Italy's Lake Garda water levels fall to record lows

STORY: Location: Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda's water levels have fallen to record lows

making it possible to reach the island of San Biagio via an exposed pathway

Courtesy: EUROPEAN UNION, COPERNICUS SENTINEL-2 IMAGERY [show last year vs this year]

[Elena Corban, Local resident]

"I've lived here for eighteen years and I've never seen the lake so dry. I used to come here by boat, but this time I

can walk. It's pretty bad, let's hope for some rain."

Weeks of dry winter weather have raised concerns that Italy could face another drought

An anticyclone has brought milder temperatures more normally seen in late spring

Source: Legambiente environmental group

Rivers and lakes in the north of the country are especially dry

The Po, Italy’s longest river, has 61% less water than normal at this time of year

The Alps have also received less than half of their normal snowfall