Spain’s national weather agency (AEMET) issued extreme weather alerts for the eastern side of the mainland and the Balearic Islands just as Mallorca was clearing up from devastating floods that claimed 13 lives.
The weather front is expected to arrive on Thursday and continue until Sunday plunging Spain into the worst “gota fria” – a Spanish term meaning ‘cold drop’ that explains a sudden drop in temperature – in a decade.
Parts of Aragón, Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia, Andalusia, and the Balearic have been issued with weather alerts while Castellón province, just north of Valencia city is expected to bear the brunt of the storms and is on red alert.
— AEMET (@AEMET_Esp) October 18, 2018
Torrential rain is expected which brings the risk of more flash floods.
“More than 100 millimeters could fall in 12 hours in many areas in the Mediterranean and the Balearic Islands,” said AEMET. ”With up to 180 mm expected to fall in Castellon during Thursday and Friday.”