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Spain Had Wettest March on Record With Triple Normal Rainfall

April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Spain had its wettest March on record, with more than triple the usual amount of rainfall, the government’s weather office reported.

The country got an average 157 millimeters (6.18 inches) of rain last month, the most in records going back to 1947, compared with normal values of 46 millimeters, the Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia wrote in a report on its website today.

Spain’s water reserves, used to irrigate the country’s crops including corn during the dry summer months, are at 82 percent of capacity, the Agriculture Ministry reported today. That compares with 62 percent at the same time a year ago.

“March was extremely rainy in almost all of Spain,” Aemet wrote. “The large accumulated quantities are more due to the persistence of the precipitation than the intensity.”

Temperatures averaged 10.6 degrees Celsius (51.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in March, 0.1 degree below normal values for the month, the weather office wrote.

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

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