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Weather warnings issued across Spain as storm Karine rolls in

Spain’s meteorological agency has issued a swathe of warnings across Spain as Storm Karine hits the Balearic Islands and peninsula.

Weather warnings issued across Spain as storm Karine rolls in
Map showing alerts issued by Aemet.

Some 33 provinces have been issued with amber alerts – signifying high risk- on Monday for strong winds, heavy snow, and big waves in coastal areas. And all other provinces bar the Canary Islands and Ceuta have been issued with the lesser yellow alerts.

Winds of up to 100km/h are expected to hit the eastern coast affecting areas in the Balearics, Valencia, Catalonia and parts of Andalucia and Murcia while snowfall of up to 20cms is predicted in the Pyrenees.

The north coast is also expecting a battering with waves of up to six metres.

The spate of stormy weather is expected to continue throughout Monday and into Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday in pockets of the north of the country. 

 

 

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WEATHER

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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