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IN PICS: Madrid shrouded in fog as rare pea-souper descends on Spain’s capital

It’s not often Madrid sees such a phenomenon but on Tuesday night Spain’s capital was shrouded in dense fog giving the streets and iconic buildings a haunting atmosphere.

IN PICS: Madrid shrouded in fog as rare pea-souper descends on Spain's capital
Photo: Fiona Govan

Madrileños shared their dramatic images of the pea-souper night on social media.

Here’s a selection of the best:

The Almudena Cathedral and Real Palace looked hauntingly beautiful in the diffused light.


Photo by @SecretosenMadrid.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by JavR (@jrubio16)

Spain's parliament building: 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Carmen Baños (@cbanos)

A foggy walk in the Retiro park:


Photo: AFP

Puerta del Sol:

Looking up the Gran Via from a rooftop on Plaza de España provided a view more reminiscent of London than Madrid.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Tomek (@tomaszsm)

The view from Madrid's four towers was quite spectacular:

The fog, known as 'niebla' in Spanish, gave a spookiness to the streets of La Latina.

 

If you have some great photos to share, use #thelocalSpain on Instagram or send them to [email protected] 

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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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