Heavy rain and thunderstorms expected in parts of Spain this weekend

by Lorraine Williamson
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September is usually a rainy month in Spain. The State Meteorological Office (AEMET) has already warned that “it will rain in almost all parts of the country for the rest of the week”. The rain will be heavy in the Mediterranean, other parts of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands.  

Code yellow and orange were already placed in nine autonomous communities on Thursday. This applied to regions in Andalucia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Extremadura, the Madrid region and Valencia, where rain was expected. Hail was even forecast in the provinces of Girona, Barcelona, Castellon, Valencia, Alicante, Ciudad Real and Badajoz.  

Forecast for Friday  

A front will form over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, leading rain and thunderstorms across most of the country, with a chance of heavy showers locally. Temperatures will fall, according to AEMET spokesman Rubén del Campo.  

In the Mediterranean region, rain will fall from early morning and this precipitation will be locally heavy and persistent. This is especially in Valencia, Alicante, on the Catalan coast and in parts of the Balearic Islands. Heavy rainfall is also expected in the interior of the peninsula, although somewhat less intense than in the Mediterranean. Locally, hail may fall in central and southern Spain. 

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Forecast for Saturday and Sunday  

Rain will continue to fall in large parts of Spain on Saturday and Sunday, especially in the north and west of the peninsula. Saturday will also see rain inland.  

This weekend’s rain could be locally heavy and prolonged in the northwest, around the central system and the Pyrenees. However, the intensity will diminish as the precipitation moves further southeast. With that, rain seems unlikely in the southeastern regions of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. 

Differences in temperature 

Over the weekend, temperatures will drop significantly in the western half of the peninsula compared to previous days. This is also due to the arrival of cold winds from the Atlantic. In western Spain, it will be chilly for the time of year. On the contrary, in parts of the Cantabrian Sea, the eastern part of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, it will be warm. The provinces of Badajoz, Cáceres, Salamanca, Madrid, Huelva and Seville will register maxima between 20 and 25 degrees during these days. In Bilbao, Lleida, Girona, Murcia and Almería, thermometers are expected to read above 30 degrees. 

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