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Weather warning: Spain puts 11 regions on alert for storms and high winds

Eleven of Spain’s regions were placed on alert on Thursday due to strong winds and intense rain from Storm Celia according to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

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Spain on alert for storms. Photo: fiquetdidier1 / Pixabay

The areas at the greatest risk of storms are the coastal provinces of Galicia, including La Coruña and the coastal provinces in Valencia.

Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Murcia and the Balearic Islands have also been given a yellow warning.

All these areas have also been put on an orange warning for rainfall, which is expected to reach 100 liters per square metre in 12 hours in Valencia and Castellón.

Rain warnings have also been put in place for Alicante, Murcia, Almería, Albacete, Navarra and Guipúzcoa, which are expected to have up to 60 liters per square metre in 12 hours.

Strong winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour have also been forecast for these areas.

AEMET expects that the east of Spain will continue to be affected by storm Celia, but says that the Saharan dust or calima will begin to subside.  

READ ALSO – Weather in Spain: What is ‘calima’ and is it bad for you?

The haze will continue to affect the Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and the eastern Canary Islands, but it will be less intense AEMET reported. 

Unfortunately, the agency also predicts that the cloudy and rainy weather experienced by much of the north of the country for the past couple of weeks is set to continue. 

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Spain’s unusually early heatwave likely to make this May hottest of the century

Extreme temperatures experienced in a large part of Spain on Friday, and the forecast of 40 degrees Celsius in some places for this weekend, mean May 2022 is on track to be the hottest spring month in the 21st century.

Spain's unusually early heatwave likely to make this May hottest of the century

Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET said the heatwave, caused by a mass of hot air coming from North Africa, had produced high temperatures up to 15 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average.

The worst-hit regions are Andalusia in the south, Extremadura in the southeast, Madrid and Castilla La Mancha in the centre and Aragon in the northeast.

Temperatures are expected to hit 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) in Zaragoza in the northeast, 38 degrees in Seville in the south and 34 degrees in Madrid, sizzling conditions more usually seen in mid-summer than mid-May.

Heatwaves have become more likely due to climate change, scientists say.

As global temperatures rise over time, heatwaves are predicted to become more frequent and intense, and their impacts more widespread.

The Spanish health ministry urged residents to drink plenty of water, reduce physical activity and stay in cool places “as much as possible”.

Eric Solis, 32, who was visiting Madrid from the United States, said the heat was “a little bit concerning” and “not too convenient for tourists”.

“I was expecting a little bit cooler, fresher weather,” he told AFP.

The southern city of Jaén recorded a high of 38.7 degrees Celsius on Thursday, its highest temperature for the month of May since 1883 and 15 degrees Celsius above the average high for this time of the year, said AEMET spokesman Ruben del Campo.

The month of May has been “very hot, much more than normal,” he told AFP.

“In 2015 we had an exceptionally warm month of May, it broke all sorts of records, and it seemed at the that time that a similar situation could not be repeated. It has been just seven years,” he added.

Del Campo said the meteorological agency will have to wait until the end of the month to know if it is the hottest month of May of the 21st century.

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