The warmest July in almost a century in Portugal.

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Portugal, hit by an exceptional drought throughout its territory, experienced the “warmest July in the last 92 years”, announced the National Institute of Meteorology on Friday in its monthly climate bulletin, AFP and AGERPRES note.

It is the “warmest” month since comparable weather data began to be collected, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

The average value of the maximum temperature was 31.16 degrees Celsius, IPMA stated, adding that during this period the thermometer reached the historical maximum of 47 degrees for the month of July.

This temperature was recorded on July 14 in the weather station Pinhao (north).

In terms of precipitation, July was the “fourth driest month since 2000,” with rainfall falling to “about 22% of average,” the institute said.

The drought has also worsened. At the end of July, 55% of the territory was classified as “severe drought” and 45% as “extreme drought”.

In July, the heat wave that hit Portugal and other European countries caused devastating forest fires.

According to scientists, repeated heat waves are an unequivocal marker of global warming caused by human activities, and these heat waves are expected to multiply, lengthen and intensify.

Portugal suffered an early drought this year, with a winter that was the fourth warmest and fifth driest since 1931.