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Gota Fría: Spain on flood alert as temperatures plummet and storms forecast

Spain’s meteorological agency has issued alerts on Monday warning of torrential rain on the eastern Mediterranean coast and in the Balearic Islands.

Gota Fría: Spain on flood alert as temperatures plummet and storms forecast
Torrential rains hit southeastern Spain in September sparking major flooding in the Valencia region. Photo: AFP

AEMET said that a weather phenomenon known in Spanish as a “gota fria” or DANA (Depresión Aislada en Niveles Altos or Isolated Depression in high levels) will hit the southwest if the peninsula and move towards the Mediterranean area.

This cold front will bring torrential rain to eastern parts of Spain from Valencia to Catalonia and the Balearic Islands on Tuesday and then spread across to the north and west on Wednesday.

The weather agency warned those regions to expect storms, with fierce winds and high seas and issued orange warnings across all the Balearic Islands from Tuesday.

 

 

 

A DANA is an unstable weather system caused by a mass of cold air hitting the hot air of the earth’s service and causing electric storms that bring sudden torrential downpours often including hail.

September saw a devastating gota fria cause flashfloods in the worst storms to hit the Alicante region in more than a century. Seven people lost their lives and hundreds of homes were evacuated.

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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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