Sand storm to continue through the weekend

Forecasts claim storm will continue until Jewish New Year; Jerusalem reaches highest level of air pollution in 75 years

NASA footage over Israel Tuesday

NASA footage over Israel Tuesday

The sand and haze storm across Israel will remain in the region and will likely only clear early next week due to lack of wind. The storm has clouded Israel due to the high level of sand in the air, causing thick, yellow skies.

The storm is amidst a mild heat wave, which will run into the weekend with high levels of humidity. Forecasts for the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShanah, are set at slightly lower temperatures and less humidity.

Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry has warned of the high pollution in the air, Jerusalem reported to have reached the highest level of air pollution in over 75 years.

Magen David Adom paramedics reported that over 340 Israelis received medical treatment due to the sand storm, the emergency service to “continue to be on alert in light of the heat wave and dust storm.”

A photo taken by NASA shows the sand storm over the Jewish state as well as parts of Iraq and Syria.