AEMET, Spain’s weather agency, has placed Malaga on yellow alert as storm Bella sweeps through the region bringing with it very gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and extremely poor sea conditions.
The alert runs from Manilva through to Nerja and will remain in place until 18:00 today. In some areas such as adra and El Ejidro winds are expected to exceed 60 km/h as the wind blows through the eastern part of the Andalucian community and clouds bring rainfall.
Snow levels are also expected to fall to between 1000m and 1200m above sea level. Furthermore, AEMET predicts:
“Cloudy or overcast skies with widespread rainfall, unlikely on the coast. They will be generally weaker, more intense and persistent in the mountains. The snow level will drop to 1000-1200 meters at the end of the day. The skies will tend to cloudy intervals and to remit the rainfall in the afternoon, except in the mountains where it will remain cloudy with some rainfall. Minimum temperatures on the rise, which will be reached at the end of the day, with weak frosts in inland areas; maximum in descent in the interior and in ascent in the coast. Winds from the west, strong with very strong gusts on the coast and high areas.”
A state of red alert has also been put in place for the coast of Galicia and the Cantabrian sea where waves are expected to exceed 10m in some areas.