Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 11:00: Dust is still covering much of Israel, and air pollution is still very high, as the storm that blew in from Syria on Tuesday continues.
How to stay safe
Vulnerable populations are still being advised to remain indoors. These include: those with heart and respiratory disease, the elderly, children, and pregnant women.
Schools are being advised to keep students inside during recess.
Healthy people are advised to abstain from unnecessary physical activity outside.
Air pollution levels
While there has been some improvement in the concentrations of particulate matter in the air over the past two days, there is still a lot of dust, and air pollution remains high. Dust level concentrations are twice as high as the "warning value" – the value at which there is risk to public health.
Forecast for Friday, Sept. 11th
Air quality is expected to improve gradually, as the dust settles, though pollution is expected to remain high tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 11th. Air quality throughout Israel is expected to be significantly clearer by the end of the week.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection will continue to update the public based on data obtained from air quality monitoring stations throughout the country, through alert "pop-ups" on the WAZE navigation app, in areas where relevant.
Following is data from the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s air monitoring stations, updated at 7:00, Thurs., Sept. 10th:
Western Galilee 1630 2030
Afula 1810 2400
Neve Sha’anan 1440 2376
Kiryat Ata 1310 2748
Givataim 1474 4165
Ariel 1155 1485
Nir Galim 970 2368 Ashkelon 650 1749
Modi’in 1730 2155 Bet Shemesh 2075 10288
Safra 1198 2433
Be’er Sheva 921 1357
Eastern Negev 1136 1776