New map: Risk of summer drought in France

More than half of France’s departments are at risk of drought this summer.

More than half of France’s departments are at risk of drought this summer. A new map shows which departments will be worst affected, including Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand-Est, Centre-Val de Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

A map published on May 14 by France’s Ecology Ministry (Ministère de la transition écologique) indicates that droughts will hit an expected 53 departments in France this summer. 

The map, made in collaboration with organisations such as national forecaster Météo France and biodiversity authority l’Office Français de la Biodiversité, shows that the risk of drought is most likely in 11 departments in the Massif central region, marked in red. 

These include the regions of Auvergne-Rhône  ...

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