Droughts in Europe in July 2022: almost half of the EU +UK territory at risk

European Commission JRC
Monday, July 18, 2022
The severe drought affecting several regions of Europe since the beginning of the year continues expanding and worsening. Dry conditions are related to a wide and persistent lack of precipitation combined with early heat waves in May and June. • The severe precipitation deficit has been impacting river discharges widely across Europe. • Reduced stored water volume is having severe impacts on the energy sector both for hydropower generation and for cooling systems of other power plants. • Competition for water resources is high and started earlier than usual. Water and heat stresses have reduced crop yield and crop yield potential. Water supply may be compromised in the coming months.
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