Madrid.—The National Weather Agency (AEMET) confirmed the report yesterday, saying that comparisons have been made with the historic average established between 1971 and 2000. The Agency said that the month had started normally for the time of year in the Balearics but that July as a whole had been registered as “normal or colder than normal” with particularly low temperatures being recorded on Minorca.

AEMET said that temperature disparity and rainfall levels had been unequal around the country. It reported that whilst Galicia, Asturias, the Basque Country and Castilla y Leon had experienced temperatures between 1 and 2 degrees below normal, July had been “hotter than usual” in Murcia and Andalucia by as much as 2 degrees above average.

Reporting on rainfall for last month, AEMET said that across the country as a whole, July had been “a little drier than usual” with an average of 18 litres per square metre, a little under the historic average of 23 litres.

However there were areas where the Agency described conditions as being “wet” or “very wet” in July, particularly in Asturias, northern Navarre, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and some parts of the Canaries. Of particular significance in AEMET's report for last month were rainfall levels recorded at Gerona airport on the Costa Brava where on 26th July, readings confirmed 106.7 litres of rainfall per square metre.

The Balearics was most affected during the final third of the month by storms sweeping across the northeast of the country, leaving bands of rain which deposited over 100 litres per square metre in some areas.

By way of contrast AEMET said conditions had been “dry” or “very dry” last month in Madrid, Extremadura, Andalucia, Murcia, and Castilla-La Mancha.


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