11 Jul, 2023 @ 17:17
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June 2023 was fourth-wettest on record, Spain’s state weather service reports

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“UNTIL the 40th of May, don’t put your raincoat away.” So says the famous Spanish saying (Hasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo), serving as a warning that heavy rain may fall well into June, despite the apparent arrival of summer. 

But never was the adage more true than this year, which saw the second-rainiest June of the 21st century, according to state weather service Aemet. 

Data released by the agency and reported by Europa Press shows that there was an average rainfall of 67.2 litres per square metre during the sixth month of the year, which is 210% above the norm. 

What’s more, the month of June was the fourth wettest since the current data series began in 1961. In the Canary Islands, it was the all-time wettest on record. 

The month was also the ninth-warmest of the century so far, with an average temperature in the peninsula of 21.1ºC. That’s 1ºC above the average for the period 1991 to 2020. 

But despite this heavy rainfall – which was repeated last week in areas such as Zaragoza, causing flash flooding – the country is still technically in a situation of a long-term meteorological drought.

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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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