The Basque Government Security Department will activate several yellow notices for persistent rain and snow below 1000 meters throughout this weekend, especially on Sunday.
According to the predictions of Euskalmet, the Basque Meteorological Agency, and the Spanish Meteorological Agency, Aemet, the rain, wind and cool temperatures will be the protagonists of the weekend.
Thus, the Saturday from 12:00 hours the yellow notice is scheduled to be declared due to persistent rainfall that will be in force until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday since in that interval more than 60 liters per square meter could be accumulated in 24 hours in points of the Cantabrian slope.
In the Llanada Alavesa, 30 liters per square meter could be reached in 24 hours and in the south of Álava the quantities will be lower.
The Saturday a yellow warning will also be activated for navigation from 6:00 p.m. by waves that can exceed 3.5 meters.
The situation will worsen on Sunday as the yellow warning for persistent rains another will be added throughout the day due to snow below 1000 meters. It is anticipated that the elevation could drop to 800-1000 meters and occasionally fall below especially in eastern Álava and in storm areas.
That day the sea will also be rough with waves that can reach five meters, so the activation of various yellow notices for navigation and wave impact on the coast especially coinciding with high tides at 04:46 hours and 17:14 hours on Sunday.
Due to the characteristics of the waves and the strong northwest wind, it is expected that splashes will be produced on promenades and boardwalks.
Forecast for the bridge
The Saturday it will rain again, the northwest wind will blow strongly and the rains will be more intense in the afternoon and at night, with locally strong showers on the Cantabrian slope and late-night storms. The northwesterly wind will blow strongly and will be unpleasant at many times. The maximum temperatures will not experience great changes and will be measured in the morning, but throughout the day it will cool down and the snow level will drop to 1000-1100 m at night on the Cantabrian slope and 800 m in Navarra.
Few changes for the Sunday. The skies will be very cloudy or overcast and it will rain, especially during the morning and on the Cantabrian slope, where the rains will be persistent and abundant, with the possibility of occasional storms with hail. In the southern half, the cloud cover will be less dense and the rainfall will be less intense, with longer clearings. The snow level will be around 800-1000 m in the northern part of the territory and around 600-700 m in Navarra, where the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has activated the yellow warning for snow, since 15 cm can accumulate in 24 hours above 800 m and 20 cm at elevations above 900-1000 m. The wind will blow from the moderate northwest on the coast and in mountain areas, with strong intervals in the Ribera and Pyrenees. Temperatures will drop, with a minimum of 2ºC inside and a maximum of 6ºC. On the coast, temperatures will hover between 7 and 10 ºC throughout the day.
Facing the holidays next week, the time will be variable. On Monday it will rain throughout the day and throughout the territory; Tuesday will clear in the first part of the day and temperatures will rise a bit, but the rain will return at dusk. It will also be rainy on Wednesday, and the thermometers will drop; Furthermore, storms are not ruled out on the Cantabrian slope in the last part of the day.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.