Alert in Portugal: 97% of the country in severe drought before summer

Spring temperatures do not bode well. Last month was the hottest May for ninety-two years in Portugal, with an average temperature of 19.19°C, an increase of 3.47°C compared to the period 1971-2000 , announced this week Publico. Result : “97% of Portuguese territory is in a situation of severe drought”, headlined Tuesday, June 14 the daily.

Because, at the same time, the rainfall in May (8.9 mm) was much lower than the reference period, corresponding to only 13%, according to the Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) .

Alarming satellite photo

Images of the Bravura reservoir in southern Portugal, taken five years apart by Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites, show the extent of the damage caused by the drought. The reservoir was only at 14.6% capacity last month. The contrast is striking between June 14, 2017 and June 8, 2022.

At the end of May, the IPMA also noted a significant decrease in the percentage of water in the soil throughout the territory, particularly in the North and Center regions, the Tagus Valley, Alentejo and Algarve, where there is a water content of less than 20%.

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