Palma.—The National Meteorological Office (AEMET) reported yesterday that the period from December to the end of February has been one of the driest spells since 1940.

While the country, in particular the Balearics, spent much of this month in the grips of a Siberian cold front, with snow still on the ground up in the mountains, the expected rains did not come.

Neither here in Balearics, nor to the mainland where some areas have not received a drop of rain since January 27.
That said, AEMET spokesperson, Angel Rivera, said yesterday that water levels in the Balearics are “normal” although many parts of the mainland are already on the verge of a drought and he said that there are concerns for the coming summer, especially in the Canary Islands where water levels are very low.

On average, just 58 litres of rain has fallen per square metre across Spain over the past three months.
The last unusually dry spell was 1980-81 when 86 litres of rain fell per square metre but there has not been a lack of rain like the present since 1940.

With regards to the long term outlook, Rivera said that, for the moment, there are no indications that the Spring rain is going to be heavier than usual, in fact conditions may be warmer than the norm, which means that some areas of the country are definitely going to struggle with droughts.


The content of comment is the opinion of users and netizens and not of

Comments contrary to laws, which are libellous, illegal or harmful to others are not permitted'); - reserves the right to remove any inappropriate comments.


Please remember that you are responsible for everything that you write and that data which are legally required can be made available to the relevant public authorities and courts; these data being name, email, IP of your computer as well as information accessible through the systems.

* Mandatory fields

Currently there are no comments.