the other consequence of extreme heat in Spain

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The review is devastating. The Catalan Water Agency has announced that in September, if nothing changes, there will be water cuts in the Barcelona metropolitan area. Euskadi is starting to cut water at night for municipalities that do not depend on swamps. Cantabria already the water in the showers has been cut off of the beaches and prepares to go further. Galicia finalize the preparations to declare the state of alarm. Andalusia is below 30% of reservoir water (Huelva below 25%) and farmers are doing extraordinary pruning to prepare the field for drought.

Spain is a car that is heading at full speed towards a wall and that wall is called ‘drought’.

How did we get to this situation? According to him National Hydrological Bulletin The answer is simple: in the last three months it has rained 46% less than it should. In fact, in July that drop was around 70%. This is added to the fact that since October 1, 2021 (the date on which the hydrological year begins) it has fallen only 25% of normal in many areas of the country. That is to say, that “it does not rain on what is not wet”.

And if that would be a problem any year, now it’s a drama. The absence of rain has caught us with the reservoirs at historic lows. we are not only 20 points below of the average of the last 10 years, is that we are spending around 1.5% of the water available each week.

I wish it were just an empty swamp: this is how Spanish society is suffering the less obvious consequences of the drought

Close the tap. So much so that in communities such as Andalusia, Extremadura, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Navarra, Euskadi, Galicia or Castilla y León have already had to apply restrictions in order to ensure human consumption. A consumption that, as the days go by, seems increasingly compromised, despite the efforts of many communities to get water from where there is none.

What can we expect? July has been driest July in 20 years and August, although it is expected to be more humid, the trend of low rainfall will continue. If the Mediterranean continues with such high temperatures and the appropriate weather conditions are met, huge episodes of cold drop can be experienced in September.

However, what is foreseeable is that these events are very concentrated geographically and that our capacity to store these rains is limited. You just have to remember that a few months ago, Castellón was one of the places with the most rainfall in the northern hemisphere and, in short, the problem has not disappeared.

a complicated year. Everything indicates that on October 1, 2022, a very difficult hydrological year will begin. It is true that since the terrible drought that lasted between 1991 and 1995, our planning capacity and our water management tools have improved a lot. However, the situation is about to become the worst drought since we have records and that is going to put us on the ropes.

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The review is devastating. The Catalan Water Agency has announced that in September, if nothing changes, there will be water…

The review is devastating. The Catalan Water Agency has announced that in September, if nothing changes, there will be water…

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