• Spain edition
 
Spain clocks up chilliest May since 1985
Santiago de Compostela is the second rainiest city in Europe after Norway's Bergen. Photo: Moyan Brenn

Spain clocks up chilliest May since 1985

Published: 31 May 2013 10:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 May 2013 10:27 GMT+02:00

Spain’s temperatures dropped by 1.2 degrees compared to the average 15.9 for this time of year.

“Whereas in the south of the country temperatures have been normal, in the north of Spain it’s been three degrees colder this month,” meteorologist Alejandro Lomas told national daily ABC.

Even the Pyrenees are still covered in snow, making it possible for ski resorts to remain open later than ever.

Lomas told ABC this was due to the fact that March’s heavy snowfalls had not yet thawed as a result of the drop in temperatures in the mountain range along the French-Spanish border.

Spain’s State Meteorological Agency AEMET has given little importance to France’s Meteo predictions that this would be the coldest summer in Western Europe in 200 years.

“Our web doesn’t show anomalies for the summer, although it’s only a model,” said Lomas, spokesperson for AEMET.

“Spanish summers are unlikely to be cold.”

Lomas forecasts that this weekend’s weather will bring showers to the north of Spain but that overall temperatures will rise slightly.

Keep your umbrellas handy for next week as the meteorologist has predicted there will be stormy weather despite temperatures going up across the mainland.

In related news, local daily El Correo de Galicia has announced that the city of Santiago de Compostela, famous for being the end point of the Christian pilgrimage known as El Camino de Santiago, is the second rainiest city in Europe (1,900 litres per square metre) after Norway’s Bergen.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spanish Face of the Week
Exposed: student scammer who fooled king
Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias was one of just 2,000 people at the proclamation party for Spain's new king Felipe (pictured) in June. File photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Exposed: student scammer who fooled king

A 20-year-old student from an elite business school who was arrested last week on suspicion of swindling, forging documents and impersonating public officials cozied up to the cream of Spanish society, even managing to attend King Felipe VI’s proclamation. READ  

Wild weather
Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands
The autumn storm saw businesses and garages flooded while landslides caused road closures. Screen grab: YouTube/Agustin Cabeza

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands

Heavy rain caused chaos in the Canary Island city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sunday with one woman dying after she found herself trapped underneath a parked car during flash flooding. READ  

'We will pay off debt': Spain’s ‘indignant’ party
Pablo Iglesias had previously talked of cancelling Spain's public debt, but is now talking about an "orderly restructuring" of Spain’s financial burden. File photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

'We will pay off debt': Spain’s ‘indignant’ party

Spain's left-wing Podemos grouping on Sunday backed away from previous hints it would refuse to pay off Spain's public debt, in a bid to win more voters to its cause. READ  

Credit card scandal
Bank chauffeurs had 'black' Visa cards: report
Photo of a chauffeur: Shutterstock

Bank chauffeurs had 'black' Visa cards: report

A dozen chauffeurs working for two major Spanish banks were issued company credit cards so that drivers could make luxury purchases on the behalf of top executives, a Spanish newspaper reported on Monday, part of a scandal which has rocked Spain. READ  

Ebola-infected Spanish nurse tests negative
Further tests will be performed in the "coming hours" to confirm if a Spanish nursing assistant with Ebola is indeed virus-free. Photo: DYDPPA/AFP

Ebola-infected Spanish nurse tests negative

Test results from Sunday show a Spanish nursing assistant thought to the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus in her blood, the government said. READ  

Spanish medics leading Ebola fight in Europe
File Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Spanish medics leading Ebola fight in Europe

After a Spanish nurse became infected with Ebola the staff at Carlos III hospital have had to take a step into charted territory to fight against the deadly virus. READ  

Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State
Iraqi Shiite men who have enlisted in the national forces to fight against Islamic State. AFP Photo/Haidar Hamdani

Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State

Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday. READ  

Barcelona boss: Luis Suarez is not fat
Luis Suarez poses after receiving the 2014 Golden Boot. AFP Photo/Lluis Gene

Barcelona boss: Luis Suarez is not fat

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insisted Friday that Luis Suarez is not fat as the controversial Uruguyan striker prepares to make his return to competitive action. READ  

Ashya King
Ashya King leaves intensive care in hospital
Five-year-old Ashya King and his mother Naghmeh. Photo: Spanish National Police/Twitter

Ashya King leaves intensive care in hospital

Five-year-old British brain tumour patient Ashya King has left intensive care after undergoing potentially life-saving proton beam therapy, the hospital in Prague where he was treated said Friday. READ  

Court rejects extradition for ETA militant in UK
Antonio Troitino, 57, was on conditional release from jail in England but Spain had maintained an extradition warrant for him. Photo: Mike Fleming/AFP

Court rejects extradition for ETA militant in UK

A British court on Friday ruled against the extradition to Spain of an ETA militant because it found the European arrest warrant against him to be "invalid". READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Where's the best place to live in Spain?
Travel
Top ten: great autumn getaways in Spain
National
The great Spanish cities quiz: take it now
National
Revealed: the cost of expat food in Spain
Politics
Catalan leader calls independence vote 'lite'
What's On
Games of Thrones star 'barred' from Seville film set
Health
Spanish nurse contracts Ebola in Madrid
National
Madrid starts fining users of Uber 'taxi' app
Education
Only one Spanish university makes world's top 200
What's On
What's on in Spain: October 2014
Politics
Spanish court suspends Catalan independence vote
National
Catalonia defies Madrid and calls independence vote
National
Spanish village swaps bulls for giant balls
Society
Spain scraps plans for tough new abortion law
National
Spain's royal 'bad boy' to be sent to UK school
National
'This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain'
National
Loud porn movie scares locals into calling cops
National
'We'll axe Catalan autonomy but won't send in tanks'
National
Spain's Thatcher square defaced by 'Brits'
National
Top 10: best Spanish movies of all time
National
Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe
Society
Named: the best city to live in Spain
National
Catalonia's 'Diada': 5 things you need to know
Travel
Top ten amazing activities in Tenerife
National
Spain opens door to ban on burqas
Travel
Top ten: best bike rides in Spain
Travel
Spain to reopen 'world's most dangerous walk': The Camino del Rey
National
'Catalonia could be the shock Spain needs'
National
Office slang: Top ten Spanish expressions
Sport
Think you know Spanish football? Try these amazing facts
International
Australia set to welcome young Spanish workers
Opinion
Is tourism destroying Barcelona?
Society
Fashion fail: Zara pulls plug on 'Holocaust shirt' for kids
National
Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane
Spain 'would block independent Scotland from joining EU'
Politics
Spain 'would block independent Scotland from joining EU'
International
Spanish police mistake Morocco's king for people smuggler
What's On
What's on in Spain: September
Society
Miss Spain comes out of closet on Instagram
Travel
Top ten: Spain's best natural swimming pools
Property
'Dying' town flogs off land for €200 to woo new blood
National
Gays to blame for Spain's trillion euro debt: senator
Society
Spain's anti-rape guidelines: 1) Close your curtains
National
Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

1,717
jobs available