Purim forecast: According to the Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry, the air pollution level in southern Israel this afternoon will be considerably high due to sandstorms. Rain is expected in northern Israel this afternoon.


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The thousands of Israelis who plan to attend Purim events throughout the country today (Sunday) are expected to encounter heavy haze and strong winds starting this afternoon. In southern Israel, sandstorms are even expected. In northern Israel, there is a chance of rain.

“In the afternoon hours, the air pollution levels in the Negev and Eilat are expected to be high due to sand and dust storms,” stated the Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry. The ministry recommended that heart and lung disease patients, senior citizens, pregnant women and children avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in the afternoon. The ministry added that even healthy people should avoid strenuous outdoor physical activity.

Today’s forecasted temperatures: 24 degrees C (75.2 degrees F) in Nahariya, 18 degrees C (64.4 degrees F) in Safed, 21 degrees C (69.8 degrees F) in Nazareth, 22 degrees C (71.6 degrees F) in Haifa, 21 degrees C (69.8 degrees F) in Ariel, 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) in Tel Aviv, 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) in Jerusalem, 28 degrees C (82.4 degrees F) at the Dead Sea, 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) in Sderot, 26 degrees C (78.8 degrees F) in Beersheba and 24 degrees C (75.2 degrees F) in Eilat.

Tomorrow will bring a major change in weather as the temperatures will significantly decrease and it will be cooler than usual at this time of the season. Rain is expected mainly in northern and central Israel. The temperatures will remain low for the rest of the week.