Colder weather and rain or snow across much of Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
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Temperatures in Spain will drop on Sunday, with code yellow for coastal surges and wind in the north of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, according to the forecast by Spanish weather service AEMET. This will bring cold weather to much of Spain.

Minimum temperatures will drop almost everywhere in the country. Maximum temperatures will also fall in the Mediterranean and the north-east of the peninsula, and rise in the Cantabrian Sea and mountain areas, while little change is expected in the rest of the country.  

Code yellow for wind and wave action 

Winds are from the northwest and can be strong. Due to the wind, A Coruña, Lugo and Navarre will receive a yellow warning and Menorca, in the Balearic Islands, will receive a yellow warning for waves up to 3 metres. Due to coastal phenomena, A Coruña, Lugo, Pontevedra and Girona are also at risk, where northerly and north-westerly winds of 50 to 60 km/h (force 7) and waves of three to four metres are expected.  

These are the forecasts by autonomous region: 

Galicia 

An Atlantic front will cause heavy clouds in Galicia, which will spread from northwest to southeast and could bring precipitation in the second half of the day. Snow cover between 1,400-1,600 metres, rising above 1,800 metres in the afternoon, falling to 1,600 metres by the end of the day. Fog and some morning mist inland. Temperatures rising slightly on the coast and with little change in the rest. Light frost in mountain areas. Weak south and southwest winds, increasing to moderate, intermittent strong on the Atlantic coast. Very strong gusts in the afternoon on the coast and at high altitudes in the mountains.  

Asturias 

Alternately cloudy, with showers during the second half of the day. Minimum temperatures unchanged or falling slightly and maximum temperatures generally rising slightly. Light frost in mountain areas. Weak winds from the south, increasing to moderate in the afternoon, with very strong gusts in the Cordillera at the end of the day.  

Cantabria 

Cloudy with light showers. Snowfall around 1,200 metres rising to 1,600-1,800 metres. Minimum temperatures unchanged and maximum temperatures rising slightly. Light frost in mountain areas. Weak winds from the south increasing to moderate, with very strong gusts at high altitudes in the mountains. 

Basque Country 

Cloudy with light showers, especially in the western half. Minimum temperatures unchanged or falling slightly and maximum temperatures rising slightly in the south. Light frost in the south. Weak winds from the south, increasing to moderate in the northern half. 

Castilla y León 

Cloudy, with light precipitation. Snow cover from 1,200 to 1,600 metres. Chance of fog. Minimum temperatures unchanged or falling slightly and maximum temperatures rising slightly in the east and with little change in the rest of the region. Chance of frost, locally moderate in mountain areas. Weak winds, probably from the southwest.  

Navarre 

Day starts with low clouds. Minimum temperatures slightly falling; maximum temperatures rising in the north and unchanged in the south. Light frost, heavier in the Pyrenees. Light winds from the north and northwest, turning to variable in the morning. Very strong gusts on the Cantabrian slope and at high altitudes in the Pyrenees.  

La Rioja 

Cloudy and chance of showers. Snow between 1,000 to 1,400 metres. Minimum temperatures unchanged or falling slightly and maximum temperatures rising slightly. Light frost. Slight variable winds, trending southeast in the Ribera and southwest in the Sierra.  

Aragon 

Slightly cloudy, increasing during the afternoon. Chance of fog in the Ebro region and Iberian system. Weak precipitation in western Pyrenees, with snow heights between 1,110-1,200 metres. Falling minimum temperatures, rising maximum temperatures in the Pyrenees and Iberian system. Also falling temperatures in southern Huesca. Frost in the north and the Sistema Ibérico, locally heavy frosts in the Pyrenees. Light variable winds, mostly southerly in the afternoon, occasionally strong at high altitudes in the Pyrenees.  

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Catalonia 

Slightly cloudy with a chance of some rain and fog. Minimum temperatures will fall, maximum temperatures will rise in the Pyrenees. Frost inland in the northern half. Light variable winds, mostly southerly.  

Extremadura 

Alternately cloudy. Morning fog and mist not out of the question. Snow between 1,200 to 1,600 metres. Temperatures unchanged or falling slightly with some weak and scattered frosts in mountain areas. Light variable winds trending southwest. 

Madrid Community 

Increasing cloudiness during the morning. Minimum temperatures falling, especially in foggy areas, and maximum temperatures with small changes. Widespread light frost, locally heavier on Sierra peaks. Variable light winds, tending to light from midday, predominantly southerly.  

Castilla-La Mancha 

Little cloud cover initially, increasing later in the day. Fog expected in the Alcarria, La Mancha, eastern mountain ranges and Tagus and Guadiana valleys. Minimum temperatures will fall, more pronounced in areas with fog and maximum temperatures with slight changes. Light frosts that may be locally moderate on the peaks of the central and Iberian system. Variable weak winds. Strong gusts possible in high areas of the central and Iberian system. 

Valencian Community 

Morning fog inland. Minimum temperatures fall and maximum temperatures will be almost unchanged. Light to moderate frost inland. Weak variable winds.  

Murcia region 

Day starts slightly cloudy, more cloudy later in the day. Falling temperatures, with light frosts in the northwest and the Altiplano. Moderate northwest wind, becoming light and variable in the afternoon.  

Balearic Islands 

In Menorca and north and north-eastern Mallorca, cloudy with occasional scattered showers until midday. On the remaining islands partly cloudy with occasional showers in the early morning. Night temperatures will fall and daytime temperatures will be unchanged or slightly lower. Light or moderate north wind, turning southwest at night. 

Andalucia 

Cloudy and chance of fog along the Atlantic coast. Minimum temperatures unchanged in the western third and falling in the rest, with weak frosts in the eastern interior. Maximum temperatures rising in the Betic Mountains, little change in the rest. of the area. On the Mediterranean coast, moderate north or northwest winds, becoming easterly in the morning. Elsewhere light easterly winds, changing in the afternoon.  

Canary Islands 

Alternately cloudy. Minimum temperatures slightly falling and maximum temperatures with little change. Light easterly winds. 

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