Arctic conditions set in until next week

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3 March 2005, MADRID-Spain was bracing itself for another cold snap with heavy snows and sub-zero temperatures set to last until next week.

3 March 2005

MADRID-Spain was bracing itself for another cold snap with heavy snows and sub-zero temperatures set to last until next week.

Eight regions were on alert, expecting a repetition of the polar temperatures which have caused major travel problems across the country already this week.

Forecasters predicted a repeat of the same weather in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Aragon, Catalonia and Castilla-La Mancha.

They also warned there will be heavy rainfalls in the Canary Islands, plus winds of up to 75kmph.

Ángel Rivera, head of the Spanish National Meteorological Institute, said there would be two new cold fronts passing over the Iberian Peninsula.

The first will last from Thursday to Friday night, the second between Sunday and Tuesday.

But Rivera said they would be less extreme than the cold snap experienced earlier this week.

From Tuesday next week, the weather was expected to warm up, Rivera added.

Meanwhile, heavy snow in Paris has caused delays to flights to Madrid and Barcelona.

In the past fifty years, Spain has only experienced such cold snaps in 1956 and 1971.

Even though temperatures have risen, problems have persisted with heavy snows in mountainous areas around Granada, in Andalucia, forcing dozens of motorists to sleep in their cars.

A group of mountaineers were still left stranded since Monday in a cabin in Capileira in the Alpujarras, south of Granada.

The fishing fleet in Cadiz have not left port since Monday because of the bad weather.

Eleven mountain roads remained shut in Los Tornos in Cantabria, Alicante, Almería, the Balearic Islands, Burgos, Castellón, Ciudad Real, Granada and Salamanca.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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