A thick haze blanketed the nation’s skies for the second day in a row on Wednesday, as electricity consumption broke records amid escalating temperatures.
Poor visibility, heavy heat and extreme mugginess are forecast throughout the country into Thursday and beyond. The dusty weather is the heaviest and most polluting to hit the country in 15 years, according to the Environmental Protection Ministry.
Peak electricity demand hit an all-time high on Wednesday, climbing to 12,905 megawatts at 2:45 p.m., with the Israel Electric Corporation providing 10,065 megawatts and private power producers supplying the remainder. Previously, the record was broken during the second heat wave of the summer, with consumption reaching 12,800 megawatts on August 3.