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Spain clocks up chilliest May since 1985

This May has been the coldest in Spain since 1985, as the country braces for what some meteorologists are saying could be the chilliest summer in 200 years.

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’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.

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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.

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