Wet weekend predicted for southern Spain

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GIBRALTAR: Much of the rain is expected to fall in the strait.

TEMPERATURES in southern Spain are set to plunge over the next few days.

An isolated depression is expected to settle in the Atlantic off the coast of southern Spain, potentially bringing abundant rainfall to Cadiz and Malaga provinces.

The Strait of Gibraltar and Marbella area are likely to receive the most rain, although the extent of the downpour is proving tricky to predict according to state meteorological agency AEMET.

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What is certain is that an active front will move in around midday on Friday bringing rain to coastal areas until Sunday, with up to 40 litres per square metre falling in places.

February has so far seen unusually high average daytime temperatures of 20-22°C, three to five degrees above normal, but this should drop to 15-16°C from Thursday until the beginning of next week.

For now, high winds continue to batter much of the country, with yellow or orange alerts in place for 25 provinces, including a level one yellow warning in Malaga.

Conditions in the Balearics and northern Spain are somewhat more dramatic, with a level five orange alert issued for strong winds and high waves in Mallorca, and snow forecast in the Pyrenees, Cantabria, and the Basque Country.

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