Sudden cold and very welcome rain for Spain this weekend

by Lorraine Williamson
rain this weekend

MADRID – After abnormal heat in April, a mass of cold air will cause a sharp drop in temperature. This will bring rain and storms in large parts of Spain this weekend. Even snow returns to the mountains of the peninsula from 1,500 metres. 

This is reported by the Spanish national weather agency Aemet. The cold air mass will move into the northeast of the peninsula on Friday. As a result, temperatures that day will be up to 10 degrees Celsius lower than normal for this time of year. 

The north of Galicia and the Cantabrian communities will experience rain in the early morning. And in the afternoon, the first showers and storms will begin to form in the Pyrenees, in the Iberian system and also in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community. “The storms will be very strong at some points,” warns the meteorologist José Luis Escudero in his blog ‘Tormentas y Rayos’. 

The temperature drop will be almost general on Friday. However, it is quite possible that even on this day it will be warmer than 30ºC in the interior of Andalucia and above 25º in much of the southern half of the peninsula. 

In the night from Friday to Saturday, according to MeteoSE, showers will even return for a few hours to the provinces of Almería, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and the south of Albacete. 

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Saturday coolest day of the week 

On Saturday, the instability will continue and will be the coolest day of the week, with rainfall that could spread to all Mediterranean regions except the south and west of Andalucia. Nowhere in the country does the mercury rise above 30ºC. 

In the interior of the southern half of the peninsula, the maximum will be around 20 or 27ºC, towards the northern half between 15 and 20ºC and in the Bay of Biscay between 16 and 18ºC in general. In the Mediterranean, it will be between 20 and 23ºC, while in the Canary Islands, it will be between 20 and 26ºC. 


Jorge Escudero predicts for Andalucia Saturday maximums that will fluctuate between 19 and 26 degrees and minimums on Sunday between 9 and 16 degrees. A lot lower than in the last half of April when summer temperatures prevailed. 

Meanwhile, in the Pyrenees, it could still snow during the day. Meteorologists expect several centimetres of snow. The snow line is at 1,600 metrws but creeps up to above 2,000 metres during the day. 

Sunday slightly warmer 

Temperatures will rise slightly on Sunday, but maximums will generally be 3 to 5º lower than normal for the season. 

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