IN IMAGES: Spain sees August snow as temperatures plummet

Summer came to an abrupt end in the mountains in northern Spain this weekend when a sudden cold snap left parts of the Picos de Europa range in a coating of white.

IN IMAGES: Spain sees August snow as temperatures plummet
View of mountain hut in Asturias on Sunday. Photo: Refugio Jou de los Cabrones / Facebook

The dusting of snow fell on rugged peaks of the northern mountain age stretching from Leon, through Asturias to Canatabria where people recorded the unusually early snowfall.

The whole of Spain experienced a sharp drop in temperatures over the weekend as a polar blast swept down from northern Europe.

But even as people sunned themselves on the Mediterranean beaches of southern Spain, some wrapped up in heavy weather winter gear for a hike in the snow.


Snow also fell in the Pyrenees:



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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.