Almost a third of Portugal still drought ridden

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-01-2020 09:59:00 · 0 Comments

The rain that fell in December led to further drought relief, but 37.3% of mainland Portugal remains in this situation, according to data from the Climate Bulletin of the Institute of Sea and Atmosphere.

According to the drought meteorological index (PDSI) available today on the site of the Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA), of these 37.3%, only 3.5% are related to severe drought (western Algarve).

At the end of December, the northern and central regions were no longer in a drought situation, with an increase in the percentages of the severe and moderate rainfall classes in much of the territory north of Cape Mondego.

In the southern region, according to IPMA, there was a significant reduction in the meteorological drought situation, but severe drought persisted in the eastern Algarve.

The report indicates that on December 31, 31.8% of the continent was in moderate rainfall, 24.8% in weak drought, 18.7% in weak rainfall, 9.5% normal, 9% in moderate drought, 3.5% in severe drought and 2.7% in severe rainfall.


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