Weather warnings issued across Spain as Storm Alex rolls in

Weather alerts have been issued across much of Spain on Friday as storm Alex rolls in bringing high winds and torrential rain.

Weather warnings issued across Spain as Storm Alex rolls in
Weather alerts are in place across much of Spain. Map by Aemet.

Alerts are in place in a total of 47 provinces across Spain.

Spain’s meteorological agency Aemet issued amber alerts for the northern coast from Galicia to the Basque Country where waves are expected to reach over six metres.

They have also been issued for the Balearic Islands and Almeria in the south for stormy seas while much of the peninsula has warnings in place for high winds and torrential rain.


Winds are expected to reach 80km/h and exceed 100 km/h in mountainous regions of the peninsula.

Torrential rain is forecast for much of Spain spreading from the west of the country to the east and the Balearic Islands although parts of the west of Andalusia will likely escape it.  

The Canary Islands is the only region with no weather warnings in place.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet by up to 10C in much of mainland Spain and snow is forecast above 1,200 metres in the mountains in the north of the country.

The stormy weather is predicted to lose its intensity but continue over the weekend and into next week.



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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.