Photo Credit: Yaniv Nadav / Flash 90
A flash flood in the Judea desert. Archive: January 2018

On Tuesday and Wednesday it’s expected that rain will fall locally in most areas of the country.

Isolated thunderstorms, strong winds and rain with flash flood warnings are in effect for the eastern and southern wadis (river canyons), in the Jordan Valley, in the Judean Desert and in the Dead Sea region, according to the Metro-Tech meteorology service. There is also a warning of a “high sea swimming danger” in the Mediterranean Sea through Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than usual for this time of year, but still warm.

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On Thursday the weather will stabilize in most areas of the country; some scattered showers are expected in the Golan Heights. Temperatures will rise significantly, mainly in the mountains and inland regions.

Due to the unusual weather patterns, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced closures of the tourism and hiking trails at Nahal Darga and Nahal Qumran from Tuesday through Wednesday.

For more information, tourists can call the center at *3639, or check for updates on the Israel Nature and Parks Authority website.

Rain is extremely rare in the summer months in Israel.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.