Odeleite dam, one of the most affected by the drought

Drought increased, intensified in southern region in March – IPMA

Mainland Portugal’s situatino of meteorological drought increased  during the month of March, worsening in the southern region, according to the latest weather bulletin from national meteorological institute, IPMA. On March 31, 48% of the country was in meteorological drought, while on the last day of February the percentage was just 28%. According to IPMA, there has been an increase in intensity of meteorological drought in the south, with the districts of Setúbal and Beja and some parts of the eastern Algarve,  classified as severe drought, ‘standing out’ (meaning particularly badly affected).