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Scorchio! Temperatures to exceed 40C across eastern Spain

Spain’s meteorological agency has warned of exceedingly hot temperatures on Friday across much of eastern Spain from Catalonia in the north to Murcia in the south.

Scorchio! Temperatures to exceed 40C across eastern Spain
People cool down in a fountain in Valencia. Photo: AFP

Temperatures could exceed 40C on Friday and even reach 42C in parts of the Valencia region with a red warning issued for extreme temperatures in the province of Valencia itself.

 

 

Another 14 weather alerts have been issued for high temperatures affecting Malaga, Almeria, all of Aragon, Albacete, all of Catalonia and Alicante.

Orange alerts are also in place in parts of Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera in the Balearic Islands.

Meanwhile in the northwest, alerts have been issued for coastal areas of Galicia where strong winds will bring high seas and the possibility of rainstorms.

 

 

READ MORE: Most of Spain on alert for wildfire risk as temperatures soar

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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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