Scorchio! All of Spain is set to sizzle in heatwave

Temperatures across the entire country, even the usually cooler northern regions, are set to soar with unseasonably warm weather expected this week.

Scorchio! All of Spain is set to sizzle in heatwave
Temperatures will soar across Spain this week. Photo: Shutterstock

Make sure to pack your suncream if you are travelling to Spain this week as everywhere across the country will experience temperatures of at least 35C according to the latest weather reports.

While Spain is known for its sunny weather, temperatures are unseasonably high for this time of year thanks to a warm front moving over the country.

“We are going to experience some very hot days for this time of year,” Ana Casals, spokesman for Spain’s weather agency, AEMET, confirmed to Spanish daily El Mundo. 

Temperatures will rise across the country from Tuesday; in the northern region of Asturias, temperatures were forecast to rise from 18C on Monday to 26C on Tuesday.

More southerly regions, such as Andalusia were expecting temperatures of around 36C on Tuesday, AEMET confirmed.

Temperatures will continue to rise on Wednesday, with temperatures of 36C forecast for vast swathes of central and southern Spain.

Thursday will be the hottest day of the week; the Basque Country could see temperatures of up to 36C while temperatures in both Asturias and Cantabria will exceed 30C.

As a response to the situation, Spain’s health ministry put in place on Monday a special plan to prevent the effects of high temperatures which will run until September 15th. 

The plan is being launched earlier than previous years due to the unseasonably high temperatures this week. 

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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.