Spain braces itself for coldest weather in 20 years

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2005, MADRID-Spain was preparing for the coldest weather in 20 years with drivers only advised to take to the road on essential journeys.

24 January 2005

MADRID-Spain was preparing for the coldest weather in 20 years with drivers only advised to take to the road on essential journeys.

Temperatures were expected to plummet from Monday to below freezing  with heavy snow forecast in Cantabria in the north, the Pyrenees in western Spain and the Balearic Islands.

A polar front across western Europe will bring a cold snap for most of this week.

The Spanish government and the traffic authorities said from Monday to Friday temperatures will dip below freezing in many parts of the country.

The west and Balearic Islands will experience the worst of the freezing weather.

Strong intensive winds will sweep across many parts of Spain.

The worst of the weather is forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures expected to hit 15C degrees below zero.

Icy weather will also affect the coastal areas with heavy snowfalls expected in Cantabria in northern Spain and the Balearic Islands.

Even the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa, will experience a dip in the normally warm winter weather.

Spain's General Traffic Authority advised drivers only to make essential journeys as icy roads will be dangerous.

Commuters were advised to check their vehicles before setting off, take a mobile phone in case they were stuck or had a crash or where possible, to use public transport.

If people were stuck, they should stay in their cars and keep the heating on.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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