Keep those hatches battened down, the worst is not yet over

DAY one of the current cold front that hit Spain yesterday (February 4) caused problems especially in northern Spain, where 220 people were rescued from their vehicles.

Guardia Civil and Army emergency forces worked overnight in Palencia and Leon to carry people to safety and clear roads following a day of plummeting temperatures and snow that saw villages isolated, roads blocked, power cuts and thousands of children kept home from school.

Today’s situation is similar, but the Aemet Spanish state weather office has warned that the front, the worst to hit the country for three years, is expected to worsen as of Friday with temperatures forecast to reach new lows over the weekend.

Alerts remain in place today for cold weather, snow, wind and waves.

Granada, Murcia and much of the mainland further north are on yellow alert for low temperatures today, while in Mallorca a yellow alert is also in place for snow.

Coastal areas of Alicante and Mallorca are also on alert, with waves of up to six metres expected.

Meanwhile yellow alerts have also been issued for strong winds in Almeria, Granada, Alicante, Valencia and Murcia, and in Malaga the alert increased to orange as winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour are expected.

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