Updated: Storm Evelyn to bring rain and Saharan sand on Tuesday

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Storm Evelyn arrives in Spain Monday April 11th bringing cold, rain and strong winds as it makes its way across the country. To add to the fun AEMET has predicted Saharan dust on Tuesday April 12.

According to the State Meteorological Office (AEMET) Monday and Tuesday will see unsettled weather that should begin to clear up on Wednesday, just in time for the long weekend.

The Atlantic front is expected to result in cloudy skies across all of Spain and generalised rain, with heaviest falls expected in the most western areas of the country. In particular persistent rainfall can be expected in Rías Bajas and in western Castilla y León on Monday.  

Tuesday will see the heavier rain move into western Galicia, northern Aragón and Catalonia, the upper Ebro and the Iberian system.

The rain is expected to start to clear on Wednesday but the cloudy skies are expected to prevail with an anti-cyclone continuing to hover over the peninsula. Trade winds are expected to blow across the Canary Islands making for windy conditions.

Temperatures are expected to drop sharply from the weekend’s highs with some areas experiencing up to 28 degrees, however most this week will see temperatures drop back below 20 degrees.  

Some frost can also be expected in the Pyrenees and other high lying areas..

Strong winds are expected in the northern mountains and in the west of the country, moving up the coast into Levante as the week progresses.

Regarding the wind, the AEMET informs that they will start the week blowing from the south, with very strong gusts in the northern mountains, and with the west in the Strait. From Wednesday the winds will blow from the west and north in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands and will roll to Levante in the Strait.

Saharan sand

AEMET has said that saharan dust can be expected across the whole of the peninsula on Tuesday, which combioned with the rain, cold and wind from Storm Evelyn could make conditions unpleasant. The organisation has once again warned that ashtma sufferers and others with breathing difficulties should take care.

Storm Evelyn brings rain, but the drought is not over

Rubén del Campo, an AEMET spokesman, said that although the rain in March brought some relief the drought conditions in parts of the country have not ended. He added that the expectation is that the next few months will be wetter than normal although they cannot forecast that far in advance with any real certainty.

The later than usual cold is a concern for farmers as it can damage crops, much like the frost in France has the grapes. April 2 and 3 broke cold records, the coldest in Spain since 1971. In some areas such Daroca (Zaragoza), the temperatures fell to minus 5.7ºC, breaking the previous record of minus 5ºC measured in April 1935.

April 5th also saw Murcia and Córdoba set a record, with neither reaching a maximum 10 degrees temperature in April for the first time since records began.

With Spain expected to enjoy a bumper Easter holiday as the number of holiday makers returns to normal, Storm Evelyn is about to rain on their parade bringing cold, rain and strong winds.


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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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