Spain set for springlike February

Spain set for springlike February
Almond blossom and an Osborne bull. Photo: AFP
After a stormy start to the year with Spain counting the cost of the devastation left in the wake of Storm Gloria, the national weather agency has predicted a very different weather system in February.

Temperatures are set to soar with the change in the month promising sunny skies across Spain and balmy February days in what AEMET has dubbed 'veranillo en Febrero' – little summer in February.

The mercury will be higher than average for the time of the year, said AEMET, topping 22C on the Med and rising to over 20C even on the Cantabrian coast.

Catalonia, in the northeast of the country, which was adversely hit by the recent storms, will see temperatures in the high teens while the central plains of Castile-La Mancha and Castile León will average between 13C-16C.

The warm temperatures expected to herald the start of February won’t last into the second week in the northern half of the country, which is likely to see a return of instable weather from February 4th.

But the meteorological agency is already predicting more stable weather and mild temperatures from around mid-February.

However, this could cause problems for ski resorts and those areas affected by recent heavy snowfall as the warmer temperatures will likely bring an early thaw.

Rivers in the northerneastern quarter of Spain are already perilously full after the recent Storm Gloria and authorities in Aragon have already warned those living in flood zones to be vigilant.

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