According to the latest figures, just 14.5 percent of the average amount of rain has fallen in Malaga, making them the worst figure in 80 years. The province is set to face its worst drought since the figures began to be recorded in 1942 by Aemet’s Meteorological Centre in Malaga.
According to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the hydrological year in Spain starts on October 1st one year and finished on September 30th the following year. This period is utilised to measure wet cycles that are crucial for managing and planning these increasingly scarce resources.
It has been recorded that just 49.8 litres per square metre fell between October 1st, 2021, and January 31st, 2022. The average for the same period from 1980 to 2020 was 244 litres per square metre. This shows just 14.5 percent of the average rain fallen, making it the worst figure in 80 years.
The second worst start of the hydrological year was from 2013 to 2014 with records of just 84.3 litres per square metre. This was followed by the period from 1994 to 1995, one of the worst droughts ever. Other notable droughts happened between 1985 and 1986 and 1966 and 1967.