What you need to know about the state of California’s drought

A new study says California is experiencing its driest winter in 40 years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week that the state is on track to be one of the driest on record.

The NCEI study said California’s precipitation is down 7.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016, the first year of record-keeping.

The drought is also affecting the state’s water supply.

“The record-low precipitation for California is being driven primarily by an ongoing period of drought,” the report said.

“The precipitation is also expected to remain below average for much of the year.”

California’s National Weather Service said the drought could last until November.

A study released this week said that a “significant” part of the state could be without electricity for weeks or months at a time.

The report said California has already experienced more than 4 million water-related emergency notifications, up from 3.4 million last year.