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Weather forecast: What more is in store for Spain this week

After the biggest snowstorm in half a century, Spain is now braced for a big freeze.

Weather forecast: What more is in store for Spain this week
Photo: AFP

Storm Filomena left much of Spain under a blanket of snow but now an Atlantic anticyclone rolling in from the northwest will cause the mercury to plummet across mountainous regions as well as the plains.

 

 

This week Spain is forecast to experience a “Scandanavian winter, where the norm in January is for there to be 0ºC during the day, which falls to -10ºC to -15ºC at night,” according to José Miguel Viñas, a meteorologist for the weather website tiempo.com

Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET has issued weather warnings for freezing temperatures for at least 30 provinces as day time temperatures across much of the peninsula drop to minus 10ºC at night and won’t exceed 5ºC by day.

This interactive map produced by AEMET shows the alerts in place for each province.

 

Parts of Castilla y Leon and Castilla-La Mancha – Soria, Albacete and Cuenca – have red alerts representing the most extreme risk of freezing temperatures where the mercury is predicted to drop to -16ºC, -12ºC and -14ºC respectively.

Amber alerts indicating significant risk have been issued for Huesca, Ávila, Segovia, Albacete, Ciudad Real, , Guadalajara, Toledo, Lleida and Madrid where temperatures are expected to drop between -8ºC and -10ºC.

Milder yellow alerts have been issued for Almería, Granada, Jaén, Zaragoza, Teruel, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Soria, Zamora, Barcelona, ​​Girona, Tarragona, Cáceres, Lugo, Ourense, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja and Valencia, for temperatures expected between -1ºC and -8ºC.

Here is a map with the maximum and minimum temperatures expected on Monday.

And a graph showing the evolution of minimum temperatures throuhout the week:

 

The cold temperatures are predicted to last until at least Thursday when the mercury is expected to rise again.

 

Travel in and around Madrid is expected to be difficult over the coming days as the heavy snowfall turns to ice with the region’s premier urging on Madrileños to “stay at home when possible”.

Authorities called on residents to “work from home and avoid using private cars” warning that normal mobility on the roads could not expected until at least the end of the week”.

The snow also caused huge damage to trees across the city with many losing their branches under the weight of the snow, falling on cars and blocking streets and doorways.

City authorities have organised distribution points for residents to collect salt in order to de-ice pathways and garage entrances.

 

This interactive map produced by Madrid City Hall shows in realtime the streets that have been cleared of snow across the capital.

 

Andalucia will also see temperatures drop especially away from the coast. 

Parts of inland Valencia also have weather alerts issued although temperatures are not expected to drop below freezing in coastal areas on in the Balearic Islands.

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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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