After the pleasant spring weather that visited most of Israel on Sunday, the country is taking a sharp jump back into winter, with a heavy sandstorm due to hit on Monday. Meteorologists have recommended that citizens close their windows from Monday morning on, as huge amounts of dust and sand are to beat down upon the country. As Monday progresses, a heavy haze is predicted to descend upon much of the country severely limiting visibility, and in the north and coastal region it will be accompanied by pounding rains.

The haziness and dust is to only grow stronger over the course of the day, and the winds blowing in the sand will likewise strengthen, reaching at least 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour). Then on Monday night, the rains are to become even heavier in the north, and on Tuesday afternoon the weather will continue to one-up itself, launching a full rainstorm. READ MORE