Weather in Spain: Cool and rainy in the North, very hot elsewhere

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On Monday, temperatures are set to rise significantly across Spain, with the mercury hitting above 30°C in more than half of the country. Following recent temperature drops and thunderstorms, this week will continue to be influenced by Atlantic fronts crossing the northernmost part of the peninsula.

These fronts bring rain and thunderstorms to some regions, resulting in cooler temperatures there, while other areas will experience increasing heat with temperatures soaring above 40°C.

Over 30 degrees

According to the forecasts by the Spanish meteorological service AEMET, maximum temperatures will rise across nearly all of Spain, particularly noticeable in the north of the peninsula. In areas such as the low-lying inland of Andalucia, the Ebro river basin, and the southern high plateau, temperatures will exceed 35°C. The cities of Córdoba and Toledo are expected to record the highest temperatures, reaching at least 36°C. Vitoria will be the coolest, with the lowest minimum temperature in the country at 9°C.

Monday will also see a temperature drop in the northwest due to a weak cold front. Maximum temperatures could locally drop by up to 6°C, with maximums in León, Zamora, and Lugo remaining below 28°C.

Rain and thunderstorms in the North

Most of the country is expected to experience stable weather with predominantly clear skies. However, the approach of an Atlantic front will bring clouds and rain to northwestern Galicia, possibly extending to other parts of the northwestern peninsula. Cloud cover may develop in the interior of the eastern third and around the Cantabrian region, with possible showers or occasional thunderstorms, particularly in the Pyrenees.

Clouds and fog in coastal areas

Morning low cloud cover is also expected in parts of the Cantabrian region, the Pyrenees, the Strait of Gibraltar, and extensive areas in the east and southeast of the peninsula. There may be light drizzle in the southern region of Valencia, with chances of mist or coastal fog along the southeastern coasts. In the Canary Islands, clouds are predicted in the north and clear skies in the south.

Extreme heat ahead

Tuesday is expected to bring similar conditions, with rain in Galicia and Asturias and possible thunderstorms in northern mountainous areas. Temperatures will drop in the northwest but rise in the rest of the country, exceeding 34°C in Mallorca and large parts of the south and northeast, and reaching between 36°C and 38°C in the Ebro and Guadalquivir river valleys in Andalucia.

From Wednesday onwards, the weather is likely to remain stable across the country. Light rain will be confined to the far north, with sunny and hot conditions elsewhere. Temperatures will continue to rise, making Wednesday and Thursday very warm days in many parts of Spain. By Thursday, temperatures could exceed 36°C to 38°C in the Balearic Islands, the northeast of the peninsula, the centre, and the south, reaching 38°C to 40°C in parts of the Ebro and Guadalquivir valleys.

Weekend outlook

For the upcoming weekend, AEMET forecasts a temperature drop in much of the country, although the east, south, and the Balearic Islands will still experience intense heat.

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