Spain had an “extremely warm and very dry” month of May, the Agriculture Ministry reported.
Average rainfall was 38 millimeters (1.5 inches) last month, 40 percent below normal values, the ministry wrote in a report on its website today. The average temperature was 18.6 degrees Celsius (65.5 Fahrenheit), making last month the fourth- warmest May since 1960.
April was wetter than normal in Spain, while March was the driest since 1997 and the December-February period brought the least rain to the country since at least 1947, according to the ministry.
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