September heatwave: Alerts for 32 provinces across Spain

Spain's national meteorological agency has issued high temperature alerts for 32 provinces across Spain on Wednesday as the late summer heatwave continued.

September heatwave: Alerts for 32 provinces across Spain
Cooling off in Seville. Photo: AFP

The unseasonal heatwave gripping Spain also extended to provinces in the north of the country.

Temperatures well over 35 C are being experienced across the country with provinces in Valencia, Andalusia and Extremadura tipping into the 40s.

In fact this week has seen record temperatures for the month of September when the mercury reached 45 C in Jaen and Cordoba on Monday, the hottest September day on record.

But Aemet forecast that the heatwave is about to break with a cold front expected to reach northwestern Spain on Thursday bringing storms and a drop in temperatures.

The heatwave has put much of Spain at risk of wildfires. Serious blazes raged across the Costa Blanca, Menorca and Galicia, some of which were thought to have been started deliberately.

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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.