An Atlantic front will enter from the northwest this Friday and will condition the weather in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands this weekend, at the start of the Easter holidays, and yet another front will leave rain on Monday and Tuesday for give way from Wednesday to atmospheric stability and a rise in temperaturesaccording to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).
The AEMET spokesman, Rubén del Campo, explained that these frontal systems are associated with the storm Evelynwhich has been named by the Portuguese meteorological service, and which will leave rain in much of Spain between Monday and Tuesday.
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Before that, this weekend, coinciding with the operation due to the Easter holidaysforecasts cloudy skies or precipitation in Galicia and Cantabrian Sea, locally persistent in western Galicia, as well as, weaker, in other areas of the northwestern peninsular third and the Pyrenees, with snow levels above 1,200/1,400 meters.
As of the second half of Saturday, the cloudiness will tend to decrease and there will generally be slightly cloudy skies. Again during the Sunday afternoon will tend to increase the cloudiness and the rainfall will return to the surroundings of Galicia and the most abundant are expected in the Rías Bajas at the end of the day.
An Atlantic front will leave rain from Monday
Next week, from April 11 to 17, it will start with an active Atlantic front that will affect the Peninsula from west to east and will leave cloudy skies and almost generalized rainfall.
The rains will be more intense from Monday in areas of the western peninsular third and they may be locally persistent around the Rías Bajas, western Castilla y León and the Central system, and on Tuesday in western Galicia, northern Aragón and Catalonia, the upper Ebro and the Iberian system.
As of Wednesday, it is expected that the precipitations are subsiding in intensity and extension and on Thursday a period of stability will begin in which an anticyclonic situation and slightly cloudy skies or with high clouds will prevail. In the Canary Islands, the trade winds will prevail and there may be rains in the north of the mountainous islands, somewhat more likely on Monday.
As for temperatures, at the beginning of the week they will experience a sharp drop on the Atlantic side, although in the Mediterranean there will be ascents and as of Wednesday they will tend to rise in a generalized way, thus favoring tourism towards the end of these Easter holidays.
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.
The rains do not reverse the drought and cold records are recorded in April
The AEMET spokesman, Rubén del Campo, explained that the rains in March and the first week of April have alleviated but have not reversed the situation of meteorological drought at the end of winter.
Del Campo admits that he cannot say at the moment if it will rain more or less than normal in April because the uncertainty in the forecast is great in spring. However, he has anticipated that in the quarter of April, May and June it seems that the most likely scenario is that of below-normal rainfall in much of the western half of the Peninsula and no clear trend is observed for the Mediterranean slope.
On the other hand, he has indicated that the brief cold episode at the beginning of April is not unknown but on the contrary is feared by the farmers for the damage it can cause to their crops, but in this case he affirms that it has been a very intense and even extraordinary entry of cold air.
Specifically, the days April 2 and 3 broke cold records, and the lowest temperatures were recorded on these dates in Spain since 1971. “They broke the record that had been in force practically since the beginning of the historical series, specifically since 1952,” according to the spokesman.
Del Campo pointed out that this week numerous stations in the main AEMET network fought record low temperatures for aprilsuch as in Daroca (Zaragoza), which has data for more than a hundred years and on April 4 it reached -5.7ºC, which exceeds the -5ºC measured in April 1935. “It breaks a record of 87 years old,” he adds.
In the central hours of the day it was also very cold for april, such as on Tuesday, April 5, which was the first time that Murcia or Córdoba did not reach a maximum temperature of 10ºC. In Murcia the maximum remained at 9.9 ºC and at 9.2ºC in the case of Córdoba. “Very significant records, in a series that are around forty years old”, she has assessed.
Finally, it has compared this cold episode at the beginning of April with the maximum temperatures that will be reached this Sunday, April 10, where the city of Córdoba can reach 28ºCthat is, 20ºC more than those registered on Tuesday, April 5.
Thus, he foresees that next week will begin with a fresh atmosphere due to the passage of frontal systems through the storm Evelyn will probably end with a warm atmosphere and maximum temperatures above 23ºC at 25ºC in many parts of the Peninsula, especially in the southern half.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.