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Storm Brendan: Spain braced for big freeze

Spain’s meteorological agency has issued warnings for 24 provinces across nine regions of the country on Tuesday warning of plummeting temperatures, fierce winds and big waves.

Storm Brendan: Spain braced for big freeze
File photo of a snowy street in Spain. Photo: AFP

Storm Brendan is sweeping south after battering the UK and northern Europe with rain and gales. Trees were uprooted, flights cancelled and power lines downed on Monday in the storms.

On Tuesday the storm is set to arrive in Spain causing temperatures to plummet below freezing in the northern half of the peninsula after a balmy start to January.  

AEMET have issued yellow alert for freezing temperatures with parts of Aragon expected to experience temperatures of -8C with Cuenca recorded as the coldest place in Spain at -10C.

Castilla-La Mancha also has a yellow warning with the mercury dropping to below -4C in Albacete, Ciudad Real and Toledo.

Madrid will also see freezing temperatures possible reaching -5C even in the city.

While Avila, Burgos, Segovia and Soria in Castile and León will be even colder.

The stronger orange alerts have been issued for parts of Galicia where waves will reach up to 7 metres with wind speeds over 100kmph

Neighbouring Asturias and Cantabria will also see strong winds and rough seas and have yellow warnings in place.

READ MORE: Seven very Spanish ways to beat the January blues

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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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