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Most of Portugal in severe drought after hot dry May

LISBON – Almost all of Portugal was in a severe drought at the end of May, the country’s weather service said on Thursday.

The month of May was the hottest month in 92 years in the southern European country, according to the weather service IPMA in its monthly climate report.

The average temperature of just over 19C (66F) was more than 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than usual, it said.

At the same time, the average rainfall in May was just 13% of what would normally be expected, at just under 9 millimeters (0.35 inches).

That combination put 97% of the country in “severe drought” — a rating lower than the Weather Service’s worst “extreme drought” category.

Climate scientists say Portugal can expect higher temperatures and lower rainfall as a result of global warming.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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