Since last Sunday, the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands have been facing a cold wave caused by storm Juliette, which has caused a drop in temperatures and which this Tuesday left the coldest day of winter, the State Meteorological Agency has reported ( Aemet).
Luckily, Storm Juliette is going to start subsiding today, albeit very slowly. In the early hours of this Wednesday, the alert for cold, snow and storms is maintained in fourteen autonomous communities.
Thus, the low minimum temperatures of up to -10 degrees Celsius will put an orange warning in Lérida, Teruel, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Ávila, Segovia, Soria, Zamora, while the warning will be yellow in Orense, Asturias, Cantabria, the rest of the provinces from Castilla y León, Huesca, Zaragoza, Navarra, La Rioja, Córdoba, Huelva, Seville, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Gerona, Cáceres, Badajoz, Madrid, Murcia, Alicante and Valencia, where they can drop from -1 to -8ºC.
In addition, the warning for snowfall will be limited to Asturias, Cantabria, León, Palencia, Zamora, Navarra, Álava, Guipúzcoa, Vizcaya, where there will be a risk of accumulation of up to 5 centimeters of snow from 500 to 800 meters depending on the area.
This episode of low temperatures will begin to subside on Thursday, although the minimum temperatures will continue with values below normal, reports Aemet.
Thus, from Thursday a slow and progressive rise in temperatures will begin. However, the very cold environment will continue, with night frosts throughout the second half of the week in much of the interior. There will be between -4 and -5 degrees in areas of plateau and moors in the center, and about -10 degrees in mountain areas.
While for the week of March 6 to 12, values "clearly higher than usual, especially in the east of the peninsula" are expected, according to Aemet.
The meteorological spring, which begins this Wednesday, March 1 and covers the months of March, April and May, will be warmer than usual in Spain as a whole, while there is no clear trend regarding rainfall.
"Most likely, it will be warmer than normal in all of Spain, with a 50 to 60% probability of it happening, and even 60 to 70% in the peninsular Mediterranean and the Balearic Islands, compared to only a possibility of 10 to 20% that spring will be cold," said Rubén del Campo, spokesman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) on Tuesday.
This will be the case after a meteorological winter in which 2022 ended with the warmest December since 1961 in Spain, a January that had normal temperatures and a "very irregular" February, but finally it will end with thermal values "around the average or slightly below," according to Del Campo.
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