Arctic cold front brings snow and heavy rain to much of Spain

Temperatures are set to plummet across much of central and northern Spain on Monday as an Arctic cold front drags in snow and rain storms which are expected to last for most of the week. 

Arctic cold front brings snow and heavy rain to much of Spain
Up to 20cm of snow is expected to fall in Castilla-La Mancha and Aragón during this cold front. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

It’s set to get markedly colder in the northern half of Spain as of Monday November 22nd as the first official cold front of this autumn hits the Iberian Peninsula.

Spain’s national weather agency AEMET has put the northern regions of Aragón and La Rioja on orange alert for heavy snow, with 20 cm expected to fall within 24 hours. 

But la nieve (snow in Spanish) is also expected in relatively low altitude areas in Madrid, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha. 

Percentage of snowfall probability on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET
Percentage of snowfall probability across Spain on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET

The Spanish regions on yellow alert for this polar front are Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia and Madrid. 

In addition, the Balearic Islands and the Valencia region are on alert for heavy rainfall. 

Probabability of storms across Spain on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET
Probability percentage of storms across Spain on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET

Persistent rain is also forecast throughout the week in Catalonia.

The polar weather event is expected to reach its peak on Tuesday. 

Temperatures forecast for 8am on Tuesday November 23rd. Map: AEMET

Spain’s Ministry of Transport has prepared 412 snowplows and 57,214 tonnes of antifreeze to combat the snowfall. 

Spain’s traffic authority the DGT has also asked for caution and responsible travel planning to avoid unnecessary risks.

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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.