Storm warnings issued for five Spanish regions

Five regions in Spain were on alert on Tuesday for storms, heavy rains and rough seas.

Storm warnings issued for five Spanish regions
Five regions on alert for storms. Photo: Atilla Bingöl / Unsplash

Andalusia, Catalonia, Murcia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands were all on alert for bad weather.

In the Balearics, 70 litres of rain per square metre was expected within just one hour. 

The meteorologist Francisco Martín said that the current isolated depression that is crossing the Mediterranean “has nothing to do with the episode recorded at the beginning of September”, which caused severe flooding in several regions.

However, he warned that “it will cause problems”. 

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Although the above regions will be the most affected, Martín notes that the storm could also move towards the southwest and the center of the country. 

“It is a retrograde depression, which is more difficult to predict,he stated. A retrograde depression means that the storms move from east to west, in the opposite direction to normal.

On the island of Ibiza, between 10 and 22 litres of rain per square metre has already fallen in the last few hours with “torrential” rain around the airport area, where 22 litres fell in just ten minutes.

The State Meteorology Agency also said that Formentera has experienced heavy rains.  

Meteorologist Martín also warned that “partly due to a warming world”, there are now more depressions and more storms, which can occur at any time of the year. 

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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.