November is set to go down on record as being the driest in 36 years, according to the State meteorological agency, AEMET, unless heavy rainfall changes the picture in the last few days.

December, according to AEMET forecasts, is expected to be much warmer than usual, meaning little hope for rain next month, either.

It will mean the final quarter of 2017 is set to become the driest since records began in their present form in 1941.

The pressure on water supplies to farmers is likely to intensify with reservoirs nationally at a low of 37 percent capacity, which is the poorest figure in 22 years. The picture is even worse in reservoirs like La Pedrera (pictured) which serve Alicante Province and the Murcia region.

The driest November on record was in 1981, and 2017 is likely to be somewhere near this if there is little or no rain over the next few days.

The driest November so far this century was in 2009, when temperatures were also higher than usual.

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