Storm Irene arrives in Andalusia with yellow weather warnings from six provinces and the possibility of muddy rain
Tuesday 16 January 2024 at 14:48
People throughout Andalusia continue to look to the sky. The weather in the first quarter of the year is key to slowing the depletion of reservoirs and alleviating the serious drought experienced in the region. The thread of hope hangs on every weather forecast. On this occasion, Storm Irene is highlighted. This phenomenon, called the French Service (Météo-France), may lead to rain across the region from Tuesday until Saturday, when forecasts weaken.
“The provinces of Huelva, Seville, Cordoba and Cádiz will benefit the most, as more liters of rain will be collected,” José Luis Escudero, a weather expert in Malaga and head of the blog SUR Tormentas y Rayos (Storms and Lightning), said in his report. In addition, the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet) warned that “tomorrow’s rain may be occasional and accompanied by thunderstorms in areas of the western half of Andalusia.”
Currently, six Andalusian provinces will be on alert on Wednesday under a yellow warning (at the moment, Cordoba and Malaga are the only ones that have not been issued).
Today (Tuesday), the map of Almeria and Huelva will be marked with this color as an aperitif. A coastal phenomenon warning will begin at 4 p.m. Winds are expected to be westerly and southwesterly, with a speed of 50 to 60 km/h (Force 7). On the coast of Huelva, Emmett expected “the combined sea to rise from the southwest to 4 to 5 meters offshore.” Emmett expects the sky to be cloudy in the region today, tending to clouds, with rain starting in the afternoon, “although it is not excluded during the first half of the day with a weak and occasional nature, and may sometimes be accompanied by mud deposits (calima),” he said. On the Atlantic coast and the eastern regions, the winds are strong at the end of the day and sometimes very strong.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, starting at midnight on Tuesday, Cádiz, Huelva and Seville will be under weather warnings. In Grazalema (Cádiz), Emmett expects 60 mm of accumulated rain within 12 hours, occasional thunderstorms and even a small possibility of hail. On the coast of Huelva (until 6 p.m.) and in the Strait of Gibraltar area, maximum winds of 70 km/h can be recorded, with sea waves rising from the west to 4 meters in the far west. In the Seville countryside, the government agency expected accumulation of up to 15 millimeters per hour until 4 p.m., accompanied by “heavy rain, without excluding hail.”
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, three more provinces will activate a level yellow warning. These are Almeria, Granada and Jaén. Strong winds of up to 70 kilometers per hour are expected in all these areas, while Emet in Almeria also maintains a warning about coastal phenomena. The latter will also be the only one to retain the warning until Thursday, when it will be deactivated at 12.00 noon.
Forecast for Thursday and Friday
Thursday and Friday are also expected to be humid, but for a different climatic reason, which is the interaction of a subtropical air mass with a polar depression. “There will be very cloudy skies with rain, more frequent in the afternoon and in the western hemisphere, where it can be locally constant, and less likely on the Mediterranean side,” Emmett explained. The region’s government agency also said this week’s maximum and minimum temperatures “will be high for this time of year.” As for the night, “the temperature will not drop below 14 degrees on Tuesday night into Wednesday in Seville,” which, according to Emmett, is due to “the influence of the wind, which means that temperatures will not drop at night.”