks.

The record temperatures Wednesday – over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) – set a second record, with Israel experiencing a second major heat wave in the normally temperate month of May for the first time since 1970.

On Wednesday, May 18, a temperature of 41 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) was recorded in Tel Aviv, while on Wednesday, May 27, the high temperature for the day was 42.6 Celsius (107 Fahrenheit).

The last time a temperature of 40 Celsius or above was recorded in May in Tel Aviv was in 1970, when the thermometer hit 41.5 degrees on May 21 of that year.

In Jerusalem, the high temperature Wednesday was 39 Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit ), just shy of the record of 39.6 set in 1939, and ahead of 1970's 38.6 Celsius.

While many attribute unusually warm or cold weather to climate change, scientists are still debating the facts of the matter.


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