It is the “hottest” month since comparable meteorological data began to be collected, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere.
Portugal, hit by an exceptional drought throughout its territory, experienced the month of “the hottest July in the last 92 years”, the national meteorological institute announced on Friday in its monthly climate bulletin.
The average value of the maximum temperature was 31.16 degrees, said the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), adding that during this period the thermometer reached a historic record of 47 degrees for a month of July. This temperature was recorded on July 14 in the Pinhao meteorological station, in the north of the country.
Drought hits the country
In terms of precipitation, the month of July was “the fourth driest month since 2000”, the amount of rain falling corresponding “to barely about 22% of the average”, indicates the institute.
The drought has also worsened. At the end of July, 55% of the territory was classified as “severe drought” and 45% as extreme drought.
In July, the heat wave that hit Portugal and other countries in Europe caused devastating forest fires. According to scientists, repeated heat waves are an unequivocal marker of global warming due to human activities and these heat waves are expected to multiply, lengthen and intensify.
Portugal had experienced an early drought this year, with a winter that was the fourth hottest and fifth driest since 1931.
Source: BFM TV