This weekend the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands are under the influence of Storm Karlotta, with cloudy or cloudy skies and widespread rain. The largest accumulations will occur this Friday, especially in the west of Galicia and the central system, the Pyrenees and Andalusia, accompanied by a storm, according to the forecast of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
On Saturday the rains will be less abundant and frequent in general, which will slow down in the west and continue on Sunday in the Cantabrian Sea and the Pyrenees, when a new front will bring rain to the Atlantic slope, abundant in southwest third. Snowfall is expected in the mountain systems, not excluding the surrounding areas, at a level below 700/1000 meters.
Temperatures will drop sharply, with frosts intensifying in mountainous areas and in the east of the two plains. Strong winds will blow from the west, strong along the coast and with very strong gusts that will also affect large areas of land, especially in the mountains and the Levant.
The waves will get worse on Saturday, especially in the second half of the day. AEMET maintains an orange warning along the entire Cantabrian and Galician coast due to waves of 7 meters.
11 communities are on alert
Currently, this Friday the passage of an active Atlantic front associated with Karlotta continues with warnings for rain, wind or strong seas in the 11 autonomous communities, Ceuta and Melilla. The Galician coast, the Andalusian coast and a good part of the Mediterranean coast are on yellow alert due to sea storms and waves of 5 meters, as well as the central and southwestern peninsula due to winds of 90 kilometers per hour and rainfall of 15 liters per square meter.
Andalusia, which is currently in orange risk (important), the level will drop to yellow (with risk for some activities) starting at 9 am, due to a warning of rain in almost the entire community, which can accumulate up to 15 liters per square meter in one hour and 40 liters in twelve hours. The highest gusts in the region are between 70 and 90 kilometers per hour and affect a good part of it, with coastal events and waves of up to 5 meters in places like Cádiz.
The bad weather due to the storm also prevents one or more points of the following communities on yellow alert due to rain, wind and/or stormy weather: Aragón, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia and Valencian Community. In the same way, the autonomous cities of Ceuta, in orange, and Melilla, in yellow, and in the late afternoon Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha) are also due to a maximum gust of 70 kilometers per hour.
In Aragon, in the Pyrenees of Huesca, the rains will accumulate 40 liters in twelve hours and in the Balearic Islands the maximum gust will be 70 kilometers per hour and there will also be events on the coast of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, which there are waves of 3 meters. In Castilla y León, the provinces of Ávila and Salamanca were yellow due to rain of 40 liters per square meter in twelve hours.
In Catalonia, Ampurdán in Girona is on alert due to storms at sea, as well as the coast of Alicante, in the Valencian Community. The provinces of Cáceres and Badajoz (Extremadura) are under a rain warning with accumulations in most of the region of 15 liters per square meter in an hour.
In Galicia, it rains up to 40 liters per square meter in twelve hours in Pontevedra, where there is also a sea storm, like A Coruña, with waves that reach 5 meters. In Murcia, gusts of 70 kilometers per hour and sea storms are expected, while in the Canary Islands the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife will register gusts of between 70 and 80 kilometers.
Temperatures will drop in the eastern half of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. It will be warmer in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (26 degrees), and Valencia (21), and less in León (10) and Ávila, Burgos, Huesca, Lugo, Palencia and Segovia (11).
Snow levels on the Peninsula will be around 2,000 meters at first, dropping to 1,200/1,400 meters in the northwest, and 1,500/1,800 meters elsewhere.
Will the storm continue next week?
During the week of February 12 to 18, instability is expected to continue intermittently in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, initially with rain that affects a good part of the territory, weak in general and not perhaps in the eastern Mediterranean area. It will later affect the northwestern third and become abundant in Galicia.
After a likely lull on Wednesday, rain will return on Thursday with the approach of storms in the Atlantic, although there is higher uncertainty and more possible scenarios. On Thursday, rain will be possible in the northwestern third and, starting Friday, in the northern third, which will not prevent the rest of the areas.
Temperatures will rise in the first half of the week, with a decrease in the second. Colds are limited to the Pyrenees and, in a diffused way, to other mountain systems.