Israelis told to brace for blistering heatwave – how to stay safe


Firefighters and paramedics prepare for sizzling weather as temperatures are set to climb past 40° Celsius tomorrow.  Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. Make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion
  • heatstroke

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports

Tips for coping in hot weather

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

How do I know if someone needs help?

If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink.

Seek medical help if symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away.  For ambulance services in Israel dial 101.

2015 Beach Race – Run the beach “Solgar” Netanya

Run the Beach Netanya 2015

2015 Beach Race

Come enjoy the experience of having a run on Netanya’s beaches.

Friday, 15 May, Poleg Beach, 7:00 a.m.

Additional information and registration on the Shvoong website


Important notice to the driving public regarding blocking of roads
On Friday, 15 May 2015, a Beach Race will be held on Poleg Beach the following roads will be blocked between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.:
Ben Gurion North – between Simcha Erlich St. and Uzi Hitman St.
Uzi Hitman St. East – between Ben Gurion Blvd. and Ehud Manor St.
Ehud Manor St. South – between Uzi Hitman St. and Shosh Atari St.
Shosh Atari St. in both directions – between Ehud Manor St. and Shulamit St. (The Green Beach)
The paved incline towards Poleg Beach – in both directions
The top and bottom parking areas of Argaman Beach from Ben Ami Blvd. – in both directions
The paved incline towards Sironit Beach from Dankner St. – in both directions
*The streets will be fully blocked. No vehicles will be allowed access including those belonging to residents of these streets and construction vehicles.
*Residents of Zalman Shazar St. and Halilach St. will be allowed to exit through Ehud Manor St., in accordance with the instructions of the traffic personnel and signage on site.
*The public is asked to please refrain from arriving in private vehicles to these streets, to use alternate roads and to adhere to the instructions of police, traffic personnel and ushers on site.

Wishing you a successful and safe race!

Information and registration on the Shvoong website

Netanya Music and Arts Festival

14-21 May 2015

A variety of unique art and music events around the city and for the entire family!


Netanya Art and Music Festival 2015


Entrance is free unless otherwise stated.

For more information contact 09-830 8828 or see the municipality website.


Farmers Market at Netanya Stadium May 14-15, 2015

Farmers Market at Netanya Stadium (Enlarge)

Come enjoy a farmers market and colorful food fair at Netanya Stadium in the run up to Shavuot

Thursday-Friday, May 14-15, 2015

What’s on the program?

Local agricultural produce from Netanya and the surrounding area
Selection of plants and flowers, special vegetables, spices, seasonal fruit, boutique cheeses, bread, cake and baked goods, jams, chocolate and premium wines, brewery and more
Booths with Israeli-made arts and crafts
Street performances, arts-and-crafts workshops, music and more

Thursday, May 14th, from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Free of charge – everyone is invited


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