The thunder and lightning began about a half hour earlier but by about 20:30 the rain was falling over the skies of Yerushalayim. The rain, which did not last for too long, did become heavy for a period of time, compelling families to abandon their Sukkos, some sustaining damage from the downpour while others ran to place covers in place.
It was a difficult feeling for many as HKBH ousted us from the sukka on the first night of the yomtov, as we see in the Mishnah in Meseches Taanis, that it is not a good sign.
According to weather reports on Tuesday morning the first day of chol hamoed, there is a 10% chance of rain in the capital predicted for Wednesday, sunny skies for Thursday, a 30% chance of rain for Friday, and sunny skies for shabbos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem – Loaded the 1st day chol hamoed in Eretz Yisrael)