Relentlessly hotter: Sizzling heat increasingly the norm in Israel, data shows

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Sue Surkes

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Times of Israel, the

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Another of David’s graphs, presented at a meeting on Monday of the Environmental Protection Ministry’s Climate Change Preparedness Directorate, showed the number of days in a year in Tel Aviv during which temperatures exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (85°F), between 1964 and 2019.

Between 1964 and 1971, the central city was relatively comfortable, with temperatures above 30°C occurring on anything from 11 to 22 days per year only. The exceptions were 34 days in 1966, 39 in 1968 and 35 in 1970.

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of such days was already creeping up, to 15 to 23 per year, with 2010 setting a record of 53 days.

In recent years, the trend has picked up much further, with 90 such days in 2016, 81 in 2017, 98 in 2018 and 88 in 2019.

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