AEMET Spanish state weather office has issued its first ‘special warning’ of 2015 due to rough weather approaching the country.
Wind, rain, snow and bad sea conditions are expected for the mainland and the Balearic Islands from this evening (Thursday 29) until Sunday.
The bad weather is due to an area of low pressure hovering over the North Sea with secondary centres over western and southern Europe. This will cause storms with high winds, waves, rain and snow across most of mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta, Melilla and coastal areas.
The Canary Islands are the only part of Spain expected to be unaffected.
The AEMET warns of strong or very strong winds almost all over the country with speeds of up to 110 kilometres per hour, and has issued orange alerts (important risk) in coastal areas of Cantabria this afternoon.
Early on Friday, wind is expected to reach between 90 and 100 kilometres per hour in the Pyrenees and the higher eastern areas of the country. Orange alerts have also been issued for these areas.
Regarding coastal areas, Galicia and Cantabria have orange alerts for coastal areas until at least Saturday with six to seven metre waves expected.
Coastal areas bordering the Alboran Sea also have orange warnings for high winds and waves.
Alerts have been issued for Murcia for Saturday, also for high wind and waves.
Heavy rain is expected in the northern part of the country, and 20-25cm of snowfall are forecast for Navarra, Huesca and Lerida.
Altitude where snow can be expected is as low as 600 metres in the north and 1,000 metres in the south on Saturday, but rain is expected to have eased up by then.