Spain on Storm Alert
January 23rd, 2013
The Meteorological Agency (Aemet) yesterday issued storm warnings for snow and wind which will affect all regions of Spain over the next few days, particularly Galicia, the Cantabrian coast and the centre of the country, which they have put on red or orange alert for snow or strong winds.
Galicia is on red alert (extreme risk) for coastal phenomena in A Coruña and Pontevedra, with force 8/9 west to northwest winds and rough seas with waves around 7 metres, and Lugo and Ourense are on orange alert (significant risk) for up to 20 centimetres of snow.
Madrid is on orange alert for snow in the metropolitan area, and also on orange alert are Cantabria, Asturias and the Basque Country, for strong winds, rough seas and snow.
The provinces of Almería, Granada, Jaén and Málaga, are all on yellow alert (risk) for snow, and Huesca and Catalonia also have a yellow warning for temperatures as low as -6ºC and -7ºC in the Huesca and Lleida Pyrenees respectively.
The Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Murcia, Valencia and Melilla are all on yellow alert for winds or coastal phenomena, while Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León are on yellow alert for snow or wind, and Navarra, Extremadura and La Rioja are also on yellow alert for snow.
Aemet warns that with the red alert the weather risk is extreme, with unusual weather phenomena of exceptional intensity and with a high level of risk to the population, and the orange weather alert indicates that a significant risk exists and unusual weather phenomena with some degree of danger to normal activities.
El Mundo reported that the Agency expects a mass of cold air from the northwest to leave snow on the mainland, at between 500 and 900 metres and produce a clear drop in temperatures.
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