According to the IPMA, there was an increase in the intensity of the meteorological drought in the southern region, with emphasis on the districts of Setúbal and Beja and some places in the eastern Algarve, which are in the severe drought class.
On the other hand, in the North and Centre regions there was a decrease in the rain classes and some places in the Northeast region were already in the weak drought class, on the last day of the month.
At the end of March, 24% of the territory was in the normal class, 23.7% in weak drought, 15.5% in light rain, 14.2% in moderate drought and 10.2% severe drought.
The IPMA reinforces that at the end of March, the values of the percentage of water in the soil showed a significant decrease throughout the territory, with the exception of the north coast where there was an increase in the districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga and part of the district of Vila Real.
The institute classifies the drought meteorological index into nine classes, which vary between “extreme rain” and “extreme drought”.
In addition to the drought index, the IPMA Climatological Bulletin indicates that the month of March was classified as hot and dry.
The average values of the average, maximum and minimum temperature were higher than normal in March.