The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the drought is worsening in the Rio Grande Valley. A portion of northern Hidalgo County and a part of western Willacy County are now in the Exceptional Drought (D4) category. Meanwhile, Extreme Drought (D3-D4) conditions have spread throughout Hidalgo and Cameron counties. See the graphs below to compare this week's conditions and last week's. The time to conserve water is now. For water conservation tips, click here: Water conservation tips.