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The scenario of French groundwater improved additional in April and is “overall very satisfactory” as summer season approaches beneath the impact of heavy rains in current weeks, the Geological and Mining Research Bureau introduced on Wednesday. Only the Pyrénées-Orientales division stays within the crimson.

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As of May 1, 65% of metropolitan water tables are above regular, with 21% whose ranges are even very excessive. Conversely, 22% are under regular, together with 4% at very low ranges, in Roussillon but in addition in sure components of Corsica, specifies, Wednesday May 22, the BRGM in its month-to-month bulletin.

There is a “slight improvement compared to last month despite the resumption of vegetation” which absorbs a part of the precipitation. As of April 1, 58% of water tables had been above regular and 27% had been under regular.

It can be significantly better than final 12 months on the identical time, when the scenario was “very worrying” with 68% of water tables under regular.

“The situation has completely reversed due to very excess recharge” notably in the course of the March-April interval when it rained loads, indicated Violaine Bault, hydrogeologist at BRGM, throughout a phone briefing.

Some components of the metropolis should put together for an additional summer season of drought

The month of April was very blended in France, with definitely an episode of coolness on the finish of the month however general temperatures nonetheless above regular for the twenty seventh month in a row. Regarding rain, France was additionally lower in two, with rain nonetheless in extra within the northern half and the center-east, whereas the southwest, the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur area and Corsica had been in deficit.

In May, it continued to rain in components of France, permitting the reasonably favorable winter developments to proceed.

The forecasts for the summer season are due to this fact “rather optimistic” if we think about the entire of France, even when tensions can’t be dominated out on the finish of the interval, anticipates the BRGM.

Despite the whole lot, some components of the metropolis should put together for a brand new summer season of drought and water restrictions. This is the case of the Pyrénées-Orientales which have suffered an intense drought for 2 years, illustrating climatologists' projections of a drop in precipitation within the Mediterranean basin and a rise in evaporation on account of world warming of human origin.

On Tuesday, the federal government introduced that it might launch 10 million euros to finance seven initiatives on this division, supposed specifically to accentuate the reuse of wastewater and thus attempt to partially compensate for the shortage of water.

With AFP