Drought-stricken Spain says last month was the hottest and driest April since records began in 1961.
The state meteorological agency, known by its Spanish acronym AEMET, said on Monday that the average daily temperature in April was 58.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 3 degrees Celsius above average.
AEMET said average maximum temperatures during the month rose by 4.7 degrees Celsius.
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Rainfall was a fifth of what is normally expected in the month, making it the driest April on record in Spain.
Last year was Spain’s hottest since data records began in 1961, and also the sixth driest in the country.
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Three years of low rainfall and high temperatures officially put the country into a long-term drought earlier this year.
A flash study by a group of international scientists last week found that record April temperatures in Spain, Portugal and North Africa were made 100 times more likely by human-caused climate change and would have been nearly impossible in the past. .
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The government has asked the European Union for emergency funds to support farmers and ranchers whose crops are affected by the situation.