Storms Deposit More Than 50 l/m² Of Rain In 30 Minutes In Valencia And Castellón Provinces

Image of people walking in the rain in Spain.

Image of people walking in the rain in Spain. Credit: Lux Blue/

AS predicted by AEMET, the Spanish Meteorological Agency, heavy rain and storms hit parts of the Valencian Community this Saturday, August 26.

After an intense week of suffocating heat, the weather suddenly transformed and deposited more than 50l/m² in parts of Valencia and Castellón provinces in just 30 minutes.

AEMET reported storms affecting three provinces with the most intense downpours occurring in the north of Castellón, where the rain was accompanied by electrical equipment and hail.

A strong storm was also reported in the vicinity of Valencia airport while the one that hit Safor municipality has already reportedly moved out to sea.

Rain and hail with a probability of between 40 and 70 per cent were forecast for the north coast and interior of Valencia today. AEMET predicted downpours accumulating a possible 20 mm/hour in Castellón, where there was also a probability of very strong winds throughout the coast and interior south.

Today’s highest values ​​have been located in Vallibona, where 58.8 l/m2 fell. Rosell saw 45.0 l/m2, Morella received 36.3 l/m2, Vilafranca with 25.4, Fredes recorded 21.8, Castellfort 18.9, Catí 17.8, Traiguera(17.4, Estubeny 12.0, Moixent 8.4, and Xàtiva with 7.0.

Although the most intense storms and rainfall were recorded in the interior of the province of Castellón, specifically in the Els Ports region, large hail storms were also recorded in areas of the Vall d’Albaida.

After affecting this region of Valencia province, the storms continued towards Safor, where they unloaded hail in towns including Gandia.

An orange weather alert was issued today by the Generalitat’s Emergency Coordination Centre due to the expectation of rain and storms on the southern coast and the interior of Castellón province. In addition, it established the orange warning for strong gusts of wind in the northern interior of this same province.

AEMET’s forecast included the probability of locally strong or very strong showers and storms that may be accompanied by gusts of wind and hail, which were less likely to be as intense in the south of Alicante.

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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he 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


    • Barbara

      27 August 2023 • 17:58

      Cruise ship broke its moorings during storm and crashed into the Palma terminal.

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