Spain just recorded its coldest temperature ever: -34.1°C

This morning, Wednesday January 6th, Spain recorded the lowest temperature since records began: -34.1°C.

Spain just recorded its coldest temperature ever: -34.1°C
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The temperature was recorded at the Clot del Tuc La Llança weather station, located in the Pallars Sobirà area, in the Catalan Pyrenees.

The temperature was provided by the Parc Natural de L’Alt Pirineu and confirmed by the state metrological agency AEMET.

This freezing temperature would have been reached at a height of 2,305 metres, according to the weather station.

Cold air has been moving down the country throughout the course of Three Kings’ Day on January 6th, and temperatures across Spain are at least three to four degrees lower than normal.

Meteorologists agree that storm 'Filomena', which is now sweeping across the country, could bring the “heaviest snowfall in years” from this Thursday, January 7th.

The storm is expected to be a weeklong weather phenomenon which will see temperatures drop to -10°C in northern and central Spain and lead to heavy snowfall at abnormally low altitudes of as little as 200 metres, according to AEMET.

Even Madrid and Barcelona are expected to see snow this week. 

The last time a similar temperature was experienced in Spain was back in February of 1956, when -32°C was recorded in Estany-Gento, in the Catalan province of Lleida.

One of the coldest provinces in Spain is Teruel in Aragón, which in 1963 recorded a temperature of -30°C in the town of Calamocha. ( in Guadalajara in the central Castilla La-Mancha region) is also one of the coldest municipalities in the country, previously recording -28.2°C.

A few of Spain's other winter freezing zones include Navacerrada in Madrid, Cuéllar in Segovia and Reinosa in Cantabria. 

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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.