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November 2017 set to be driest in 36 years
19 November 2017 @ 20:32

IF IT DOES not rain in Spain in the next few days, this November will go down on record as being the driest in 36 years, warns the State meteorological agency, AEMET.

And this is likely to spell impending disaster for water supplies – although agricultural minister Isabel Tejerina has assured on-tap water across the country is guaranteed until at least the end of the year, reservoirs are currently at an historic low of 37% - the worst in 22 years.

Autumn usually brings monsoons to the Mediterranean lasting several days, and between October and December, heavy rain is a regular feature, but the last four or five years have seen the rain dry up with few downpours and showers only appearing briefly every couple of months.

Parts of the Mediterranean and south coast have had serious trouble providing on-tap water in summer over the last two years, with record numbers of tourists and historically-low rainfall – only coastal towns with desalination plants to extract salt from sea water have had no problems in meeting demand.

Although temperatures have dropped considerably since the start of November, they are expected to rise next week – reaching as much as 23ºC to 25ºC for a few hours a day in some parts of the mainland - and AEMET predicts that the current anti-cyclone, with warm midday climates and chilly nights, will continue for the foreseeable future.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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