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December rain had virtually no effect on dam levels

DECEMBER RAIN HAD VIRTUALLY NO EFFECT ON DAM LEVELSThe heavy rain that fell in the Algarve over the festive period caused small floods in some urban areas, but still barely filled the six dams in the region.

The National Water Resources Information System (SNIRH) have revelealed that after the December rains, the Algarve reservoirs of Odelouca and Arade in fact now have a lower level of stored water. 

The largest dam in the region, Odelouca (in the municipality of Monchique), was at 53.4% in November, and only 52% on December 31st. The Arade reservoir (Silves), went from 47.2% capaity in November to 46.8% at the end of the year.

The SNIRH data also say that none of the Algarve reservoirs has a level that can be considered reassuring. The one with the highest level of stored water is Funcho (Silves), with 66.5%, followed by Odeleite (Castro Marim), with 53.5%, Odelouca (52%), Arade (46.8% ), Beliche (Castro Marim, 45.7%) and finally Bravura (Lagos), with a very low 14.3%.

According to data released on Friday by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), the entire Algarve remains in a drought situation, although the area in severe drought has decreased and the areas in moderate or mild drought increased.

See more detailed info at https://www.ipma.pt/pt/oclima/observatorio.secas/