Scorchio! Spain sizzles in early summer heatwave

The mercury soared across Spain over the weekend and is set to get even hotter as the week progresses.

Scorchio! Spain sizzles in early summer heatwave
A horse drinks from a fountain in Seville. Photo: AFP

Six provinces across Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura are on amber alert (significant risk) with temperatures expected to reach above 40C, according to predictions by state meteorogical agency AEMET:

While a further 18 provinces are on a lower level yellow alert with temperatures predicted for the mid-thirties as winds bring hot air from the Sahara across the Iberian peninsula.

With temperatures already reaching heights more usual for July and August, it’s just as well that municipal open air swimming pools are now open for the season.

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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.