By Amina Nazarli
Over the past few days, Azerbaijan has seen the most heat wave days of this summer, while Baku has recorded its highest temperature.
The air temperature was 3-4 degrees above the climatic norms. The air temperature reached 43 degrees and above throughout the country.
Periods of heat can significantly worsen drought conditions through hastening evaporation of water vapour. Droughts occur in virtually all climates. Drought is caused by not only lack of precipitation and high temperatures, but also by overuse, and is one of those weather-related phenomena that can cause severe economic impacts.
However, Asif Verdiyev, a chief hydrologist at the National Hydrometeorological Bureau said that the recent high temperatures in the country will not cause droughts in the rivers of the country.
Although the hot weather and high evaporation levels of recent days have had an impact on the rivers, especially the mountain rivers, the droughts are not expected, according to the chief hydrologist.
“Such cases were experienced in Azerbaijan in 2014 and previous years. But we expect increase in water level thanks relatively to upcoming rainy days,” he told Trend.
The National Hydrometeorology Department forecasts lightning and rainfall in some mountainous regions of Azerbaijan for August 11.
Amina Nazarli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @amina_nazarli
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