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Winter is coming: Arctic blast to sweep across Spain bringing snow

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Winter is coming: Arctic blast to sweep across Spain bringing snow
Snowfall in Madrid's Retiro park in February, 2018. Photo: AFP
14:49 CEST+02:00
After a fortnight marked by torrential rain and flash flooding in parts of Spain, more severe weather is on the way.
Temperatures are set to plummet by 15C in some places as an Arctic blast sweeps south across the Peninsula from Friday, even as far south as Andalusia.

Spain's state meteorological agency (AEMET) has warned that the first snow is expected over the weekend for zones above 1,200 meters.

Although temperatures have been warm through October, with the thermometer tipping 23C in Madrid on Tuesday, it will have dropped to a mere 10C maximum by Sunday.

The first frost is expected in the north of the country not just in the mountains but also on the plains. Soria is predicted to reach zero temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.

The cold weather brings precipitation which will be snow in the mountains to the north and rain across much of the rest of Spain and the Balearic Islands.

The wintry conditions are predicted to continue until the middle of next week.

It's time to unpack the winter coats.

IMAGES: Southern Spain hit by worst floods in living memory

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