Youth sunbathe in Manara, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Dry weeks followed, and there has been no rainfall so far this month.Whaybi said that up until Monday, average rainfall had been way below levels from this time last year. He added that the current average was well below average levels of rainfall over the past three decades. Whaybi explained that last year had been "generous" in terms of precipitation. He said that in Beirut, average rainfall up to Jan. 20 of last year was 455 millimeters while the general average in the past 30 years was around 440 millimeters. In Zahle, the average last year was 385 millimeters, the general average was 301 millimeters, while this year has seen a mere 157 millimeters, Whaybi said.Whaybi explained that the year 1986, along with a year in the early 1940s and mid-1990s witnessed similar droughts.Echoing Whaybi, Bajjani said that Lebanon had witnessed a similar weather conditions in the past two decades.Jaafar said that if January ends without rain, then the month would be the driest in 100 years.
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