Recent rainfall brings some relief

March rainfall close to average; “severe and extreme drought” continues in “much of the south”

Rainfall in March has been close to the average, but more than three-quarters of the country continues in severe and extreme drought, the national meteorological institute, IPMA said on Thursday.

By March 15, rainfall stood at 87% of the monthly normal between 1971 and 2000, but it was still the 10th driest March since 2000.

The rain that fell up to now contributed to a “relief in the intensity of the drought situation in the northern and central coastal region”, with soil water retention increasing.

Further inland, in Trás-os-Montes, Beira Alta and much of the south, a state of “severe and extreme drought” remains over 77% of the territory​​​​​​​.

The period between October 2021 and last Tuesday was the driest since 1931, IPMA said.

The temperature in the first half of the month was 1.67 degrees below the 1971-2000 monthly average value.

Source: Lusa