SPAIN’S national weather office (AEMET) has issued a raft of weather alerts for freezing temperatures and snowfall across the country this coming week.
It is believed the cold will spread throughout the peninsula by Thursday with most snowfall on Friday and Saturday.
Yellow weather warnings for freezing temperatures have been issued for the provinces Teruel, Zaragoza, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Burgos, León, Palencia, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, Madrid and Valencia.
AEMET say a mass of polar air is responsible and it could bring ‘abundant’ snowfall at low levels.
Alerts for snow have been activated in several provinces for including Huesca, Teruel, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Burgos, Soria, Girona and Lleida and in the communities of La Rioja, Asturias, Cantabria and Navarra.
Additionally, weather alerts for high waves have been issued for Mallorca, Menorca and Girona.
The much-needed rain is still not forecast to fall in most of Spain, although there is heavy cloud expected around the Strait of Gibraltar, with a slight chance of rain in western Andalusia and Extremadura. The skies will also be very overcast in Melilla, where there is also an outside chance of rain.
The rest of Spain will enjoy virtually cloudless skies, with the odd cloudy interval early on in the day in eastern Cantabria and over the Pyrenees.
The Balearic Islands will be cloudy and the Canaries cloudy with the chance of showers and isolated storms over the more western islands, especially in La Palma.
In the south east of the country, inland areas are likely to see mist and fog first thing in the morning.