June 2009 Douro Insider

The very start of June was blessed by a continuation of the hot and sunny weather we had been enjoying beforehand, but by the first weekend a series of cyclones in the north Atlantic had already started rolling into Iberia, bringing with them a cold front of unsettled weather. It immediately turned a little sticky, with thundery conditions and moderate rain. This weather system hit the UK at the same time, although there it involved much more precipitation. Torrential rain caused flash flooding in Devon and South Wales but over here we still didn’t generally get anywhere near enough to even begin to recover this season’s negative water balance; according to official sources at the Instituto de Meteorologia the month had started with 66 % of continental Portugal in a state of ‘severe and extreme drought’. Full Report

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