Rainfall levels for 2022 so far are 46 percent lower than average

Data for the first seven months of 2022 suggest that this will be, to date, the hottest and driest year in Italy, according to the Institute of Atmosphere and Climate Science of the Italian National Research Council (ISAC-CNR).

Between January and July temperatures were 0.98 degrees Celsius above average for the same period since 1800, when data began to be recorded.

“If 2022 ended now, it would be the hottest year ever,” Michele Brunetti, one of the representatives of the Italian National Research Council (ISAC-CNR), told ANSA news agency.

According to the data, rainfall levels for 2022 so far are 46 percent lower than the average for this period, and northern Italy is the most affected by this shortage, with a rainfall level 52 percent higher. low, and 42% in the center and south of the country.

In mid-July, half of the European Union’s territory was at risk due to prolonged drought, which is expected to cause a decline in crop yields in several countries, according to a report by the European Commission.

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