Spain Spring Rains Were Lower Than Usual as Heat Exceeded Norm

Spain has a dry and warm spring with below-normal rainfall, the Agriculture Ministry reported.

Rainfall in the March-through-May period was 147 millimeters (5.8 inches), 16 percent below normal, the ministry wrote in a report on its website today. Temperatures averaged 14.1 degrees Celsius (57.4 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.1 degrees higher than normal for the three-month span.

“The only relatively wet month of the trimester was April, while both in March and May there was a clear precipitation deficit compared with normal values,” the ministry wrote.

Spanish winter-grain production may fall 33 percent to 11.4 million metric tons after dry weather hurt crops, farm and food- industry group Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias forecast earlier this month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

Bloomberg reserves the right to edit or remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.