Thunderstorms, tornadoes, temperatures… March broke many weather records. Fortunately, the first month of spring was also well watered, which made it possible to reduce the rainfall deficit. According to La Chaîne Météo, “the frequent disturbed passages made it possible to find a largely excess rainfall in March (33%)”.

Precipitation which contributed to the humidification of the soil and the recharge of the water tables. This is particularly true in Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes, Lorraine and the Alps. According to the site specializing in meteorology, “we are no longer talking about surface drought on 85% of the territory”.

Unfortunately, this was not enough to get all of France out of the drought situation in which it finds itself. In some departments, again, the level of groundwater is “very low”. Find out which ones in our slideshow below*.

As of April 3, 2023, 70% of groundwater in France still has a deficit level for this time of year. “There are still a few regions where the improvement is noticeable, in particular Brittany and the center-west of the country, where rainfall has been abundant in recent weeks”, specifies the forecaster. Note: the usual groundwater recharge period is assumed to end in mid-April.

*The information provided is based on data related to the state of groundwater from the Info Sécheresse site as of April 3, 2023 and is subject to change.