At last! Summer weather sweeps across Spain

After a long rainy spring that has stretched on for what seems like months and months, it’s finally time to pack away your winter wardrobe as summer weather has officially arrived.

At last! Summer weather sweeps across Spain
A man cools off at a fountain in Seville. Archive photo: AFP

Spain’s state meteorological agency has forecast clear skies across nearly all the peninsula with temperatures expected to reach above a more seasonal 30C in Madrid for the first time this year.

Only patches of Cantabria, the Basque Country and Navarra will be overcast, while those in the islands – both the Canaries and the Balearics – can expect to see scattered showers.

In the south, temperatures are predicted to soar into the high 30s, peaking in Cordoba at 38C on Sunday.

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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.