Wet and windy weekend: Weather warnings issued across much of Spain

Spain’s weather agency has issued alerts in 28 provinces across Spain with storms bringing high winds, torrential rain and even hailstones over the weekend.

Wet and windy weekend: Weather warnings issued across much of Spain
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The northern half of Spain, central Spain and parts of Valencia and Andalusia are expected to be battered in storms as the temperature plummets on Friday evening.

Amber warnings are in place for Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, Soria, Burgos, La Rioja and Madrid where precipitation is predicted to reach 30 litres per square meter within an hour.

Madrid authorities warned residents not to venture out in their cars on Friday evening because of possible flash floods.

While lesser yellow warnings are also in place across much of northern and central Spain and in parts of Andalucia and Valencia regions.

On Saturday the storms will shift to Catalonia where amber alerts are in place.

Aemet warned that temperatures across the peninsula would drop bringing “a distinctly autumnal feel”. 


The weather was expected to improve by Sunday. 

The storm warnings as Spain's is still counting the cost of storms that devastated parts of eastern Spain last weekend, leaving a bill estimated €1.5 billion.

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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.