Hydrological year is coming to an end: it was the driest year in Spain in the last decade

Contrary to popular belief, Intense and prolonged rains recorded in March and April in Spain did not end the water deficit.. On the contrary, the total amount of precipitation falling in the last hydrological year just ended is still well below normal.

The precipitation collected in Spain from October 1 to May 24 in the hydrological year reaches 393 liters per square meter, that is, It’s 22% below normal, making it the driest hydrological year of the past decade to date.

“There has been a remarkable recovery in precipitation in March and April,” and after a very dry winter, May was generally not rainy, at least until the 24th, spokesperson Rubén Del Campo said. Statements collected by Efe from the State Meteorology Institution (Aemet).

Del Campo stated Precipitation fell below half normal for this month in most of the regionWith the exception of eastern Andalusia, where rains even “doubled” the average, thanks to the storm at the beginning of the month in the Community of Valencia, the Region of Murcia and the Balearic Islands.

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Regarding the average value of precipitation since October, the start of the hydrological year, the spokesperson noted that it has been below normal in most of the Peninsula and Canary Islands and on the western peninsula, the western peninsula and the southern coast of Andalusia. outside. , Catalonia and the Canary Islands, with areas not reaching 75 percent of their normal value.

Rather, these values ​​are exceeded in a strip between the provinces of Toledo and Cuenca, along the coast of Cantabria from the eastern half of Asturias to Navarra, in the southern half of Aragon and the southern half of Madrid. , in the province of Albacete, in the north of the island of Mallorca and in Pitiusas.

Particularly noteworthy is the Levante, which stretches from Almería and Granada to the Ebro Valley, with areas between Almería, Murcia and Granada, as well as points along the coasts of Valencia and Alicante, where precipitation doubles the average for the period 1981-2010.

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Environment department contact address:crisclimatica@prensaiberica.es

Source: Informacion

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