Cold snap darkens weekend outlook

Spring is going to go into brief remission this weekend with cold temperatures expected across much of mainland Spain.

Cold snap darkens weekend outlook
Winter jackets may have to be rescued from the closet again this weekend. File photo: R Hensley/Flickr

After a fortnight of glorious spring weather across most of the country, Spain is bracing itself for the arrival of a front which will see cold air sweeping in from the north.

The north and centre of the country can expect temperatures which will hover around the ten degrees mark, reported news agency EFE on Tuesday evening.

Temperatures will be significantly lower than average for this time of year from Saturday through to Monday, said the Spanish news agency AEMET.

Meanwhile, icy conditions with temperatures between 2 and –5 degrees could take hold in parts of Cantabria, Castile and Leon and in the Pyrenees.

The Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands will be less affected by the cold front. There will, however, be the chance of intense rainfall in the east of the peninsula and in Balearic Islands over the weekend.

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Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

Temperatures are set to rise dramatically across Italy this weekend as the country prepares for its first real heatwave of the year, meteorologists said on Friday.

Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

People across Italy are preparing to head to the beach this weekend with unseasonably hot weather predicted to last for several days.

The heatwave is caused by an anticyclone named  ‘Hannibal’ sweeping in from Tunisia and Algeria, bringing hot air currents across the Mediterranean and as far north as Denmark and Poland, reports news agency Ansa.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32-33°C in parts of the Italian north including Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, and Emilia Romagna, before the heatwave expands towards the centre and south of the country over the course of the weekend.

The weather is already 8°C above the seasonal average for this time of year, according to Antonio Sanò, founder of the Italian weather site, and temperatures could rise by as much as 10°C.

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In a typical year these kinds of highs wouldn’t be seen until July, Sanò said.

The incoming heatwave will be particularly humid as the anticyclone is carrying moisture from the Mediterranean sea, according to IlMeteo.

However, the relative cool of the Mediterranean basin at this time of year will contain the heat and keep the temperatures from rising into the high 30s, as would happen if the same type of weather event occurred in August.

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The heatwave will stretch over the weekend and continue into next week, peaking on Tuesday, according to weather reports.

Patchy thunderstorms typical of midsummer weather are anticipated in the Alps and the Po Valley, while the centre-south is set to experience hot and sunny conditions bar some isolated storms in the mountains of Abruzzo on Sunday.