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By thinkSPAIN Team Fri, Nov 29, 2019
The change of month looks set to bring about a change of weather across the country, with more more unstable weather moving in on the back of an Atlantic weather front on Saturday, and a real wintry feel to the weather on Sunday, with temperatures dropping between six and eight degrees and rain spreading to many areas.
Rubén Del Campo, spokesman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), said the drop in temperatures would nevertheless be more "gentle" than expected, with the mercury only dipping below zero in mountainous or high, exposed areas.
Desite the fact that we're set to have weather that is "normal" for December, Del Campo said to expect "somewhat fresher" temperatures than those seen over the past few years, although he added that there was no suggestion of dangerous levels of rain- or snowfall.
On Saturday, the last day of November, the Atlantic weather front will bring rain to the north-eastern quarter of the country, which could be persistent and heavy particularly in Galicia, Cantabria, Navarra and northern Aragón, but more moderate in Castilla y León, Madrid and northern Extremadura.
Castilla-La Mancha will see only "light showers" and the Mediterranean area "barely a drop", added Del Campo, who also pointed out that the higher-than-normal temperatures there would continue, with highs over 22ºC on the east coast, up to 24-25ºC across inland Valencia, and close to 20ºC along the Canatbrian coast. The snowline will stay at around 1,200-1,400m.
On Sunday, once the weather front has made its way across the country, the wind will change direction and northerly gusts will bring rain to more exposed areas, like Galicia and Cantabria, although it's likely to be light everywhere except in the east.
"There won't be a great deal of rain, but it will be widespread, even reaching the Canary Islands", he added, so the mercury will drop considerably on Sunday in central and south-eastern areas, with the snowline at 1,200 metros.
Whereas Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucía will enjoy temperatures of between 20 and 22ºC, in Castilla y León the highs will barely make double figures, in Madrid they'll be between 10 and 12ºC and in Cantabria they'll drop quite suddenly from 20ºC to around 12 to 13ºC.
As Del Campo pointed out, these are "perfectly normal temperatures for the time of year", and they will continue to drop throughout the first half of next week thanks to the northerly winds, bringing mild frosts to exposed areas and mountainous regions like Teruel or Guadalajara.
From Monday onwards a front of very cold polar air "will push across the Mediterranean" bringing rain to the Balearic islands, the Cantabrian region, Alto Ebro and the Pyrenees, with heavy storms in the Balearic islands and in Melilla.
In Madrid, where the XXV UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) begins on Monday, the weather will be cold and wintry with cloudy skies, but little chance of rain.
The northerly winds could bring a light dusting of snow to the mountains north of Madrid, and highs of 11ºC and lows of around 3ºC or even colder around Ifema where the conference is being held.
On Tuesday, there will be little change in the weather across Spain: changeable in the Balearics, Melilla and Cantábrico and more stable everywhere else, with sunny skies but a nip in the air.
From Wednesday onwards, there's a chance of rain in some eastern areas followed by new weather fronts from the north east which will bring a slight increase in temperatures.
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