The rain in Spain. File photograph. / EFE

Widespread rain forecast threatens to put damper on holiday weekend in Spain

The state weather agency, Aemet, is warning of generalised heavy rainfall due to the arrival of a cold front in Spain this Thursday

RAQUEL MERINO

Spain's state weather agency, Aemet, has warned of the probability of widespread rainfall across the whole of the mainland and the Balearic Islands as of Thursday, 28 October and continuing over the ‘bridge’ weekend, which includes the All Saints’ Day public holiday on Monday, 1 November.

Currently, a storm in the North Atlantic, with a system of very active fronts, is being partially blocked by an anticyclone in the Azores. But with the displacement of the anticyclone in the coming hours, Spain's Aemet forecasts that a very active cold front will penetrate the country from the afternoon of Thursday, 28 October, leaving widespread rain throughout the peninsula and the Balearic Islands in the following days.

But, at the moment, Aemet says it is difficult to specify the areas where the rains will be more intense.

Temperature drop

The cold front will not only bring rain, but strong gusts of wind are expected in mountain areas of the northern third of the mainland and a marked drop in temperatures in much of Spain, except in the eastern third and the Mediterranean areas.

This instability in the weather could begin to subside as of Tuesday, 2 November, although the rainfall will still continue in some areas of the mainland and the Balearic Islands, but not in a generalised way.