Water reserves in the Balearic Islands stand at 49%.

Aug 7, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Four Demand Units are in a drought pre-alert scenario
The water reserves of the Balearic Islands stood at 49% in July, four percentage points less than the previous month and with a situation equal to that of last year. By islands, all suffered decreases with the exception of Formentera, where it increased two points, from 37% to 39%. As for the rest of the islands, Menorca is the one that suffers the greatest decrease, going from 50% to 43%; Eivissa goes from 59% to 55% and Mallorca falls from 53% to 49%.

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With regard to the Demand Units (DU), those of Migjorn and Formentera enter the pre-alert scenario, which means that there are now four since the Pla and Artà were already in this scenario last month. Thus, six Demand Units remain in the normal scenario. According to forecasts, Manacor-Felanitx, Tramuntana Nort and Eivissa are likely to enter the pre-alert scenario at the end of August.

The data from the Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET), indicate that July has been a dry month, with an average of 0.3 l/m2, compared to the historical average of 6.3 m/l2. By islands, it was a normal month in Formentera (0.8 l/m2 when the historical average is 3.1 l/m2), dry in Mallorca (0.4 l/m2 when the historical average is 7.2 l/m2) and in Eivissa (0.4 l/m2 when the historical average is 4.6 l/m2), while in Menorca it was very dry, with rainfall of 0 l/m2, when the historical average is 3.1 l/m2.

The percentage of interannual rainfall in the Balearic Islands is still higher than the historical average, standing at 5% above it. Specifically, in the Pitiüses it is 34% more, in Menorca 6% and in Mallorca 2%.