Mass. Enters Level-Two Drought After Months Of Below Normal Rainfall

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force announced Thursday that the state is in a level-two drought, which is described as "significant." This comes after more than three months of below normal rainfall.

In addition to below average rainfall, the state is also experiencing above average temperatures with the Commonwealth recording its second hottest July on record last month.

"All levels of government are coordinating to address these critical drought conditions, and it is essential that residents and businesses across the Commonwealth take extra care to conserve water both indoors and outdoors and be mindful of the increased risk of wildland fires when using any fire or smoking materials," Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said.

Officials said in a press release that while most places in Massachusetts are "experiencing a classic long-term drought, the Southeast, Cape Cod, and Island regions are experiencing conditions akin to a 'flash drought' which is a rapid onset drought with decrease precipitation, above normal temperatures, and incoming radiation resulting in abnormally high evapotranspiration all combining to increase fire danger and and decrease crop moisture levels."

It is also recommended to limit outdoor water to hand-held hoses and water cans. And it should be done between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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