And keeping on the gloomy note the Met Office announced yesterday that temperatures will fall considerably over the next fews days taking in today's public holiday. A Met Office spokesperson said that the fall in temperatures would be most notable in the Balearics. Majorca was hit by freak storms last month which caused serious damage to public property. While the hours of sunshine have been long over the past seven days the temperatures have remained low. Now, it appears they are set to drop even further. On a more positive note as a result of the heavy rains the island's dams and reservoirs are almost 80 percent full, a level not known for the last decade. The local authorities have boldly announced that there will be no shortages of water over the next six months. But the cost will be high, with thousands of insurance claims being made to cover the costs of damage caused by the storms. The local government has estimated that the final bill could reach 10'000 million pesetas. Clean-up operations are still underway in many areas. Worst hit was the north of the island with scores of boats being damaged or even sunk. Repair work on the beaches is also underway and the local government hope that they will have been restored to their former glory by Easter.

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