Heat warnings issued across Spain as nation sizzles

Eight regions have been issued with weather warnings on Tuesday as the mercury is expected to soar above 38C in much of Spain.

Heat warnings issued across Spain as nation sizzles
Source: Aemet

Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET has issued amber warnings for parts of the Canary Islands and yellow warnings across much of the south and centre of the peninsula.

“This last week of August is full on summer: clear skes, high temperatures and no rain,” explained Rubén del Campo, spokesman for Aemet. “And in the Canary Islands temperatures will be very high, at least until Thursday.”

The island of Gran Canaria could see the mercury top 43C.

The peninsula will be marked by sizzling temperatures and clear skies until Wednesday when the northern coast can expect some clouds and light rain although storms are expected to gather around the Pyrenees on Thursday.

This map shows that while Storm Francis batters the United Kingdom, Spain swelters in the heat with not a cloud above it.

By Friday the storms currently hitting northern Europe will hit Spain bringing torrential rain to northern parts of Spain sweeping east and reaching the Balearic Islands.

This new weather system will cause temperatures to plummet in the interior and north of Spain and the Pyrenees might even see a few flakes of snow.

The next graphic shows the forecast across Spain and the Balearic Islands until the weekend.


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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.