Europe is suffering from its worst drought in at least 500 years, with hot and dry conditions fueling wildfires, lowering crop yields, and reducing electricity generation.

According to the European Drought Observatory, 47% of Europe is in drought warning, with a clear deficit of soil moisture, and 17% is in severe drought.

This summer's record-breaking temperatures in Europe have disrupted transportation, displaced thousands, and resulted in hundreds of heat-related deaths.

We are currently experiencing a wildfire season that is significantly above average, with a significant impact on crop production.

According to the report, the Western Europe-Mediterranean region will likely experience warmer and drier than usual conditions until November.

Water and heat stress have reduced crop yields in Europe for 2022, with forecasts for grain maize, soybeans, and sunflowers being 16%, 15%, and 12% lower, respectively, 

Water volume reductions have impacted the energy sector, particularly hydropower generation and cooling systems in other power plants.

Drought risk has been increasing in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.