Ion Sandu (ANM): We expect an intensification of extreme weather phenomena in the years to come

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Extreme weather phenomena, such as huge quantities of precipitations falling in a short amount of time or sudden changes of temperature day-to-day, will intensify in the following years, Ion Sandu, general manager of the National Meteorological Administration (ANM) said on the occasion of ‘The first regional seminary focusing national drought management policies’, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MMSC).

‘Over the last month and a half we have been recording massive precipitations falling in a very short amount a time, as well as sudden changes in temperature day-to-day. These signals appeared 20 years ago, but they have been more frequent in the latest 10 years, with an intensification over the last month and a half. If the global average temperature continues to grow, we expect to see an intensification of such phenomena year-on-year’, said Ion Sandu.

According to him, this year’s forecasts show that in July and August the amount of precipitations will probably be small, although most probably Romania will not have any problems with the drought.

‘It all depends on the distribution of precipitation in the interval ahead. If there will be several days without rain, such as ten, and then it begins to rain, than we won’t have draught. If, on the contrary, there will be long periods with no precipitation at all followed by heavy rainfalls in a short amount of time, than yes, we will have drought. The main reason for that phenomenon is that the earth cannot absorb water so rapidly’, said the ANM director.

‘The first regional seminary focusing national drought management policies’ will be carried out over July 9-11 this year at Hotel Class in Bucharest, with high level participants being expected from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the The UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW- DPC), as well as representatives from 10 countries in eastern Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey).

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