Heatwave: Half of Spain on alert as mercury tops 42C

The heatwave continues unabated across Spain with extreme temperature warnings issued across 32 provinces in 12 regions.

Heatwave: Half of Spain on alert as mercury tops 42C
Map showing maximum heat in Spain today. Photo: AEMET

Spain’s meteorological agency (AEMET) issued amber warnings – representing significant risk- across nine regions.

From the foothills of the Pyrenees to the dusty plains, the mercury is expected to top 42C as  strong winds blow in from Africa.  The maximum red signifying extreme weather alerts have been issued for parts of the Basque Country and Navarra while amber warnings are in place across Aragon, Madrid, La Rioja.

All the provinces of Catalonia, bar Tarragona where firefighters are battling a wildfire,  are also on amber alert, so too is much of Castilla-La Mancha and  Castile-Leon.

Further south, Jaen is expected to see temperatures above 42C and is on amber alert, while Granada is on the lesser yellow alert along with parts of Extremadura.

The Baleraric Islands has a yellow warning, along with Cantabria.

Check the temperatures predicted for provinces across Spain in El Mundo's interactive map below:


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Aemet explains that amber warnings mean there is a significant risk to the population caused by meteorological conditions while the yellow label is designed to raise awareness of a possible risk.

Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers backed by water-dropping aircraft on Wednesday battled to put out a wind-fuelled forest fire that erupted in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

The worst is expected Friday, when 33 of the 50 Spanish provinces face extreme temperatures, which could reach 44 degrees in Girona.

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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.