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WMO reports 2022 as one of three warmest Julys on record as 60% of Europe suffers from drought Updated: 2022-08-10 17:06:01 KST

The UN's weather agency is reporting that this past July was one of the three warmest Julys on record.
60 percent of Europe, it says, is suffering from a drought, which has destroyed crops and raised the risk of wildfires.
Lee Eun-jin reports.

The World Meteorological Organization has reported that last month was among the three warmest Julys on record, and according to Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service, the Antarctic sea ice was the lowest for any July on record.
The WMO report says temperatures in July 2022 globally were close to 0.4 degrees Celsius above the 1991 to 2020 reference period which is only marginally cooler than July 2019 and marginally warmer than July 2016 - the two other warmest Julys.

For much of Europe, July 2022 was so dry that records were broken for low precipitation, which has caused water reserves to dry up.

"Compared to the report that we released in July, we have estimated a worsening of the situation in most areas of Europe
Italy is of course among the most affected countries by the current ongoing drought, as well as southern France, large areas in Spain and Portugal, southern and eastern Germany and a large area across Romania, Hungary and Ukraine."

France recorded an 85-percent rainfall deficit that's led to unprecedented water restrictions, which ban people from watering their lawns, washing their cars, and prevent farmers from irrigating their crops. More than 100 French municipalities have no running drinking water.

"It's catastrophic, simply catastrophic. It's been several years now that it's been difficult due to COVID, but if you add a year of drought, it seems it's going to compromise the seasons to come."

Over in the UK, the local health agency has issued a heat alert warning as south-east England has gone 144 days with little to no rain.
The drought that's desiccated large areas of Europe is putting much of the continent in crisis.
According to a recent forecast published by the EU's Joint Research Centre, heat and drought may lead to an 8 to 9 percent drop in the production of grain maize, sunflowers and soybeans in Europe.
Lee Eunjin, Arirang News.
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