According to a report released today by the Commission, because of an "exceptionally dry and hot winter, soil moisture and river flow already have significant anomalies" in countries such as France, Spain and Italy.
In the Alpine region, snow accumulation "was well below average" and was "even lower" than last winter, which in principle will lead to a "sharp reduction in the contribution of river flow" during the spring.
Brussels warns that "the precipitation of the coming weeks will be crucial in determining the evolution of the current drought" and how it could affect populations.
The most negative and also most likely forecast is that "Europe and the Mediterranean region could experience an extreme summer this year, similar to 2022."
Therefore, the European Commission recommends monitoring water use and coordination between Member States to combat this problem effectively, as it is expected that this scenario will become the norm going forward.
The report came in the wake of World Water Day, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 22, and on the heels of the United Nations Water Conference in New York between Wednesday and Friday.
The Commission also warned that "most countries in the south and west of the European Union," including Portugal, "are affected by an incipient drought where concerns about water supply, agriculture and energy production are growing."
Sadly this warning doesn't surprise me. Where I live in Portugal it is already looking too dry. Without sufficient rain, as the days get longer and warmer, what moisture there is will evaporate and wetland areas will dry up. I see this as a serious threat, not just to farmers but to biodiversity in general. Amphibians are already in trouble. We need more rain.
By Steve Andrews from Other on 22 Mar 2023, 11:23
Load of old Tosh. Even with the most sophisticated computers you can't give accuracy. The trend may well be for hotter drier summers and shorter, milder winters. Trends are not forecasts.
By David Clark from UK on 22 Mar 2023, 12:34
Fear, fear , frear...thats all they know how to do. Apart from three years of doomsday health disasters, fear of illness, fear of death, fear , fear....Last winter we were WARNED about the dark and terrible winter ahead. Then the earthquakes all around and floods. Now its summer to fear!!! Switch off the TV, dont listen to presstitute mainstream and go out and enjoy each blessed day!
By Mally from Lisbon on 22 Mar 2023, 16:47