Portugal last month recorded the hottest July on record, according to the country’s meteorological service.
Rising temperatures have exacerbated the drought in Portugal, where 45% of the mainland is now classified as “extreme drought” – the highest level of the rating – and the rest of the mainland is classified as experiencing “extreme” drought, the second-highest. Classification, by the end of July.
Other parts of Western Europe also saw extreme conditions in early summer, and scientists say climate change will continue to make the weather more extreme.
Experts say the climate of southern Europe is changing to resemble that of North Africa.
The Portuguese Weather Service, better known by its acronym IPMA, said July was the hottest month since national records began in 1931.
The average temperature was 25.14 degrees Celsius which is nearly three degrees Celsius higher than the expected July average.
In July, there was only 3 mm of rain in mainland Portugal, about 22% of normal, according to IMPA.