Rabat, Morocco – (African Boulevard News) – The year 2022 has been deemed “the hottest” in Morocco for 40 years, according to the national meteorology department. Climate change has been identified as the leading cause of this extreme weather phenomenon that has affected the North African country.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by the national meteorology department, stating that the yearly average temperature in 2022 was 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than the usual average of the last four decades. The department also revealed that the maximum temperature recorded during 2022 was 49.6 degrees Celsius, which is the hottest temperature recorded since 1961.
The scorching temperatures have wreaked havoc across the country, causing serious health problems for many and leading to concerns about the impact on the agricultural industry. The head of Morocco’s Genie Climate Change program stated that “we must expect more frequent heat waves in the coming years.”
The alarming predictions have caused concern among policymakers in Morocco, a country that depends on agriculture as a major source of income. The country’s agricultural sector accounts for 15 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs over 40 percent of the population.
Farmers have already seen the impact of the heat on their crops, with many reporting severe losses. A farmer from the Marrakech-Safi region reported that he lost nearly 70 percent of his crops due to the high temperatures.
The Moroccan government has been working to address climate change by investing in renewable energy and promoting sustainable development. They have set a target to generate 52 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
However, experts are urging for more drastic measures to be taken. According to the World Bank, Morocco is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change due to its location in North Africa.
Moroccan climate activist, Soumaya El Mestari, stated that “The government must do more to combat climate change. We need to protect our planet and the people who live on it.”
The extreme temperatures in 2022 have led to concerns about the future of Morocco’s climate. With predictions of more heat waves and severe weather events, the government must focus on taking action to mitigate the impact of climate change on the country and its people.