Coast of Catalonia hit by a heavy hail storm

by Lorraine Williamson

BARCELONA – After a long period of drought, the showers and hail are back in Catalonia. The predictions made earlier this week are correct, to the relief of many who had to watch their environment become increasingly drier. 

On Thursday, an intense hail storm hit Catalonia’s coastal and pre-coastal regions. This was particularly in the regions of Moianès, Bages and Berguedà late in the afternoon. Likewise, as the night wore on, things raged in the Maresme and La Selva regions. 

The Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya (Meteocat) has issued a warning of the danger of heavy rainfall of moderate level (1/6) from Thursday afternoon May 11 to Friday afternoon with the possibility of heavy rain showers of more than 20 mm in 30 minutes and locally associated with hail. 

On social media, several users shared how the rain and hail have affected their communities. Like @alexmurmoia did here on Twitter, TVE shares a video of a hail storm in Tarragona. @m_vloca writes “What a hail storm. I woke up at 6.00 am today……and driving through the Txorierri to Arrigorriaga, where I work, I couldn’t see the way down. Very good it’s raining, but the quantity for the whole of Spain is not needed here.” 

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Forecast for Friday 

The regions affected on Friday morning are those close to the coast of greater Barcelona, after which the storm will move to the eastern half of Catalonia and end in the regions of the coast of Tarragona overnight. 

Code orange and yellow 

Aemet issues code orange (important risk) due to intense rain showers on Friday for the Barcelona area. Code yellow applies to the rest of the Catalan coast and inland to the south and inland and the Pyrenees in Girona. The Basque and Cantabrian coast are also warned of rain and thunderstorms. 

Furthermore, the interior of the province of Valencia and the northern interior of the province of Alicante will receive a yellow warning for rain and thunderstorms. The islands of Mallorca and Menorca are also coded yellow because of the risk of rain and thunderstorms. 

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