Israel braces for extremely hot weather; emergency services on high alert

Summer is here early. After temperatures rose Sunday, today intense heat will hit most areas of the country. The mercury will reach 36 degrees Celcius degrees in Tel Aviv and 42 in Eilat.

Due to the risk of forest fires, Fire Service commissioner Shahar Ayalon signed an order on Sunday evening banning fires in public places in most of the country including in the Golan Heights, the Galil, the Mount Carmel area, the West Bank, and Jerusalem. 

"We are asking that the public to be alert in regard to forest fires and to call us as soon as fire or smoke is seen," a statement from the Fire Service read. 


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