Israel enduring hottest August in 5 years


(JTA) — Temperatures in Israel topped 110 degrees as the country experienced its hottest August in five years.

The northern town of Tzemach experienced heat of 111 degrees, while the temperature in the West Bank settlement of Gilgal reached 115 degrees. In the southern city of Beersheba, the high was 109.

Israel’s Meteorological Service said it was the hottest August since 2010, according to to the Israeli news site Ynetnews. Several Israelis have needed medical treatment due to heat stroke or dehydration. Israeli authorities are urging Israelis not to hike during the heat wave, which is expected to last through the week.

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