Drought increasingly visible in Wallonia
The drought in Wallonia is becoming increasingly visible in nature, the drought cell of the Belgian region's crisis centre said on Tuesday. The provinces of Luxembourg, Liège and Namur are particularly affected.
A dry to arid zone is developing in the province of Luxembourg, while the southeast of the province of Liège and some parts of Namur are also experiencing drought.
Despite some rainfall and generally cooler temperatures expected in the coming days, this drought is expected to continue to spread. An extreme drought area in the southeast of Liège and the north of Luxembourg will expand over the next 10 days, affecting almost the entire province of Luxembourg, according to forecasts by the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium.
The rainfall of the last few days has had little effect on the water levels in the retention basins or on the flow of the rivers. Most of the precipitation of the previous days was concentrated in the provinces of Hainaut and Walloon Brabant. The river basins in central and north-western Wallonia received the least rainfall.
Some light showers are expected next weekend and next week. "It won't be much, but it will certainly be an improvement compared to what came down in central Wallonia in the week from 7 to 14 July," said Julie Mathen, communications manager at the Service Public de Wallonie.
L'Etang de l'Ile in the province of Luxembourg, during severe draughts in 2022 © BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY