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Europe | Drought Situation: June-July 2019 – DG ECHO Daily Map | 22/08/2019

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  • Several regions across Europe experienced drought conditions during June and July, resulting from a combination of drivers: the influence of the 2018 drought, the heatwaves of 2019 and below-average precipitations in spring 2019.
  • High temperatures increase the evaporation rate of water from the ground. Therefore, heatwaves contribute to drought severity. After the heatwave of late July, the drought intensified in central Europe and also affected France and Spain.
  • River flows dropped during June and July in central Europe, from a seasonal normality to widespread deficit anomaly. This is due, at least in part, to the strong heatwave of late June.