Although the rain threatened to spoil the parades on the afternoon of January 5, the absence of precipitation has been the general trend for the rest of January. So much so, that the month that has just ended is the seventh driest in the last 70 years and the second in this 21st century. According to data provided to this newspaper by the delegation of the State Meteorological Agency In Castilla y León, the average rainfall for the first 31 days of the year was 8.8 litres, in the first century only higher than the amount collected in 2005 -8.5 litres-. Regarding the historical series since 1951, the record for the driest January to date was recorded in 1996, in which an average of 1.6 liters fell.
The absence of precipitation was generalized in all the provinces. However, in front of the Segovia station, in which a total of 21.2 books were registered, in Zamora only a couple of them were collected throughout the month, details the delegate of the Aemet, Juan Pablo Álvarez . In the middle of these two extremes were the records of Ponferrada, with 12.8, and the Villafría airport, in Burgos, with 11.4, while “in the rest the range was around ten.”
But if it was anomalous in terms of rainfall, much more in terms of temperatures, sespecially in terms of the maximums recorded during the day. In this sense, the Aemet delegate points out that last month, with an average of 10.8 degrees, was the warmest since 1951, exceeding the “normal” value by 2.6 degrees, which in the triennium 1991-2020 it stood at 8.2 degrees. It also stands out. that four of the first five values of this series have already been registered in this 21st century, and gives as an example the 10.4 degrees registered in 2008 and the 9.7 registered in 2016.
However, despite these “record” highs, the monthly average, which considers both daytime temperatures, which are measured by the highs, and night temperatures, which are measured by the lows, was “more moderate”, which Juan Pablo Álvarez explains in the fact that the lows were “slightly” below normal, specifically 1.5 degrees. Thus, taking into account both, last January was the twenty-fourth warmest since 1951 and the tenth in the 21st century.
It also points out that this anticyclonic situationthat has been experienced in January contrasts with that recorded years ago due to the practical absence of persistent fog.
Regarding the forecasts for the coming weeks, the State Meteorological Agency predicts that the absence of precipitation will continue to be predominant, as well as maximum temperatures above normal (10-18 degrees), while that the minimum values will be “normal or slightly lower than normal with some frosts.”
Precisely this Tuesday, due to the lack of rainfall and the dryness of vegetable fuels, the Territorial Service for the Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León in Ávila has decided to suspend authorized burning in the province.