September in Spain was hottest in 50 years

Last month was officially the warmest September in more than 50 years, according to Spain’s national weather agency, which recorded an average temperature of more than 2.4C above the norm for that time of year.

September in Spain was hottest in 50 years
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Data released by the Spanish Meteorological Office (AEMET) revealed that September was the warmest in Spain since 1965 with an average temperature of 23C.

In some areas of Spain the recorded temperatures were an average of 4C above the average temperatures for the month.  

The warm weather meant that rainfall was also markedly less than usual for the month, with a national average 29 percent lower than the average September rainfall.

The highest temperatures were recorded during the first few days of September and again during the last week of the month.

The mercury peaked on September 2 with 41C recorded in Cordoba, and 40.4C in Badajoz while September 24 saw 39.5C in Jerez de la Frontera and 39C in Sevilla.


While rainfall was a lot lower than average for the month (29 percent less across Spain as a whole) September storms brought torrential rain and flash floods to parts of Spain, most notably the historic hilltop town of Ronda. 


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.