Severe weather warnings activated across the south of Spain

Battling the elements.
Battling the elements. / EFE
  • There are yellow and amber alerts for heavy rain, strong wind gusts and rough sea conditions

A yellow weather warning has been activated for Malaga city, the Costa del Sol and inland areas of Malaga province at least until Wednesday, according to the predictions of Spain’s state meteorological agency (Aemet).

Heavy rain, strong gusts of wind and rough sea conditions are being forecast as a weather front sweeps east across the peninsula.

A total of 16 provinces will be on alert this Monday (8 February).

In the case of Malaga province, the city, Serranía de Ronda, Costa del Sol and Valle del Guadalhorce areas are on yellow alert due to gusts of wind from the west or southwest that could reach 70 kilometres per hour. The yellow weather warning is also extended to the entire Malaga coastline due to rough seas with waves of two or three metres.

The situation will continue on Tuesday, while on Wednesday only the Costa del Sol, the Guadalhorce Valley and the Axarquía will remain on a yellow warning for strong wind gusts.

Rainfall affected practically the entire province of Malaga on Monday morning, and was due to continue in the afternoon in the Serranía de Ronda. The rain is expected to persist, albeit with less intensity, on Tuesday, and will give way to cloudy skies on Wednesday.

In addition to the warnings in Malaga, the provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Granada, Jaén, Teruel, Balearic islands (Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera), Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Murcia, Alicante, Castellón and Valencia will also have a yellow warning for wind gusts, which will also cause rough seas in Cadiz, Granada, Almeria, Malaga, the Balearic islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera), A Coruña, Pontevedra, Murcia and Alicante.

In Almeria, the alert level will be amber - warning of a significant risk.