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Alicante is one the world’s driest inhabited areas

Drought in Spain

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The absence of rain last winter makes the Alicante Province one of the driest inhabited places on earth. From January to April, there was only 7 liters of rain per square meter, which is 90% less than normal and is similar to some areas of the Sahara Desert.

Within the province there are large differences: Torrevieja has had 23 liters of rain per square meter, while El Campello only had 3.8 liters of rain per square meter.

The situation is very serious because a year has never started with so little rainfall since rainfall measurements were begun. If the precipitation does not pick up throughout the year, this may have serious consequences for the agriculture of the area.