About one-quarter of Ukraine's territory suffers from drought, with mostly eastern and southern regions under threat of losing a considerable part of the gross grain harvest. Tetyana Adamenko, the head of Ukraine's Hydrometeorological Centre said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
'The drought engulfed the southeastern part of Ukraine - mostly Zaporizhya, Kherson and Kharkiv region (the latter is northeastern Ukraine, - 112 International). The rains in these areas were quite irregular; one can say that a strong drought is observed on 25 percent of the country's territory', she said.
According to Adamenko, the forecast on the changes in the gross grain harvest will appear by late June.
Previously, the All-Ukraine Agrarian Council stated that the long-lasting lack of precipitations may result in the loss of up to half of the gross grain harvest in southern, central and eastern regions.
The extreme level of fire danger is currently observed in eastern and southern regions. However, according to the weather forecasters, thunderstorms will take place in various regions across the country; the average temperatures will keep at the rate of 28-34 degrees above Celsius.