Severe drought in California is already causing headaches for state officials as reservoirs are estimated to be on their way to record lows. This year’s drought is already much hotter and drier than usual, which is alarming scientists and climate experts.

As record temperatures hit Memorial Day weekend, parts of California showed lakes with low waterlines and black trees.

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Jay Lund, co-director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California-Davis, said in the Independent UK that levels at the state’s 1,500 watersheds were 50 percent lower than normal.

“In the previous drought, it took (the reservoirs) three years to get this low as they are in the second year of this drought,” Mr. Lund said.

Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency in mid-May and the US Drought Monitor reported that 98% of the state was experiencing drought conditions.

“With the reality of climate change abundantly clear in California, we’re taking urgent action to address acute water supply shortfalls in northern and central California while also building our water resilience to safeguard communities in the decades ahead,” Newsom said in a statement. “We’re working with local officials and other partners to protect public health and safety and the environment, and call on all Californians to help meet this challenge by stepping up their efforts to save water.”

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