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Late summer continues across most of Spain for another week

While northern Europe was braced for torrential rain and high winds as it was lashed by the tail end of Hurricane Lorenzo, the Spanish peninsular is set to enjoy altogether sunnier skies.

Late summer continues across most of Spain for another week
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In Spain they call it a “veranillo de San Miguel” – when the warmer weather continues beyond the feast day of Saint Michael on September 29th.

This year, however we are already four days into October and across much of Spain at least, the sun is still shining and there is little chance of rain.

Spain’s meteorological agency said the warm weather would contine across most of central and southern Spain for another ten days at least.

In Valencia, temperatures of 35C were recorded –only the second time an October day reached such heights since records began in 150 years ago.

 

Only Galicia, the region located in the typically damper northwestern corner of Spain and the northern coast stretching to the Pyrenees would see any amount of rain over the next week, predicted Aemet.

 

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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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