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In August, water reserves in the Balearics were 46%, three percentage points lower than in July, 16 lower than in August 2020 but similar to August 2019. In Mallorca, the reserves were down from 49% in July to 46%. Ibiza registered a two per cent drop to 45%, while in Minorca there was no change (47%) and Formentera registered a one per cent increase to 50%.

With regard to the water demand units, six of the ten are on drought pre-alert - Ibiza and Formentera and Tramuntana Nord, Pla, Migjorn and Arta in Mallorca.

The met agency Aemet says that there was 49% less rainfall in August than the historical average. The cumulative average amount for the month was 10.1 litres per square metre. In Mallorca specifically, there was 42% less rainfall than usual and an average of 12 litres per square metre.