This month of July 2022 will go down in weather history as the driest month ever recorded in mainland France, as well as one of the hottest since the start of weather records.
July 2022 is officially the driest July since records began forFrance, that is to say since 1959: the rainfall deficit reaches -88% nationwide, with an average of only 9.7 mm in France during the month. All months combined, it is also the 2e driest month, after March 1961 (7.8 mm).
The soil humidity index is at its lowest in Corsica, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Rhône Valley and the Pays de la Loire. In Corsica, the deficit is striking: -96%, or only 0.6 mm of precipitation in one month!
This Tuesday, August 2, theis affected by orders of , to varying degrees. Almost half of these departments are at a “crisis” level, particularly in the south-east and in the centre, but also in the north-west and in the Rhône valley. Even the capital has been placed on drought alert, a rare occurrence.
The top of the hedgehog waterfall reflects the XXL drought of 2022. So, disgusted by what I saw, I didn’t go any lower. The horrors, that’s enough for today ????????⬇️???? pic.twitter.com/XcQVo4MFAm
— Philippe 69 (@SkyPhilippe) August 1, 2022
No improvement in rainfall is to be expected over the next fortnight: apart from a fewprecipitation will remain almost non-existent at least until August 15th.
#Weather report#Brittany#Drought ???? Brittany is sinking into a major crisis. Precipitation will desert the region until at least August 20.
To find such a water crisis, we have to go back to 1988-1989 and 1975-1976.
???? GFS – Precipitation Accumulation (mm) pic.twitter.com/sBYswZLNW9
— Stéven Tual (@StevenTual_off) August 2, 2022
The 3e hottest july on record
In terms of temperatures, July 2022 is placed at 3e ranking of the hottest months of July, with an average temperature of 23.2°C. L’is +2.1°C over the month compared to the average for the month. The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Corsica, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Occitanie regions all showed temperature anomalies of +2 to +3°C over the month. On the other hand, July 2006 (average 24.4°C) and July 1983 (average 23.4°C) still top the ranking of the hottest months of July.