The Spanish Meteorological Office issued the first exceptional weather warning of the year ahead of the arrival of Storm Carlota

The Spanish Meteorological Office issued the first exceptional weather warning of the year ahead of the arrival of Storm Carlota

Wednesday 7 February 2024, at 14:44

The arrival of Carlota, a powerful Atlantic storm, will put an end to the stable weather in Spain in recent weeks with little rainfall, days of spring-like temperatures and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius in many places. The arrival of Carlota and associated fronts on the Spanish mainland forced the state meteorological agency (Aemet) to issue the first special warning of adverse phenomena this year. Very strong winds, stormy seas and heavy rains are what this high-impact disturbance brings, which will finally leave widespread rain in Spain over the next few days, with the exception of areas of the eastern Mediterranean. Rain is expected to fall in Andalusia and Catalonia, which are among the regions most affected by drought. It will be especially heavy on Friday in the southwestern quadrant of the mainland.

This bad weather will start on the Galician coast late on Wednesday (February 7) and continue until Saturday, with particular ferocity on Thursday, when, according to Emmett, up to fourteen areas will be under yellow or yellow alerts for wind, rain or Harsh conditions. Seas. They are Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla, León, La Rioja and Galicia (amber warnings), and Aragon, Catalonia, Extremadura, Navarre, the Basque Country, Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia and Murcia (yellow warnings).

The first effects of Carlota are expected to be felt late Wednesday along the Galician coast, with very strong winds, as well as the first rains.

On Thursday, February 8, rain will extend to the western half of the Spanish mainland and the western Pyrenees, although it is expected to be more intense in Galicia. Regarding winds, the most affected area on Thursday will be the northwestern quarter of the mainland with particularly strong gusts in the Cantabrian mountain range and in Galicia, where they could exceed 100 km/h, with a strong sea storm on the Galician coast. Very strong gusts are also expected in other mountain systems in the country, such as the Pyrenees, the Iberian system, the Central system and the Petique systems.

On Friday, the mainland and the Balearic Islands remain under the influence of Storm Carlota, which will cause widespread rainfall except in the eastern Mediterranean region. Heavy rain is expected in Andalusia and Galicia, with the possibility of snowfall in the Pyrenees.

The highest accumulations are again expected in Galicia, but also in the southwestern quarter of the Iberian Peninsula and in the Pyrenees. Rainfall will be weaker and less likely in the Cantabria region, the far northeast and southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

Winds in the northwest quarter of the mainland and the rest of the mountain systems will gradually lose intensity, although very strong gusts are likely during the first half of the day, especially in the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees. On the other hand, the winds will be active to the south, with very strong westerly gusts possible on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of Andalusia, as well as in Ceuta, with a coastal storm blowing on the Gulf of Cadiz, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea.

Emmett pointed out that on Saturday, February 10, atmospheric stability will gradually prevail, “and thus the conditions that led to this special warning will end.”

Snow in the Pyrenees

Overall, Saturday will be a transition day with winds playing the main role and widespread rain, although there will be a tendency for cultivated areas to gradually open and rain to subside by the end of the day over most parts of Spain. Main land.

Temperatures will drop sharply on Saturday, causing a significant drop in snow levels, which will range between 1,000-1,500 metres, with light snow falling in the main mountain ranges, with the highest accumulations expected in the Pyrenees.

For Sunday, according to spokesman Emet Cayetano Torres, a new front will arrive that will sweep across Spain from west to east and will bring heavy rains across the mainland “with the Mediterranean region being the least affected,” Torres said.

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