Severe drought this summer:

07 August 2018

It’s not just Europe that is suffering from severe drought after several weeks of extremely high temperatures.

Australia, where it’s winter right now, is experiencing the biggest shortage of precipitation in living memory. 99% of the state of New South Wales, the country’s fourth largest provider of agriculture output, is currently in drought. The situation is so dire that total government funding for farmers has now reached $576m.

The start of the bushfire season has also been pushed forward almost two months due to next to no rain with 525 bushfires across New South Wales recorded burning last week. This is almost double the number at the same time last year.

The states rural fire service is already looking nervously towards the coming of summer.

Below Sentinel-2 images from a rural area outside of Griffith, NSW shows you the wetness index in July 2017 compared to July 2018.

Copyright: DHI GRAS, contains Copernicus Sentinel data (2018)

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