On 7 September, the CNR-IBE Drought Observatory published the monthly bulletin illustrating the Italian drought situation in August.
The month just ended is one characterised by instability and thunderstorms. But, this year the events were decidedly more intense, also due to an above-average temperature, with values well exceeding 30°C for several months.
The thunderstorm phenomena that struck Italy from north to south were not only spatially and temporally concentrated but often accompanied by strong winds and hail. Therefore, the august rainfall, although temporarily raising the levels of some rivers and lakes, reduced the deficit only in the short term, but not enough to make up for the lack of rainfall that lasted for many months.
Read the Bulletin