Christmas day alert of ten Spanish provinces in case of strong waves, heavy rain and fog

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State weather agency Aemet also released its first forecast for the week of December 27 to January 2, 2022.

Strong waves, heavy rainfall and fog will mark Christmas Day in several parts of Spain and the significant risk they will pose has forced the national meteorological agency, Aemet, to put ten Spanish provinces on alert on December 25.

The State Meteorological Agency has issued yellow weather warnings in Andalusia for heavy rain and heavy waves in Cadiz, as well as rough seas in Huelva. The coastal areas to the north of the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra will also be threatened due to the strong waves.

There is also a significant risk due to heavy rainfall in Cadiz, where up to 80mm of rain could fall over a 12-hour period, as well as in Ávila, Salamanca and Cáceres. In addition, Huesca, Zaragoza and Lleida are on alert for heavy fog. In general, the rain will be locally heavy or persistent in the west of the central system and the south of Andalusia, there will be a possible persistent fog in the low areas of the northeast and intervals of strong wind in the Strait of Gibraltar.

There won’t be a big change in the minimum and maximum temperatures.

New year forecast

Aemet also released its forecast for the week of December 27 to January 2, 2022, which will begin with strong westerly winds on Monday over the Galician and Cantabrian coasts, the Balearic Islands and the Alboran Sea. Rainfall is expected in Galicia, the Pyrenees, the Iberian system and the Andalusian mountains, with scattered precipitation likely in the rest of the mountain systems.

However, precipitation will gradually ease during the second half of Monday, except in Galicia and the Pyrenees where it is expected to continue until Tuesday, December 28. From Tuesday until the end of the week, a stable high pressure situation will develop and spread throughout the country. The sky will remain mostly clear, with some low clouds during the first hours of the day, with the appearance of fog probably on the southern and northern plateaus, where they will be more extensive and take longer to clear.

Daytime temperatures will increase from Wednesday and nighttime temperatures will tend to drop over the same period. Light frosts are expected in the Pyrenees. Light and calm winds are also forecast by Aemet.