(ORDO NEWS) — The extreme and prolonged heat of recent weeks in Israel is expected to cause agricultural damage worth more than 8.5 million dollars or 30 million shekels, an insurance fund spokesman said.
On May 25, 2020, the Israeli Meteorological Service (MSM) noted that although absolute temperature records were not broken, hot weather was record-breaking in intensity and duration.
Abnormal temperatures throughout the country lasted six days — from 40 to 43 ° C were measured in the coastal Negev and northern valleys; from 43 to 47 ° C in the Jordan Valley and Arava Valley; from 35 to 38 ° C in the central part of the mountains; 38 to 41 ° C in the Lower Galilee and in the south of the Golan Heights, and 33 to 36 ° C in the Upper Galilee and in the north of the Golan Heights.
The Fund received numerous reports of damage to various crops as a result of extreme heat from all regions of the country, including southern Ramat Hagolan, upper Hagalil, central Israel and southern Israel.
Thermal damage to fruits and vegetables will lead to a significant drop in future crop yields, including avocados, citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes and watermelons.
It is also expected that this will lead to higher prices in supermarkets, with prices for fruits and vegetables increasing by 30 percent, in particular cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and possibly watermelons.
Hot weather has already led to a shortage of nectarines, as well as rising prices for apricots. Meanwhile, peaches and cherries became cheaper because the heat made them ripen faster.
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