Early summer hot spell to hit Spain in time for sanctioned weekend walks

Across Spain people who have been in lockdown since March 14th are keenly anticipating the first sanctioned walks that they can make in the open-air this weekend.

Early summer hot spell to hit Spain in time for sanctioned weekend walks
Temperatures will hit the mid-30C over the weekend. Photo

Dog owners have been allowed to leave the house to take their pets for short necessary walks and children were only released for the first time last Sunday but May 2nd is the day when restrictions will be lifted to allow adults outside to stretch their legs.


The first outings outdoors, apart from those trips to buy essential supplies or seek medical care, coincide with a rise in temperatures that will see some parts of Spain sizzle in unusually warm weather for the time of year.


This video by shows the mass of warm that will sweep in from the west that will see much of Spain see temperatures above 25C reaching 36C in the Guadalquivir Valley.


Rubén del Campo, the spokesman for Aemet said that after several months marked by persistent wet and rainy weather, the change will come with the start of May.

But he warned people to be careful when they went outside for the first time in more than six weeks because they wouldn’t be used to the sun or high temperatures. “The sun burns even at midday,” he warned.





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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.