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Temperatures set to soar across Spain as spring arrives early

You may have noticed a touch of spring in the air across Spain already, with almond and cherry blossoms bursting into bloom, insects buzzing and the scent of mimosa wafting in the warm sunlight.

Temperatures set to soar across Spain as spring arrives early

Well as the week progresses you may be tempted to take it further and leave the house with a hat or coat or even risk bare arms or, heaven forbid, short trousers.

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Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET confirmed that the weather this week will “be more like what we’d expect in May than in late February, thanks to the arrival of warm air masses.”

“Daytime temperatures will be a good 5 – 10 degrees higher than usual across practically all the peninsula,” AEMET’s Ruben del Campo told Servimedia agency adding that in central Spain it could even reach 10 and 15 degrees above the usual average for this time of year.

Although, AEMET warned that night time temperatures would remain cold.

 

The warm temperatures will begin on Thursday and Friday reaching a peak on Saturday and Sunday before cooling again early next week.

Most of Spain will reach temperatures above 20C even across the north coast from Galicia in the west to Aragon and the foothills of the Pyrenees in the east.

Cordoba is expected to peak at 28C, although at night time the mercury will plummet to below 10C.

The warm weather will also bring clear skies with no rainfall expected until early next week.

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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.

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