Very cold nights are being recorded in the Region of Murcia, with low temperatures during almost the entire Christmas holiday. In the night of last Wednesday, the temperatures fell below zero degrees Celsius in the northwest and the plateau, causing the first frosts.
These frosts have not yet been very severe, except for the one that hit the Guadalentín artichoke, as confirmed by Miguel Padilla, of COAG, who showed his concern for what is to come, with plenty of frosts forecast in the entire region.
The cold is beneficial for the region's woodland; however, crops such as lettuce, lemon and artichoke are very sensitive. In any case, even the most resistant vegetables, such as broccoli, are not able to withstand subzero temperatures for several hours.
Padilla says that although agricultural producers are preparing for very cold nights, it isn't possible to protect every plantation from the frost. You can either speed up the harvesting process or use thermal blankets to protect the plantations.
For now, there are no damage estimates, but if the cold nights continue, the losses will be worth millions.