22 Jun, 2023 @ 18:30
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Spain starts summer with drought in nearly 40% of the country

Andauernde Hitze: Trockenheit In Der Spanischen Region Extremadura
(220816) -- EXTREMADURA (SPAIN), Aug. 16, 2022 (action press/Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Aug. 15, 2022 shows a view of Cijara reservoir in Extremadura, Spain. Spain continues to suffer from one of the hottest and driest summers on record, after the highest temperatures ever recorded in July. Lack of rain has left water volumes in its reservoirs at less than 40 percent of their storage capacities -- 20 percent below the average level for this time of the year. (action press/Xinhua/Meng Dingbo) / action press *** Local Caption *** 39640218

THE BEGINNING of the summer on Wednesday, June 21 was marked by a situation of drought in nearly 40% of the country. That’s according to the latest report from the Ecological Transition Ministry.

The data shows that 33% of Spain is in a ‘prolonged drought’, with a particularly dry year so far in Catalonia and most of Andalusia. 

The lack of rainfall in recent months has left the country’s reservoirs at 47.4% capacity, compared to the average of 66.7% over the last 10 years according to data reported by Spanish daily El Pais

However, there has been more rainfall than usual so far in the month of June, which has helped to stop the fall in water reserves. But this precipitation has not been enough to alleviate the situation in many of the water basins across the country. 

The year 2022 was also very dry, meaning that the reservoirs have been at minimum levels for many months now and at levels that have not been seen since a major drought that took place in Spain in the mid-1990s. 

Despite the arrival of summer, however, there could still be some storms to come in the north of the country over the rest of the week. But in the long term, according to the AEMET state weather service, temperatures are likely to be above average for the next three months.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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