|Posted by Robin Fuller on January 8, 2018 at 7:35 AM|
Winter has been confusing this year with quite high temperatures in late December. Now, into the second week of January, it has cooled down again in our area of Murcia with 7 being the temp. first thing in the morning, rising to 15 at midday. Further north in Spain there is a lot of ice and snow.......better here!
The main talking point of course is the ongoing drought. It is all over Spain not just in Murcia and unless there is some serious, prolonged rainfall the agricultural side of things will be in serious trouble. There is some doubt as to whether the canal that supplies the area (and us) with irrigation water, will actually have any water in it this year. We've had no water for a few months now and have luckily managed to buy several fills for our irrigation pool from our neighbouring farmer friend as he had a lot of fallow land all summer. This generosity will now come to an end I think !!
The other worry is the bacterium that is devastating olive and almond trees as well as many other species and for which there is no cure, as yet.