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  • Writer's pictureJulia Bauzรก-Martinez

People say that in Ibiza it doesn't rain as it used to... Is it true?

๐Ÿ From 1970 to 2023, ๐ˆ๐›๐ข๐ณ๐š experienced an average annualย precipitationย of 422 mm and an average of 45 days of rain per year. Although there are some exceptions, theย ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’“๐’๐’‘ ๐’‘๐’๐’๐’•ย below shows that the annual rainfall and rainy days seem fairly constant throughout the years, with a trend showing a slight decrease over the years.ย  However, if you ask any islander, ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐๐š๐, they will tell you it rains way less than it used to. Inย ๐ˆ๐›๐ข๐ณ๐š, autumn has long been the rainiest season (๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ก), while summer the driest. Notably, in ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’‘-๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’”๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‘๐’๐’๐’• we can see a trend toward a decrease in seasonal precipitation during warmer seasons over the decades.ย Importantly, my dad and many other 'old' islanders seem to be on the right path with their weather observations:ย over the last 10 years, the average amount of rain has decreased significantly compared to the 70s. Indeed, last decade had on average 9 days and 123 mm less of precipitation, meaning 18% less rainy days and 24.5% less precipitation than on the decade of the 70s!



๐Ÿค’ Moreover, global warming could be linked to this trend in total rainfall. Indeed, over the last decade (2010-2020), average median temperatures have been 1.46ยบC and 1.24ยบC higher in summer and spring compared to the 70s.ย  Yes, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ, ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐›๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐. Notice below how the median daily temperatures (๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต) and the maximum monthly recorded temperatures (๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต) are rising every year, specially on those four summer months where everyone is willing to come party to our beautiful island...



HOT FACTS: on the 2000s, we broke record temperatures for 11/12 months, and on the last ten years (2013-2023), we broke record temperatures for 7/12 months!


โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 24.7 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2021.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 23.5 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2000.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 27.1 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2023.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 27.8 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 1992.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 31 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2015.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 36.5 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2003.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 36.6 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2000.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 41 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2022.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 38.4 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2016.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜–๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง 32 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2014.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜งย 28.4 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2013.

โ€ข ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜งย 23.8 ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 2010.


Will we keep breaking records? I hope not. But if you are planning to come to Ibiza this summer, pack light clothes and no umbrella... (ha ha ha).


๐Ÿ‘‡ Do people in your homeland also feel these climatic 'anomalies'? Do you think it is 100% real or 50% real and 50% perception bias? Tell me below!



Have a lovely week,



Julia


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