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Spain weather forecast: Wet and windy weekend ahead

Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET has issued alerts across 40 provinces in Spain on Friday as much of the peninsula braces for high winds and precipitation.

Spain weather forecast: Wet and windy weekend ahead
AEMET has issued 40 weather warnings across Spain for Friday. Photo: AFP

The provinces of Córdoba, Huelva, Jaén, Sevilla, Málaga, Almería, Huesca, Ávila, Salamanca, Zamora, Barcelona, ​​Gerona, Lérida, Ceuta, Cáceres, La Coruña, Ourense and Pontevedra have been issued with yellow alerts for torrential rain, with between 15 and 60 litres of water per hour predicted to fall.

In the southwest Cadiz has a higher amber warning in place for even more torrential rain as well as strong winds and high waves.

In fact coastal provinces from the north to the south, La Coruña, Lugo, Asturias, Ceuta, Granada, Almeria and Malaga, are set for waves up to four metres in height.

High seas are also expected but to a lesser degree in Cantabria, Alicante, Murcia, Pontevedra, Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Rain is expected across much of the peninsula and Balearic Islands with snow falling above 1,100 metres.

Temperatures will rise on Monday and Tuesday.

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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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