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Almost all of Portugal in severe drought after hot, dry May

Almost all of Portugal in severe drought after hot, dry May

A man walks on a floating pool resting on dry soil of the drought-depleted Zezere River near Pampilhosa da Serra in central Portugal, Thursday, February 17, 2022. Nearly all of Portugal suffered a severe drought at the end of May , the country’s weather service said on Thursday, June 9, 2022. May was the warmest in the southern European country in 92 years, weather service IPMA said in its monthly climate report. Credit: AP Photo/Sergio Azenha, File

Almost all of Portugal had to deal with severe drought at the end of May, the country’s weather service reported on Thursday.

May was the warmest in the southern European country in 92 years, the weather service IPMA reports in its monthly climate report.

The average temperature of just over 19 C (66 F) was more than 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal, it said.

At the same time, average rainfall in May of just under 9 millimeters (0.35 in) was just 13% of what would normally be expected.

That combination left 97% of the country in “severe drought” — one classification lower than the weather service’s worst category of “extreme drought.”

Climate scientists say Portugal can expect higher temperatures and less rain due to global warming.


A warm, dry March worsened the record drought


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