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Summer comes to an end with rain in Spain falling mainly…everywhere

Fierce winds, torrential rain, plummeting temperatures and even hailstorms.

Summer comes to an end with rain in Spain falling mainly…everywhere
Photo: AEMET

The last week of August brings an abrupt end to summer across Spain with the national meteorological agency issuing  weather alerts across 24 provinces.

As a low front moves across the Iberian peninsula it will bring torrential rain to much of south and central Spai, dumping an excess of 30 litres of rain per square meter per hour in Malaga.

Storm warnings have also been activated in Córdoba, Granada, Jaén, Málaga, Seville, Teruel, Zaragoza, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, Avila, Soria, Madrid, Valencia, Murcia and all four provinces in Galicia.

Meanwhile pockets of Spain, including much of the Catalan coast and the Balearic Islands are on amber alert for high temperatures.

The weather is likely to continue to be stormy until at least Wednesday.

WEATHER

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.

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