Winter is coming back: Cold front sweeps across Spain

A cold front is set to sweep across Spain from the north bringing fierce winds, torrential rain or snow in some places.

Winter is coming back: Cold front sweeps across Spain
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Spain’s state weather agency (AEMET) has issued weather warnings across much of the peninsula for Wednesday and severe warnings along the northern Atlantic coast as high seas are set to batter the coast from Galicia to the Basque Country.

For almost a fortnight the nation has been basking in unseasonably warm conditions with temperatures an average 15 degrees higher than is typical for this time of year.

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But from Tuesday until at least the end of the week the cold wintry weather will return, bringing conditions that are considered more normal for early March.

Strong winds are expected to reach 100km in mountainous regions of the north of Spain and temperatures are even expected to drop along the Mediterranean coast.

Firefighters are still tackling dozens of wildfires which have broken out between Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country. Though the wind will pose a problem, the promise of rain could help bring the fires under control. 

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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.