Spain braces for ‘summer’s hottest days’

Temperatures across much of southern and central Spain are expected to nudge 40 degrees from Thursday on in what could be the hottest days this summer.

Spain braces for 'summer's hottest days'
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Higher than usual summer temperatures are expected in all of Spain's mainland provinces except for Galicia, Asturias and the north-east of Castile and León.
In what newspaper are calling 'an African heat wave', temperatures are expected to top 39 degrees in many place in the southern half of mainland Spain and in the Ebro valley.
These temperatures could reach 41 degrees in Andalusia's Guadalquivir valley.
Meanwhile, temperatures could climb above 36 degrees in many areas of northern central Spain. 
Minimum temperatures are also unlikely to drop below the 20-degree threshold during the heat wave.
The high temperatures are expected to come down on Friday in the east of mainland Spain and on Saturday across the mainland.

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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.