2014: The year of incessant rain in Spain
Alex Dunham · 11 Feb 2014, 11:02
Published: 11 Feb 2014 11:02 GMT+01:00
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Expats who have just moved to Spain in the hope of escaping the grey skies and winter temperatures of their countries may be now wondering if they’re any better off than back home.
In fact, it’s been a particularly treacherous start to the year all across Western Europe, with ferocious storms and violent winds causing destruction and loss of lives.
Spain itself has experienced severe weather conditions along its northern coast, but perhaps more astounding is the fact that rainfall hasn’t stopped for a single day in some places on the mainland.
The Galician city of Santiago, famed for its ancient Catholic pilgrimage, experienced rainfall every single day until last Sunday: 41 days in total.
According to Spanish weather agency AEMET, 641 litres per square metre have fallen in the north-western Spanish city, online daily 20 minutos reported.
La Coruña, also in Galicia, saw rain come down 39 out of the first 41 days of the year.
The neighbouring towns of Estaca de Bares and Fisterra experienced the same wet weather conditions, with 40 and 36 rainy days respectively.
San Sebastián, another city on Spain’s northern coast, has had 23 days of rainfall as well as its fair share of ferocious tidal waves and powerful winds.
Although Spain’s weather always seems to take a turn for the better whenever summer comes along, the current rainfall trend in cities like Santiago or La Coruña could put them at a par with Europe’s wettest cities.
These include Bergen in Norway(250 days of a rainfall a year), Glasgow in Scotland (262) and Derry in Ireland (256).