Lisbon, Portugal — Portugal recorded its hottest July on record last month, the country’s meteorological service said on Friday.
The heat has worsened the drought in Portugal, with 45% of the continent in “extreme drought” – the highest classification – and the rest in “severe” drought, which is the second highest, at the end of July.
Many other parts of Western Europe also experienced scorching conditions in early summer, and scientists say climate change will continue to make weather more extreme.
According to experts, the climate of southern Europe is changing to resemble that of North Africa.
Portugal’s weather service, known by its acronym IPMA, said July was the hottest since national records began in 1931.
The average temperature was 25.14 degrees Celsius (77.25 degrees Fahrenheit), he said. This was almost 3 degrees Celsius higher than the expected July average.
National rainfall measured 3 millimeters (0.12 inches), about 22 percent of the normal amount, IMPA said.
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