The area of mainland Portugal considered to be subject to meteorological drought halved in September compared with August, according to the latest climate bulletin.
The northern region and part of the center are no longer affected by drought, but in the south there are several areas experiencing severe drought in the districts of Setúbal, Évora, Beja and Faro.
At the end of September, 54.9% of the territory was in a drought situation, but no area was in a severe drought situation, in contrast to what happened in August, when 97% of mainland Portugal was in a drought situation, of which 27.1 % in extreme situations.
According to the bulletin, at the end of last month, 11.3% of the area was in mild drought, 26.9% in moderate drought and 17% in severe drought.
The drought index ranges from heavy rain to severe drought.
According to the bulletin, September is marked as hot and rainy.
The average air temperature was 20.65 degrees Celsius, which is 0.43 degrees above normal, and the maximum and minimum temperatures were also above normal.
Last month was the third wettest September since 2000, with total humidity of 69.1 millimeters, or 164% of normal.
Source: The Portugal News