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The meteorological spring brings the rain, the snow and the cold that did not come in winter

A very active frontal system and a very cold polar air mass will arrive on the Peninsula this Thursday and with it rains and snowfalls will arrive in a good part of the Peninsula. This is a “significant” weather change that comes after a January and February with little rainfallaccording to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).

Thus, the meteorological spring that began this Tuesday, March 1, arrives with winter weather from this Thursday when, the arrival of this meteorological situation in the north will add the formation of a storm in the Mediterranean in the afternoon and during the early hours of Friday off the coast of the peninsular southeast.

The AEMET spokesman, Rubén del Campo, explains that this Mediterranean storm will contribute to increasing instability in large areas of the eastern half of the peninsula, where there will be showers that can be strong and with storms as well as in points of the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees of Navarra and in areas of the extreme southeast of Castilla-La Mancha, in the south of the Community, Valenciana and the Region of Murcia.

In these areas, between Thursday and Sunday, even more than 50 liters per square meter could accumulate, while the areas “less favored” by the rain will be in the south of Catalonia and points in western Andalusia.

In addition, the AEMET forecasts that temperatures will drop from 6 to 9 degrees, which is known as a notable drop and the wind will blow with intensity so the spokesman confirms that it will go to a “fully winter” environment which will continue over the weekend, although on Saturday and Sunday the rainfall will lessen.

From this Wednesday night, the front will cause a “significant change in weather”, with the arrival of rains in Galicia, Asturias and the northwest of Castilla y León, while in the rest of the country the cloudiness will increase but they will continue without rain.

It will be this Thursday when the front will cover the entire territory from northwest to southeast and with it will carry the mass of polar air, coming not from the North Pole, but from high latitudes of the Atlantic and loaded with cold and humidity. They will start with Galicia and the Cantabrian communities where, according to the spokesman, they can be locally strong and persistent, and then they will travel throughout the interior of the peninsula. In points of the southeast, in addition, storms are also expected.

The communities with the least probability of precipitation will be Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. As the front penetrates, the snow level will fall until it reaches about 700 or 800 meters in the north and between 900 and 1,000 meters in the southern half at the end of the day. This means that it could snow in provincial capitals such as Ávila and Segovia.

What’s more, After the front passes, temperatures will drop to 6 or 8 degrees compared to Wednesdayalthough in cities like Almería, Granada or Gerona they will still continue with about 20 degrees Celsius.

On the other hand, he predicts that the storm that forms in the Mediterranean at the end of Thursday and early Friday will increase instability in the east of the Peninsula and in the Balearic archipelago on Friday, a day that will have “fully winter” weather.

That day, therefore, they expect covered skies with widespread rainfall in the south of Aragón, east of Castilla-La Mancha. Valencian Community, Region of Murcia, eastern half of Andalusia and the Balearic Islands. In the west of the Balearic Islands and in parts of the Valencian Community, rainfall will be persistent. Meanwhile, it will continue to rain in Galicia, the Cantabrian communities and the Pyrenees, and it may also do so in a weaker way in other points of the peninsular east, but at the end of the day they will stop.

The snow level on Friday will be between 700 and 900 meters and temperatures will drop again. That drop will be 8 or 10 degrees Celsius even in the south of Castilla-La Mancha, eastern Andalusia and the south of the Valencian Community and due to the intense wind that is expected, according to Del Campo, the feeling of cold will increase, while the frosts will return to a good part of the north and the center of the peninsula.

On Saturday it will still rain early in the day in the Balearic Islands, northern Catalonia, Cantabrian Sea and the Pyrenees and in the rest of the Peninsula the cloudiness will increase and some weak, scattered and occasional rain may fall. The snow level will continue unchanged, as will the maximum temperatures, while the minimum temperatures will drop again in much of the Peninsula, so there will be intense frosts in large areas of the north and interior of the eastern half. In León, Ávila or Segovia they can reach -5ºC.

Looking ahead to Sunday, the AEMET predicts that it will dawn “very cold” on the northern plateau, in the central moors and in mountain areas, but the minimum will rise “clearly” on the southern plateau. That day, skies with cloudy intervals and weak precipitation are expected in general in points of the Mediterranean area and the extreme north.

Regarding next week, Del Campo anticipates that it will start without rain on Monday except in the extreme north, but on Tuesday a flow of humid winds from the west may be established that will once again bring frontal systems to the Peninsula that will leave precipitation especially in the peninsular northwest quadrant, in the Pyrenees and in the Balearic Islands.

Temperatures will rise and from Wednesday the frosts will be restricted to mountain areas, while the maximum will recover 20ºC in the east and south of the peninsula.

Meanwhile, the Canary Islands will be left out of this winter situation since the trade wind regime will predominate there may leave light rains in the north of the more mountainous islands both this and next week.

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