Contrary to what might be supposed, the intense and prolonged precipitations registered during March and April in Spain have not put an end to the hydric deficit that it suffers. On the contrary, the total amount of rain that fell during the last hydrological year, which has just ended, is still well below normal.
The rainfall collected in Spain in the hydrological year, from October 1 to May 24, reaches 393 liters per square meter, that is 22% below the normal value, which makes it, to date, the driest hydrological year of the last decade.
Despite the “remarkable recovery in terms of rainfall during the months of March and April”, and after a very dry winter, the month of May in general has not been rainy, at least until the 24th, explained Rubén Del Campo , spokesman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) in statements collected by Efe.
Del Campo has specified that rainfall has fallen below half of normal for this month in much of the territoryexcept in the Valencian Community, the Region of Murcia and eastern Andalusia, where the rains even “double” the average thanks mainly to the storm at the beginning of the month in the Balearic Islands.
Regarding the average value of rainfall since October, the beginning of the hydrological year, the spokesman has indicated that they are below normal in much of the Peninsula and the Canary Islands, and the western peninsula, the western half and the southern coast of Andalusia stand out. , Catalonia and the Canary Islands, with areas that do not reach 75 percent of their normal value.
On the contrary, these values are exceeded in a strip along the Cantabrian coast, which goes from the eastern half of Asturias to Navarra, in the southern half of Aragón and in the southern half of Madrid, between the provinces of Toledo and Cuenca, in the province of Albacete, in the north of the island of Mallorca and in the Pitiusas.
Particularly noteworthy is the Levante that goes from Almería and Granada to the Ebro Valley, with areas between Almería, Murcia and Granada along with points on the coast of Valencia and Alicante, where rainfall doubles the average value for the period 1981-2010.
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