What will the weather be like in Spain this Christmas?

It won’t be a white Christmas this year in Spain, but it could be a wet one.

Participants jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell on December 25, 2018. - The traditional 200-meter Christmas swimming race gathered more than 300 participants on Barcelona's old harbour. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)
Participants jumps into the water during Barcelona's 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition held every year on December 25th. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

According to Spain’s national weather agency Aemet, the week of 20th to 26th will be “characterized by the successive passage of Atlantic fronts… that will leave rainfall in the extreme west of the peninsula” and rainy spells across the rest of Spain.

Not only will western Spain be rainy this week – particularly the Gulf of Cadiz area – but it is likely, Aemet says, “that there will be weaker and more dispersed rainfall on the Cantabrian slope, upper and middle Ebro, and the Pyrenees” in the north, and that the rains will spread eastward through the week leading to Christmas.

In terms of temperatures, they are set to hover in the low-teens in Madrid and Barcelona, and around the mid to high-teens in the Valencia and Sevilla areas, with the Canaries topping the charts in the high-teens, perhaps even into the low twenties.

After Christmas? More of the same. “Probably, the week from Christmas to New Year’s will be more rain than usual in the south again, but also in the center and east, so by the end of the year the rains could irrigate the whole country,” one Aemet spokesman predicted. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve

High temperatures (18°C) in the Valencia region, and Mediterranean coast more generally, with heavy rain forecast for western Spain from Cadiz all the way up to Galicia.

The rest of northern Spain, including Cantabria and Pais Vasco, should stay dry for most of the day and be somewhere in the mid-teens in terms of temperature.

There’s rain forecast in Barcelona, and Madrid will stay dry but be chilly at around 11°C.

Both the Belearics and Canaries will stay dry with temperatures pushing the high-teens.

Spain’s weather forecast for 10am on December 24th. Map: Aemet

Christmas Day

Much of south-western Spain will stay rainy on Christmas day, and the rain will arrive in Madrid overnight as it spreads eastward. In Andalucia, the rains will spread as far east as Granada, and in the north Bilbao.

Showers are forecast in the Balearics in the morning, but will brighten up during the day and reach temperatures of 16°C.

By Christmas evening, the rains will have made their way eastward to such an extent that only the Murcia and Valencia regions aren’t forecast showers.

Spain’s weather forecast for the afternoon of Christmas Day. Map: Aemet

Boxing Day

Rain is forecast to continue on and off during Boxing Day, reaching the Valencia region by afternoon. Western Andalucia will continue to experience heavy showers, but temperatures will remain in the mid-teens.

In Madrid, temperatures could dip into single figures, as will much of northern Spain, although Barcelona could escape showers and remain in the low-teens.

The Belearics will stay dry and in the mid-teens, and the Canaries in the high-teens with the chance of thunderstorms in the evening.

The afternoon forecast for December 26th in Spain. Map: Aemet

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VIDEO: ‘Mini tsunami’ shocks beachgoers in southern Spain 

Holidaymakers in the southern Spanish province of Cádiz were surprised by a sudden wave which in a matter of seconds engulfed the entire beach, dragging and drenching everything in its path. 

VIDEO: 'Mini tsunami' shocks beachgoers in southern Spain 

Beachgoers at Valdelagrana beach in the city of Puerto de Santa María in Cádiz (Andalusia) got a scare on Saturday when a low-height wave engulfed the entire beach without prior warning. 

The phenomenon is referred to as a sneaker wave, a disproportionately large coastal wave which isn’t fully understood by scientists but which is believed to be a consequence of high tides during full moons. 

Within a matter of seconds, the wave either drenched or dragged sun loungers, dustbins, parts of the wooden walkway and people’s belongings as beachgoers rushed away from the beach. 

As can be seen in the videos, despite the wave’s wide expanse and power, the water was only ankle high. 

Nobody was injured as a result of the phenomenon which, although displaying similar traits to a tsunami, cannot officially be classified as such. 

“We reiterate, for the peace of mind of all our residents and visitors who are enjoying the summer holidays in our city, what happened this afternoon on Valdelagrana beach is only a high tide, with the full moon making it reach its highest level”, Puerto de Santa María authorities wrote in response to the bizarre event.