Information on the hydrometeorological situation in river basins of Belarus formed in March 2021
The average air temperature in Belarus in March was + 1.1°C, which is 0.9°C higher than the climatic norm.
The above zero air temperature anomaly spread everywhere, reaching the highest values in the Vitebsk region (on average in the region of 1.3°C), and the lowest in the Gomel region (on the average in the region of 0.6°C).
On average, 26.7 mm of precipitation fell in Belarus in March, which amounted to 68% of the climatic norm. Moisture deficit was noted throughout the country. The smallest amount of precipitation fell on the territory of the Brest region (53% of the norm), the highest - on the territory of the Vitebsk region (79% of the norm).
In March, the nature of the weather contributed to the slow melting of ice on the country's water bodies and their gradual clearing of ice formations. By the end of the month, only on the Western Dvina near the city of Surazh, an incomplete ice cover remained, and on the Pripyat tributary, the Ptich river, near the village of Daraganovo, there were water shores.
In March, on the rivers of the country, the increase in the water levels of the spring flood occurred everywhere. In some parts of the rivers of the basins of the Neman, Viliya, Zapadny Bug, Dnieper, Berezina, Sozh and Pripyat, the water levels exceeded the level of water outlet to the floodplain.
On the river Pronya tributary near the village of Letyaga, the water level exceeded a dangerous high mark, and on the Pripyat near the villages of Chernichi and the town of Petrikov, as well as on its tributary river Sluch near the village of Lenin, the water levels were close to dangerous high marks.
By the end of the month, due to negative night air temperatures, in some parts of the rivers there was a slight drop in water levels and their even course, as a result of which the water level on the Pronya River, a tributary of the Sozh near the village of Letyagi, dropped below a dangerous high mark.
In March, the water content of Sozh and Pripyat was close to the usual for this time of year, the water content of the Neman and Viliya was 10-40% less than the norm, and the water content of the Dnieper, Berezina and Western Dvina in the area of Polotsk was 20-40% higher than the norm.