Málaga and its surroundings are bracing for a stormy weekend with expected rainfall of up to 50 litres per square metre and strong gusts of wind on Friday and Saturday.
The rain front announced last week will affect major municipalities such as Benahavís, Benalmádena, Casares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, and Torremolinos. Meteorologists give it a predicted chance of 100%. Aemet has named the front that will enter Spain from the northwest on Thursday Karlotta.
📣Actualizado el #AvisoEspecialAEMET por:Viento, temporal marítimo y lluvia
Los frentes asociados a la #BorrascaKarlotta comenzarán a penetrar por el noroeste peninsular durante la próxima madrugada.
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According to the latest forecasts, this period of “persistent rainfall” will bring an average of “30 litres per square metre” across the entire province, with amounts of up to “50 litres” in the western part. This rainfall is caused by an active Atlantic front entering the region with significant cloud cover. During Saturday, the rainfall will decrease to “sporadic and scattered showers,” after which it will largely disappear from the map. However, where the rain persists, it is expected to be “in the form of storms.”
Warning for strong winds
The Spanish meteorological agency Aemet warns that the showers by the weekend will be accompanied by “strong gusts of wind.” This applies mainly “in the second half of Friday and on Saturday.” Since Tuesday, there has been a special weather warning in effect for rainfall, wind, and maritime storms in the Alborán Sea. This will also extend to the Mediterranean Sea with a likelihood of strong westerly winds. There is a high probability that orange or even red weather warnings will be issued for various adverse weather phenomena.
Temperature drop and recovery
The arrival of this front will also lead to a temperature drop of “3 to 4 degrees” from the “current 22 to 23 degrees.” However, once the rain clears on Saturday, temperatures will rise again.
Authorities advise remaining vigilant and taking precautions against the expected weather conditions. It is advisable to closely monitor the weather forecasts. Residents of the warned areas should prepare for potentially stormy weather, including a risk of flooding and traffic disruptions.