Only Cantabria will continue with a snow warning as heavy rains will now affect the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and the Valencian Community
The snowstorm that has covered almost all of Spain in white will give way this Monday to a cold snap that will put more than thirty provinces on notice due to temperatures that could reach as low as -15ºC, according to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which issued a special notice on Sunday evening.
During the day, in the Cantabrian and upper Ebro, there is the possibility of weak and scattered rainfall, while in the Mediterranean area, occasional rainfall is expected, likely in the form of showers and locally intense storms in coastal areas of the Strait, Alboran and the Balearic Islands.
The islands of Mallorca and Menorca will be on yellow warning (risk) due to rains.
Across the rest of the Peninsula, cloudy intervals are expected, predominantly low clouds in the interior. And in the Canary Islands, the skies will be cloudy bringing with them weak rains in the north of the islands.
During Monday, the snow levels will continue below 500 metres in the northern third of the Peninsula, and will range between 500 and 800 metres in the Mediterranean area.
Only in Cantabria has been issued with a yellow level (risk) due to snow.
Maximum temperatures will tend to rise in the northwest and southern third of the peninsula, and will fall in the rest. They will be below 0ºC in the Central and Iberian systems and in the general area, and also in other areas of the northeast of the peninsula. And the minimums will fall, the decreases being notable in the Pyrenees and the south of the Iberian system. In the Canary Islands, hardly any changes are expected.
Across Spain they remain below their usual levels for this time of the year, with generalised frosts, more intense in the mountainous systems, the Southern Plateau and southern parts of the North Plateau, with temperatures that may range between -10ºC and – 15 ° C.
For this Monday, the AEMET has activated notices of different types in more than thirty provinces. There are orange warnings (important risk) in Huesca, Ávila, Segovia, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, Lleida and Madrid (for temperatures between -8ºC and -10ºC)
Yellow level warnings (risk) have been issued in Almería, Granada, Jaén, Zaragoza, Teruel, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Soria, Zamora, Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Cáceres, Lugo, Ourense, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja and Valencia, for temperatures that will oscillate between -1ºC and -8ºC.
Also on Monday there will be a predominance of winds from the north, with strong northeast intervals on the Galician coast, and from the northwest at the mouth of the Ebro, Ampurdán and the Balearic Islands, while the winds will be light in the interior south of the peninsula. In the Canary Islands, the winds will be from the north and northeast.
The wind will also cause heavy waves in the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and the Valencian Community. Mallorca will be on orange notice for waves, while Ibiza and Formentera, Menorca, Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Alicante, Castellón and Valencia will have yellow warnings.
COLD WAVE UNTIL THURSDAY
According to the special warning of the AEMET, the storm ‘Filomena’, which has lost intensity after its passage through the Peninsula, is already in the western Mediterranean, although showers and some storms will still occur in the Straits area in the next few hours, the Alboran and Mediterranean area.
However, from the northwest, the Atlantic anticyclone will spread over the Peninsula, stabilising the atmosphere, starting this Monday throughout the country.
With the arrival of the anticyclone there will be a sharp drop in night temperatures over the next few days, which will lead to a cold wave that will last until Thursday in Spain. With this cold wave, generalised frosts will occur in the interior of the peninsula, which will be strong in mountain areas and in large flat areas with snowy surfaces, especially affecting the central zone and areas of the interior of the eastern half, which is where the most important snowfalls have been recorded.
The lowest night temperatures are expected from Monday to Tuesday morning, with strong frosts in many areas of the interior, where temperatures will fall to below -8ºC. In mountain areas and flat areas with snowy surfaces, the minimum temperatures could be below -10ºC.
AEMET also highlights that daytime temperatures, both on Monday and Tuesday, even with a predominance of slightly cloudy or clear skies, will not exceed 5ºC in much of the Peninsula. In mountain areas, and even in flat areas of the central area, they will remain negative throughout the day.
Starting at dawn on Wednesday, a rise in temperatures will begin, especially at night, which will affect half of the peninsula and mainly mountain areas. But the frosts will continue in a generalised way in the interior of the peninsula, although not with the intensity of the first few days of the week.