The AEMET puts almost all of Spain on alert for rain, wind, snow and avalanches

Snow, rain, strong gusts of wind and low temperatures will dominate the weather in the last days of February. Although an increase in temperatures is expected in the middle of the week, the month of March will bring cold and precipitation again, according to the forecast of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). This Tuesday, ten autonomous communities in the north and northeast of the peninsula and the islands are in Orange alert (significant risk) for the storm of snow, rain, wind, waves and avalanchess with impact one more day in almost all of Spain except Extremadura, a storm that will leave today gusts of 120 kilometers and waves of 10 meters.

The communities on orange alert are: Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra, Basque Country and Valencian Community. In yellow, with risk for certain activities, due to one or more of these inclemencies, they are Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, La Rioja and the autonomous city of Melilla.

In Aragon The Pyrenees of Huesca are in orange due to maximum gusts of 100 km/h with the probability of a blizzard, although at high altitudes 120 km/h may occasionally be reached. It will also snow in that area with accumulations of 15 cm in 24 hours above 1,000-1,200 meters, but occasionally 20 cm may accumulate in parts of western Iberia. There is also a risk of avalanches in Jacetania and Alto Gállegor, where the greatest snow accumulations are expected. Also It will snow in Teruel towns such as Albarracín and Jiloca, with thicknesses of 5 cm especially above 800-1,000 meters. Also in Teruel the gusts will be up to 90-100 km/h in areas such as Gúdar and Maestrazgo.

In Catalonia The orange alert has been activated in the Arán valley in Lleida due to snow of 20 cm above 1,000 meters in 24 hours and there is a risk of avalanches. In addition, maximum gusts of 100 km/h and wind from the north are expected in the Pyrenees of Girona and Lleida, with the probability of a blizzard. At high altitudes they can be reached punctually 120km/h. On the pre-coastal area of ​​Tarragona the gusts may reach 100 kilometers per hour and in Ampurdán (Girona) the wind will blow from the north and northwest at 60 to 80 km/h (force 8 to 9) and there will be waves of 4 to 5 meters. In the Valencian Community The orange warnings affect Castellón with gusts of between 90 and 100 km/h, according to Aemet predictions.

Cantabria is in orange due to snow accumulation in 24 hours of 15 cm from about 800 meters in the central area and valley of Villaverde, where it will also rain heavily. On the Cantabrian coast, winds of 62 to 74 km/h (force 8) are expected to decrease to 50 to 61 km/h (force 7) and waves of 5 to 8 meters. In Castile and León The orange notice is activated in the provinces of Burgos, León and Palencia on the slopes of the Cantabrian mountain range due to 20 cm of snow in 24 hours; accumulations will occur above 1,200 meters. Below they will be closer to 5 cm. A good part of the Castilian-Leonese community is also in yellow due to wind gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour.

He Navarrese Pyrenees has activated the orange alert for snow accumulation in 24 hours of 30 cm from about 1,100 meters, although the elevation will be about 800-900 meters, with risk of avalanches. Large areas of Navarra are also in yellow due to rain of 40 liters per square meter in twelve hours and snowfall of 2 centimeters. He Basque coast It is on orange alert due to rough seas, with winds of 62 to 74 km/h (force 8), occasionally 75 to 88 km/h (force 9) and waves of 6 to 7 meters. The Basque community is also under a yellow warning due to rain of 40 liters per square meter in 12 hours. In the Llanada of Alava, snowfall of 4 cm thick above 700 meters is expected in 24 hours, mainly in Campezo and the mountains of Alava, in addition to gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour.

Balearics The orange alert will be activated in the afternoon in Menorca due to winds of 60 to 70 km/h (force 8) and waves of 4 to 5 meters, although they may occasionally be 9 to 10 meters. In Canary Islands The orange alert affects the peaks of La Palma due to maximum gusts of 90 km/h. Intense trade winds are also expected to affect the El Paso area, although in general the strong wind will affect a large part of the community and also coastal phenomena.

The temperatures They will decrease in practically the entire country, except in the west of the peninsula, where the maximums will rise. In the Cantabrian region, the minimum temperatures will also increase with weak frosts in the mountains in the northern and southeastern half, as well as in nearby areas of the Northern Plateau and east of the Southern Plateau, and “moderate” in the Pyrenees, the Sierra de Gredos and the Sierra Nevada. , says Cayetano Torres, spokesperson for the AEMET. The minimum values ​​will be below zero in Teruel (-1ºC) and Ávila (-1ºC) and zero in Segovia and Palencia.

For the day of WednesdayIn the extreme north of the peninsula, cloudy skies and clearly less abundant rainfall are expected than in previous days, points out Torres, who specifies that they could rise to the Central and Iberian systems. In the Pyrenees they will subside and disperse in the rest, and there may be snow in the Pyrenees, with smaller accumulations than in previous days.

The snow levels will be very low in the Pyrenees, where it will climb from 500 to 700 meters and can reach 800-1,200 meters at the end. In the northwest, between 1,000 and 1,400 meters, it will rise to 2,000 meters. In the southwest – located around 1,100 meters – there will be an increase to 1,500 meters. In the rest (between 600, 700 and 800 meters) it is expected to rise to more than 1,500 meters.

In the Balearic Islands there will be “abundant cloudiness with showers” in the east of the archipelago, which may include Pitiusas and Girona. In the north of the Canary Islands, cloudy intervals are expected, without ruling out precipitation, and there will be little cloudiness in the rest of the country.

Maximum temperatures will tend “to increase in general”, except in the east of the Balearic Islands and the west of the Canary Islands, where they tend to decrease. The minimum temperatures will rise in the northwest and fall in the rest, with “weak frosts” in the mountains of the northern half and the southwest, spreading across the northern plateau, east of the southern plateau and areas of the southeast, while in the Pyrenees they will be “more intense.”

The wind, from the west and north in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, will blow intensely, although less than in previous days. There will be intervals of “strong gusts” in the Lower Ebro, Ampurdán, Balearic Islands and Melilla, without ruling out the mountains of the western third. In the Canary Islands the trade wind will blow with strong intervals.

Will this winter weather continue in March?

He rest of the weekAt the end of February and beginning of March, precipitation is expected in the Cantabrian Coast, Galicia and the Pyrenees. In the Canary Islands, probable weak rainfall is expected on the most prominent islands, without ruling out El Hierro and La Gomera.

Temperatures “will continue to increase in almost the entire country”markedly in the eastern interior of the peninsula and with probable frosts in the areas of the northern and southeastern mountain systems, without ruling out points of the Northern Plateau and east of the Southern Plateau, which will be more intense in the Pyrenean area .

North and west winds will predominate with possible strong intervals or very strong gusts in Ampurdán, Bajo Ebro and the Balearic Islands. In the Canary Islands, moderate trade winds will blow with strong intervals.

He Friday Precipitation is expected in Galicia, the Cantabrian Sea, the Western Pyrenees and nearby areas, which may include the rest of the northwest and northern thirds. In the Canary Islands there will be cloudy intervals in the north of the islands, with probable precipitation in the most prominent ones. Likewise, there will be a general drop in temperaturesincluding the Canary Islands, and frost will reach the northern half of the peninsula.