Italy Faces Worst Drought in Decades as Europe Feels the Heat

MILAN—Italy’s worst drought in decades threatens to ruin many crops and is forcing a reckoning of how the country manages its water resources, as rising average temperatures increase the frequency of extreme weather events across Europe.

The Po, Italy’s longest river and the main water source for some of the country’s most fertile farmlands, is at its lowest level since at least the mid-1940s. Some of the Po’s tributaries are completely dry. The water in Lake Como, a popular tourist destination, is near the lowest level ever recorded for this time of year.

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