A significant precipitation deficit over the south-western parts of Europe, together with above normal amount of sunshine, led to serious drought in the region in January 2022. The drought was so severe that even in the middle of winter the risk for wild fires was high for large parts of the Iberian peninsula.
Drought in parts of Europe triggers unusual fires
Drought in Central and Eastern Europe triggers unusual forest fires in Germany, Ukraine, Moldova and Slovakia.
2018 and 2019 drought and heatwaves in Europe
Both 2018 and 2019 saw exceptionally dry, hot summers.
European heatwaves lead to droughts
Recurring heatwaves caused droughts in parts of Central Europe in summer 2015.