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.
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