After Wednesday’s sweltering heat subsided, Israelis enjoyed significantly cooler temperatures on Thursday but endured heavy dust for much of the day.
A hazy Thursday followed a daylong heat wave in which temperatures rose to 44° Celsius in some areas of the country, igniting fires that damaged several homes and infrastructural facilities. While temperatures fell dramatically on Thursday, reaching only high 20s° or low 30s° in most places, dust that accumulated prompted air pollution warnings around the country.
"The haze and the dust are rather common after a sharav [heat wave] is broken," said Dr. Amos Porat, head of the Israel Meteorological Service Climate Department. "The warm system from North Africa and the southerly winds carry dust from the desert to our area."