The lack of rain and the increase in average temperatures, have Mexico with 81.90 percent of its territory with some degree of drought, even though the most complicated dry season has not yet begun, which is registered between the months of April to June, with the most extreme weather.
According to the Drought Monitor of Mexico, prepared by the National Meteorological Service (SMN), 37.63 percent of the territory is abnormally dry (D0), 34.83 percent with moderate drought (D1), 8.73 percent with severe drought (D2), and 0.71 percent with extreme drought (D3).
The report dated January 31, 2023, establishes that Sinaloa is the only state in the Republic, where 100 percent of its municipalities (18) have impacts because there is no rainfall, followed by Durango with 97.4 percent (38 municipalities), and Querétaro with 94.4 percent (17 municipalities).
According to the SMN, moderate drought (D1) increased in the northwest, west, and central regions of the country.
The severe drought (D2) increased in specific areas of the states of Durango, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Oaxaca.
Meanwhile, in Michoacán and southern Hidalgo, areas with extreme drought (D3) arose, which increased slightly in Tamaulipas.
As of January 31, 2023, the area with moderate to extreme drought (D1 to D3) was 44.27 percent at the national level, a figure 8.94 percent higher than that registered as of January 15, 2023,” he highlighted.