Almost all of Portugal is in “severe” drought after the hottest May on record

Almost all of Portugal was severely drought in late May, the country’s Meteorological Service (IPMA) said Thursday.

Last month was the hottest May on record in the country since 1931, the IPMA said in its monthly climate report.

The average temperature (19 ° C) was more than 3 ° C higher than usual, he added.

At the same time, the average rainfall in May of just under 9 millimeters was only 13% of what would normally be expected.

As a result, the IPMA found a “very significant increase” in the number of areas prone to “severe drought”, which now covers 97% of Portugal. This is just a lower ranking than the worst category of “extreme drought” by the Meteorological Service.

Climate scientists say the country can expect higher temperatures and lower rainfall as a result of global warming.