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Drought crisis: Spain’s Malaga faces rainless autumn as reservoirs continue to run dry

WITH 14 days to go before the start of autumn, drought conditions are worsening across most of the country, with reservoirs at an average of 35% full, the lowest since 1995.

Andalucía is the worst-hit area, with reservoir capacity averaging 25.7%, and Málaga’s main reservoir at an alarming 11% capacity – not seen since the reservoir was built in the eighties.

To top it all off, Spain’s meteorological office AEMET has forecast low rainfall and higher-than-normal temperatures in the last quarter of the year in Malaga province, which will put further pressure on Malaga’s dwindling water reserves.

On the national map, AEMET predicts that Málaga and other Andalusian provinces such as Córdoba, Seville, Cádiz and Huelva will see 33% less rainfall than average in the coming months.

So far, the average rainfall in Spain from October 1, 2021 to September 4, 2022 was 444 liters per square meter, which is about 26% less than the normal value for this period (601 liters).

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