Europe drought could be ‘worst’ in 500 years

Experts say dry conditions could last for three more months

Rory Sullivan
Friday 12 August 2022 16:38 BST
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Europe could be experiencing its worst drought in 500 years, a leading scientist has warned.

Andrea Toreti, a senior researcher at the European Drought Observatory, said this year’s dry conditions will worsen and will most likely eclipse the unprecedented drought of 2018.

There is “very high risk” that the current lack of rainfall in western and central Europe will continue for the next three months, he said.

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