SPAIN is bracing itself for torrential rain and storms today (Thursday) after the national Met Office extended and upgraded the areas on alert overnight (scroll down for full details).
Yesterday AEMET had already forecast two days of RED ALERTS as they say traditional holiday hot spots in Spain should expect a soaking as heavy rain, thunderstorms, wind and high coastal waters will lash many parts of the country.
But overnight the forecast was extended and now the Costa del Sol and parts of Andalucia have seen their warnings upped to ORANGE ALERTS.
Emergency plans have already been activated in the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community.
The autonomous communities of Andalucia, Valencia and Cataluña are expected to see the worst of the weather on Thursday morning but the rains will intensify in Cataluña, Aragon, the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands continuing through until Friday.
Forecasters have put maximum red alerts in place in the province of Castellon and Teruel and predict the rainfall could reach 180 litres in 12 hours.
High waves, up to four-metres, could be experienced in some coastal areas.
And temperatures are expected to plummet, particularly in Andalucia, where the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Jaen and Granada could see a 10C drop from one day to the next.
The weather should improve on the Costa del Sol on Friday with no warnings in place yet – although the Balearic Islands, Valencia Community, Aragon areas remain on alert through the day – before rapidly dispersing.
However, yellow storm warnings are expected back in Malaga, the Costa del Sol, Almeria and Murcia on Saturday.
— AEMET (@AEMET_Esp) October 18, 2018