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Scorchio! Spain set for sizzling weekend in first heat wave of summer

Temperatures are set to soar over the weekend as a mass of warm air sweeps over the Iberian Peninsula from Africa.

Scorchio! Spain set for sizzling weekend in first heat wave of summer

Spain’s state meteorological agency, AEMET, warned that highs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday could reach 10C above the normal average temperature for mid-May.

The soaring temperatures will start in the south west of the country and spread north, and the whole of the country can expect clear cloud-free skies. 

The mercury is predicted to peak at 36C in the cities of Cordoba and Seville on Monday but even the northern regions of  Castilla y León, Asturias, Galicia and Aragon could see temperatures reach 30C.

The unusually warm weather is expected to last until Wednesday when temperatures will fall with the arrival of cooler air from the Atlantic, AEMET said.

 

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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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