STORM ALERT: Spain lashed by heavy and persistent rain

SPAIN’S state meteorological agency, AEMET, has issued several severe weather warnings and forecast ‘heavy’ and ‘persistent’ rain across much of the country – with up to 30mm of rain per hour falling some areas.

As if the political storms weren’t bad enough the Cataluña region is likely to take a battering from the weather too.

>> IN PICTURES: Andalucia hit by heavy rain, flooding and rockfalls

Last night (Tuesday) there were spectacular thunderstorms and lightning across much of the peninsular 

Today the Spanish Met Office is forecasting strong or persistent rainfall especially on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia, across the Pyrenees, Cataluña and the Balearic Islands.

There could also be heavy rainfall in the west of Galicia which will help the efforts to fully extinguish the weekend’s wild fires.

Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Navarra, Huesca and Lleida are also on alert for heavy rain.

Valencia will have rain too – especially in the afternoon.

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AEMET FORECAST – October 18, 2017 – showing the areas covered by yellow and orange severe weather warnings

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