Easter weather: Spain set for rain on the parades

Spaniards will tell you that ‘it always rains in Semana Santa” and this year they will most probably be right as downpours look certain across much of Spain next week.

Easter weather: Spain set for rain on the parades

Spain’s state meteorological agency (AEMET) predicts that unstable weather conditions blowing in from the Atlantic will begin on Palm Sunday bringing scattered showers and strong winds across much of the peninsula.

AEMET have issued special Holy Week weather forecast and are providing daily updates to the religious brotherhoods involved in staging the Easter parades which take place throughout the week beginning Sunday.

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Huge processions are held in cities across Spain during Easter week. Photo: AFP 

There will be certain improvement on Monday and Tuesday with rain only expected in the north of country and a rise in temperatures that should bring clear skies perfect for attending processions.

But from Wednesday, the weather conditions are expected to worsen starting in the the Northwest of the country and sweeping south bringing rain showers and a drop in temperatures over Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and into the Easter weekend.

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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.