After the passage of the storm Filomena, Spain now faces to a cold wave with extraordinarily low temperatures, which will last until Thursday. The culprit is an Atlantic anticyclone, which as of this Monday penetrates the west of the Peninsula causing a very marked decrease in night temperatures, with widespread frosts in much of the interior of the peninsula, which will be strong in mountain areas and in large flat areas with snowy surfaces.
According to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the thermal decrease has already begun to be noticed this past dawn and the minimum temperatures will plummet below 10 degrees below zero in many areas of the interior, even reaching -15 ºC. Daytime temperatures, both this Monday and Tuesday, will not exceed 5 degrees positive “in much of the Peninsula”, while in mountain areas and even in flat areas of the central zone, they will remain negative throughout working day.
This Monday, the snow level will continue below 500 meters in the northern third of the Peninsula, and will range between 500 and 800 meters in the Mediterranean area. While, only in Cantabria the yellow level warning (risk) for snow will remain.
The Aemet, however, has activated notices of different types in more than thirty provinces. Thus, in orange warning (important risk) will be Huesca, Ávila, Segovia, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, Lleida and Madrid (for temperatures between -8ºC and -10ºC).
And in yellow level notice will be Almería, Granada, Jaén, Zaragoza, Teruel, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Soria, Zamora, Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Cáceres, Lugo, Ourense, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja and Valencia, for temperatures that will oscillate between -1ºC and -8ºC.
Starting at dawn on Wednesday, a rise in temperatures will begin, especially at night, which will affect half of the peninsula and mainly mountain areas. In any case, the frosts will continue in a generalized way in the interior of the peninsula.