Spanish farmers are on drought alert after the country’s driest winter in 70 years. Oslo recorded warmest day in March ever.
Spain is used to fires in the summer, but this year they have come early, ravaging woodland, while the general dryness stunts crops and leaves farm animals without grass for grazing.
Brush fires have already swept across 400 hectares in the wooded northwestern region of Galicia.
Near the Galician village of Brocos, the Portodemouros reservoir has visibly shrunk and egg-shell cracks have appeared in the mud.
“We have a very hard drought, spectacularly intense in some territories,” said agriculture minister Miguel Aras Canete.
“We have experienced three winter months with minimal levels of rain in all of Spain — December, January and February have been the driest since at least the 1940s,” state weather service spokesman Angel Rivera told AFP.
In January the temperature was…
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