Colder than Scotland? Spain temp drops to 2C

It is said that what goes up must come down. After sizzling through a heatwave last week parts of Spain are now shivering in temperatures as low as 2C.

Colder than Scotland? Spain temp drops to 2C
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After exeriencing record heat last week – reaching an unseasonable record of 42C – temperatures are set to plummet across Spain, with the mercury falling especially low in central Spain, as well as the Pyrenees, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

One motorist captured incredible footage of his car windscreen being smashed during a ferocious hailstorm in Murcia on Tuesday.

The provinces of Segovia, Palencia and Avila are set to experience lows of 3C, while Burgos, Soria and León will register lows of 2C.

The provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza, Tarragona and Castellón are currently on yellow alert for strong winds according to Spanish weather agency, AEMET while the islands of La Gomera, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Mallorca and Menorca are on the same alert for high waves.

Cloudy skies are expected over much of the Mediterranean coastal area, while there is a chance of showers.

Storms are forecast for eastern Catalonia, Eastern Andalusia and the northern Spanish enclave of Melilla. 

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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.