March is on track to be the wettest since 1961 in the Region of Murcia with only five days without rainfall. Águilas and Benizar in Moratalla are the two localities with the highest amount of water collected to date: 243 and 312 litres per square metre respectively.
The State Agency’s forecast is for the rainfall to continue, which has already left an accumulated regional average of 130 litres per square metre. The rain has only given respite this month for five days, explains José Antonio Parodi of the State Meteorological Agency.
The State Agency assumes that this March will be the wettest since 1961, although we only have to go back to the same month in 2020 to find similar rainfall figures.
THE SEGURA BASIN AVOIDS IRRIGATION RESTRICTIONS
The rainfall that is being recorded these days in the Region has prevented the Segura basin from entering into extreme drought, something that was expected to happen from 1 April.
The president of the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura, Mario Urrea, said on Onda Regional, that the situation in the basin before this continuous episode of rainfall was worrying. From 1 April, it was planned to decree the basin’s entry into extreme drought, which would have led to restrictions on irrigation.
Urrea assures us that the rainfall is more than positive for the whole basin, but it could be more significant if it is concentrated in the headwater reservoirs. In any case, the reservoirs and aquifers are being recharged to some extent.