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Spain’s autumn forecast: warmer and drier than usual

Autumn in Spain this year looks set to be drier and warmer than is typical for the season, according to predictions from the National Meteorological Agency Aemet.

Spain's autumn forecast: warmer and drier than usual
Clearing up fallen leaves in Madrid. File photo: AFP

The season officially arrived on Tuesday September 22nd at 3:31pm with the autumn equinox and will last until the winter solstice on December 21st.

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So as the first rain of the season arrives  in parts of the peninsula this week, Aemet looks ahead at what’s in store for the next 89 days and 20 hours of autumn.

Based on modelling and probability data, Aemet suggests that temperatures will once again be slighter higher than average for the last quarter of the year across the whole of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands experiencing an average temperature rise of 0.6C.

After a summer that was recorded as the ninth hottest on record, it seems we are heading for an autumn with less rainfall than is typical this time of year, apart from the Canary Islands where an increase in rainfall is expected.

In some parts of Spain summer will be brought to an abrupt close this week with the arrival of storms, high winds and torrential rain especially along the northern coast and northeast of the country.

Other parts of Spain however, notably the southern half of the peninsula will be enjoyingwhat the Spanish call a “veranillo de San Miguel” – when the warmer weather continues beyond the feast day of Saint Michael on September 29th.

This year some predict that we won’t be needing to pull out the long trousers and jumpers (that’s long pants and sweaters for American readers) until at least the first week of October.

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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.

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