MALAGA, in the Spanish Costa del Sol, is on its way to breaking a new meteorological record and it’s not a positive one.
If the situation does not change during the rest of December, 2019 will go down in history as the driest year the capital has been through in almost eighty years.
To date, the rainfall recorded at the Malaga airport station has been 181.2 litres per square metre – some 344 litres below average. The first official records of the Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (Aemet) date back to 1942 and since then, records have not shown as little rainfall as the current year.
Up until now 1985 was the year with less rainfall in the capital since there are records, with only 267 litres per square meter.
To add to the concern, when it has rained in Malaga this year, it has been the cause of excess damage.
On September 14, due to a cold drop that swept through the province, activating a red level weather warning, 60 litres per square metre fell causing numerous incidents in the capital and flooding in towns like Alhaurín El Grande, Villanueva del Trabuco and Archidona.
As Euro Weekly News has been informed, the scarcity of rainfall throughout 2019 has made a dent in the reservoirs, which have seen their reserves fall with respect to a year ago. According to data from Hidrosur, the reservoirs of the province accumulate 322.36 cubic hectometres of the 594.51 of its total capacity. On average, they are at 54% of their capacity.