The Atlantic storm
Alex hits a
large part of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands
with a storm of wind and sea accompanied by generalized rainfall, more intense in the north, and a thermal drop of six to nine degrees in more than half of the peninsular territory.
Alex, which opens the 2020-2021 high-impact storm season, began this Thursday afternoon to rapidly deepen through
a process of explosive cyclogenesis
and will be located for several days in the English Channel, although it is this Friday when, According to the predictions, the most adverse effects will be noticed in Spain.
This abrupt change in weather due to
the first great storm of autumn
will be felt in most of Spain with various phenomena, which have forced the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) to activate
warnings for rain, wind or bad seas throughout the Peninsula and Balearic Islands, as well as Melilla
In other words, the Canary Islands and Ceuta will be spared.
The prediction also points to western Andalusia and parts of Catalonia, Galicia and Extremadura as the places where these adverse effects are least likely to be noticed.
The most widespread phenomenon will be
, as very strong gusts are expected throughout the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands except for the southwest third and most of the Cantabrian and Pyrenean provinces.
"These gusts, first of the southwest component and later of the west and northwest, will exceed 80 km / h in a generalized way and
even 90 to 100 km / h
in points of Castilla y León, Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Eastern Andalusia, interior of the Valencian Community and, in general, in high points of the interior ", has pointed Rubén del Campo, spokesman of the AEMET.
The wind will give rise to a maritime storm throughout the peninsular and Balearic coast with the exception of the Andalusian Atlantic, as well as in Melilla.
There are orange warnings (important risk, the second on a scale of three levels) on the coasts of A Coruña, Lugo, Asturias, Cantabria, Vizcaya and Guipúzcoa for the combined sea from the northwest with
waves of five to six meters high
, and the coast from the Balearic Islands and from Almería by waves of four meters.
In addition, this Friday will be
a rainy day in large areas of the Peninsula and in the Balearic Islands
Rainfall will spread from west to east and is not expected to appear in Alicante, Almería, Huelva, Murcia, Seville and points in Extremadura.
Rain could be locally strong (at least 15 liters per square meter in one hour) and
persistent (40 liters per square meter in 12 hours) in Galicia,
the Cantabrian communities, northern Navarra and the surroundings of the Central System and the Sistema Iberian, especially on the north face of the mountainous areas.
On the other hand
will drop throughout the Peninsula and the fall will be noticeable in much of the southern half and in areas of the Northern Plateau.
Among the provincial capitals and autonomous cities, the greatest decreases will occur in Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Teruel (nine degrees less than this Thursday);
Albacete, Córdoba and Madrid (eight);
Granada, Huesca, Melilla, Tarragona, Toledo and Valencia (seven), and Jaén and Palencia (six).
The hottest capitals could be Alicante (31ºC), Murcia (30), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (28) and Malaga and Valencia (27).
On the other hand, it
will be colder in Burgos, León and Soria (14), and Ávila, Oviedo, Palencia and Segovia (15).
"As temperatures will drop significantly, the snow will make an appearance after the passage of the front from about 1,200 meters in the mountains of the northern half of the peninsula," explained Del Campo.
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