He first winter episode of rain and snow of 2024 comes to an end this Thursday with cold, heavy and/or persistent rains in the east of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands andsignificant snowfall in mountains in the extreme north and lower surrounding areas of the Catalan region, while the sun will make its way in many places in Spain. Starting tomorrow, Friday, stability will increase and temperatures will rise across the board, although in some areas you will still need to take out your umbrella.
This Thursday a total of eight provinces in the east and interior of the Peninsula activate warnings for rain, coastal phenomena, snow and minimum temperatures of up to 6 degrees below zero, according to the prediction of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). Specifically, in Mallorca and Menorca, there is a risk of rain and waves, while in Ávila, León, Segovia and Zamora, alerts will be activated due to minimum temperatures that could reach -6ºC. On the other hand, in Gerona there will be a risk of snowfall and in Barcelona, Gerona and Tarragona there is also a warning for coastal phenomena.
The unstable day will continue to be marked by a DANA located on the northeast of the peninsula and a Mediterranean low that will leave a predominance of cloudy or overcast skies in the extreme north and eastern half of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. Therefore, they are expected precipitations in the Cantabrian and northern Iberian Peninsula, the eastern third of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands and, with less probability, in the Central system. In general, they will tend to subside at the end of the day, except in the east of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, where they will be more intense.
As to Snowfall is expected to be significant in the mountains of the extreme north. In the rest of the Peninsula, intervals of low morning clouds will predominate, generally remaining slightly cloudy, except in the extreme southeast and Alborán. The snow level will be 500/900 meters, rising to 900/1400 in Catalonia and northern Aragon, 500/800 in western Cantabria, 400/600 m in eastern Cantabria and northern Iberia and 600/1200 m in Iberia. south.
Maximum temperatures will increase in the Canary Islands and decrease in the northern half of the peninsula and The minimum temperatures will decrease in a large part of the Peninsula, so the frosts will gain extension and intensitycovering a good part of the peninsular interior except the southwest and the pre-coastal areas, and will be locally strong in the Pyrenees and peaks of the northern half.
Facing the Friday, a temporary stabilization is expected in the peninsula and the Balearic Islands with a predominance of slightly cloudy skies. In the Balearic Islands, area of the eastern Strait of Andalusia, there will be cloudiness and the possibility of morning showers, tending to subside and become clear. Maximum temperatures will increase throughout the territory, with a notable increase in the northeastern mountains although with decreases in the extreme southeast. The frosts will gain extension, covering much of the interior of the peninsula except for the extreme southwest and pre-coastal areas, being locally strong in the mountains of the northern half.
He Saturday a Deep storm off the Portuguese coast will affect areas of the west and Galicialeaving very cloudy skies in these areas, with weak and scattered rainfall, stronger and more persistent in Galician territory, which will extend to the western regions of the Cantabrian Sea on Sunday. On the other hand, meteorological models point to the possibility that next week will be “significantly warmer than normal throughout the national territory”, and wetter than usual in the peninsula, western islands and the Canary Islands.
The week of the 22nd, temperatures will remain higher than normal throughout the territory and rainfall will be more abundant in the northwestern third of the peninsula, according to climatological models. Something more in the long term, the initial forecast for February is that it will also be a month warmer than normal and practically conventional in terms of precipitationalthough with a slight probability that it will be somewhat rainier in the northwest, and drier to the east of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands.