Weather: Spain told to brace for week of severe storms

Severe storms with strong winds and hail are to arrive in Spain this week.

Weather: Spain told to brace for week of severe storms
Thunderstorms due in Spain this week. Photo: FelixMittermeier/Pixabay

Between the afternoon of August 10th and midday on Tuesday, an area of isolated depression at high altitude will occur off the coast of southwestern Europe says Meteored.

This will bring with it a cold front and a drop in temperatures, causing stormy weather to move northwest across the Spanish peninsula.

On Tuesday August 11th, irregular showers are expected, turning into storms towards the end of the day, and on Wednesday. Weather experts warn that storms may be severe, particularly in the centre of the country, in areas such as Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and Madrid.

The severe weather front will also make its way up through Galicia and Asturias, causing rainfall of between 70-100 millimetres. Storms may be accompanied by hail and very strong gusts of wind that could occasionally exceed 120 km/h.

On Wednesday, rain showers will be more concentrated in the north of the peninsula. Temperatures in the north of Spain will drop significantly, however the southeast of the country can still expect highs above 36-37C.

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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.