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Cold snap bites harder across the country
THIS weekend's cold snap is back with a vengeance today (Monday) and is likely to continue for the next few days.
The State meteorological agency, AEMET, has placed 21 provinces on alert for snow, tidal surges and extremely cold weather.
Temperatures will drop across the country, and orange warnings have been issued for the provinces of Cuenca and Guadalajara (Castilla-La Mancha) and Ávila, Burgos, León, Palencia and Zamora (Castilla y León).
Yellow warnings have been released for the provinces of Girona (Catalunya), A Coruña (Galicia), Granada and Almería (both in Andalucía) for tidal surges, and the latter for high winds.
Snow alerts have been announced in the Castilla y León provinces of Ávila, Segovia, León, Burgos and Palencia; the Catalunya provinces of Tarragona and Lleida, and in the whole of the regions of Navarra, La Rioja, Asturias and the Basque Country, with Cantabria on special alert for snow and plummeting temperatures.
Localised heavy downpours are expected today and tomorrow in the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, and the coasts of Catalunya and the southern half of the Comunidad Valenciana.
Rain is less likely in the west of the mainland, on the south-east coast and in the Ebro Valley, and although it may occur in the Canary Islands, is forecast to be very light.
Snow is likely to fall at altitudes of 600 metres or more in the northern third of the mainland, dropping to as low as 300 metres above sea-level by later this afternoon.
Elsewhere on the mainland and in the Balearics, snow is forecast at altitudes of 900 metres or above, falling to 500 metres by the evening or 600 metres in Mallorca.
Cold weather will bring freezing temperatures in all non-coastal parts of the mainland, with everywhere except Andalucía suffering a general fall in temperatures.
High winds will mainly affect eastern Andalucía, including Alborán Island off the coast of Almería, the Canary Islands, mountainous areas of Girona, and the Ebro Valley.
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