Storms return to Spain with flood warnings issued across peninsula

Storms bringing torrential rain and potential flash floods are set to return to Spain after a three day reprieve.

Storms return to Spain with flood warnings issued across peninsula
Photo: AEMET

Spain’s national weather agency Aemet, warned that much of the northern half of the peninsula would be hit by thunderstorms and torrential rain, possibly even hailstorms.

The storms hit parts of northern Spain early on Wednesday evening.


Weather warnings were issued for the provinces of Huesca, Teruel, Zaragoza, Castellón, Valencia, Burgos, León, Palencia, Lleida, La Rioja, Cantabria, Guadalajara, Soria, Barcelona, Girona, Navarra, Lugo in Galicia and Asturias.



The stormy weather was expected to continue throughout Thursday and intensify in the central part of the country on Friday, with 18 yellow storm warnings were issued across much of Castille-Leon region and Madrid.

The warnings come after much of the southeast of Spain was battered by storms described as the worst in 140 years.

Flashfloods caused the deaths of seven people and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes from Murcia to Alicante and Albacete.


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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.