LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor is now categorizing two-thirds of California as abnormally dry.
The monitor reports Thursday that more than 81% of the state is considered dry, including a small percentage in the first stages of drought.READ MORE: 2 Killed in Separate Shootings Saturday in San Francisco Potrero Hill Neighborhood
That’s up from less than 18% last week.
The monitor says that while reservoirs remain high, there have been above-normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation six weeks into the current water year that started Oct. 1.READ MORE: Saturday Shooting in Sunnyvale Kills 1; Police Arrest Suspect
Drought status is confined to a narrow strip along the southeastern borders, amounting to just under 4% of the state.
Only the far north remains clear of all levels of dryness.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is a product of federal agencies and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.MORE NEWS: Police Arrest Teen Suspect for Friday-Evening Homicide in SF Excelsior District
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