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Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

During the research led by Yizhak Yosef from the Israeli Meteorological Service and Tel Aviv University, the researchers studied records of extreme weather events from 94 meteorological stations around Israel.

The results show that average minimum temperatures increased by about 0.24, while average maximum temperatures increased by about 0.19 degrees Celsius in each of the last three decades.

According to the paper, over the last thirty years the incidence of ‘periods of high temperatures’, meaning heat waves lasting at least six consecutive days has increased significantly. In addition, the frequency of especially hot nights increased by 7 percent, while the number of exceptionally cold nights has dropped.

The data also shows that with the exception of five years, in the last thirty years winters have been warmer than the multi-year average between 1961 and 1990. The number of days with precipitation of 10 millimetres or more has also declined.

Over the last thirty years, the number of ‘periods of high temperatures’, i.e. heat waves of at least six consecutive days has increased significantly in Israel Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Haaretz

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