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Spain’s Halloween puente: Warmer than usual but take an umbrella

Whatever your plans over the puente – the long weekend that incorporates the national bank holiday on November 1 – be warned that over much of the peninsula, rain is a possibility.

Spain’s Halloween puente: Warmer than usual but take an umbrella
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For trick-or-treaters there is good news with Spain’s state weather agency predicting that temperatures would be warmer than average for this time of year  – reaching 16C in Madrid and 20C in Seville on Halloween night itself.

But much of the north of the country is likely to experience rain showers beginning on Thursday evening and then moving south and across the whole of Spain throughout the day Friday and over the weekend.

Friday is All Saints Day and the day when Spanish families traditionally visit the graves of their loved ones.

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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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