Spain clocks up wettest March on record

Spain notched up its rainiest March on record last month and the high water levels of many of the country's rivers are continuing to cause problems around the country.

Spain clocks up wettest March on record
Rivers all over Spain have broken their banks in recent weeks. Photo: Mike Young
Forecasters are predicting less rain on Tuesday but the high water level of many of Spain's rivers is continuing to cause serious problems.
The current situation is most difficult along the River Duero, especially where it passes through the provinces of Zamora and Valladolid.
In Castilla-Leon, water levels should be more or less stable in the next few days, according to José Valín of the Hydrological Confederation of the Duero.
"This depends on rainfall over the course of this week," Valín was cited as saying by national broadcaster RTVE.
A travel advisory issued on Monday warned of flooding affecting nearly all of Spain's river basins.
Also on Monday, a motorist and a truck driver died when a bridge collapsed in central Spain following torrential rains, regional officials said.

The collapse in Fuencaliente, northeast of Cordoba in  Castile-La Mancha province, caused a car and a truck to plunge into the Yeguas River, they said.
The driver of the car was aged 23, the officials said, without stating the age of the truck driver.
On Saturday, a cyclist died near the Colemenar in Madrid's sierra.
Authorities say that he probably drowned when he attempted to cross a swollen stream on his bicycle. 
In the Sierra de Alcaraz in Albacete, meanwhile, 25 people were stranded at a campground because of a rising Mundo River which blocked the only access to the facility.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.