Tue. Feb 18th, 2020

A trough will leave heavy rains and storms in the center, east and southeast

The dry summer that Spain lives has been interrupted by the passage of a trough that favors storms, and that will cause in the next hours heavy rains in the center, east and southeast peninsular and coastal phenomena in the Canary Islands, which will hinder the extinction of the fire on the island of Gran Canaria.

This has been explained to EFE by the spokesman of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), Rubén del Campo, who has indicated that the rainfall of the last hours in the peninsular east, have set a historical record since there are records (1859) in the city of Alicante where 86.8 liters per square meter have been collected.

Del Campo has said that the rainfall of the last hours is due to the formation of a trough, "which is a kind of tongue of cold air that is observed in high layers of the atmosphere, which favors the formation of storm clouds."

That trough, accompanied by the entry of wind from the Mediterranean, has brought humid air to the atmosphere in areas of the Valencian Community and Murcia that has favored the formation of clouds and the production of rains, which during the past morning have also left Other significant records.

This is the case of the Alicante towns of Pego, where 141 liters per square meter have been registered, and Rojales with 124 liters, as well as in Abanilla (Murcia), which without being significant has collected 16 liters per square meter, according to Del Campo .

This Wednesday is a "complicated" afternoon in the center and east of the Peninsula, where there will be showers and storms "that can be especially intense" in the south of Aragon, interior of the Valencian Community, east of Castilla-La Mancha, north of the Region of Murcia, east of Andalusia and in the Community of Madrid, with strong or very strong wind gusts.

The spokesman of the Aemet has explained that to activate the yellow or orange warnings it depends on each zone and on the frequency of the intense precipitations, but the yellow is activated from the accumulation of 15 liters per square meter and the orange at least by accumulation of 30 per liter per square meter in one hour.

They are different from those of accumulated rainfall that is referenced in twelve hours, and in that case 40 liters per square meter are needed in that period or 80 in twelve hours for orange. These thresholds are somewhat higher in the Mediterranean regions because they are more likely to receive more intense rainfall.

This Wednesday there are orange notices for showers and storms in the northeast of Castilla-La Mancha, south of Aragon, north of the Valencian Community, where you can exceed 30 liters per square meter in one hour.

In the south of Castile and Leon storms can be registered and exceed 15 liters per square meter, according to the spokesman.

Temperatures will register declines in the southeast, Balearic and Canary Islands and, on the contrary, will rise about four or five degrees in northern Spain compared to those of Tuesday.

In the Canary Islands, this Wednesday they are in warning for coastal phenomena, with trade winds that "will blow at 70 and 80 kilometers per hour", which will give way to rough sea and waves of 3 and 4 meters, especially in the most mountainous islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Gomera.

Although the temperatures have dropped in the Canary Islands on Wednesday, the risk of fires is still "very high", so "we must not lower our guard", and tomorrow will be "very high" because temperatures will rise.

The next dawn is expected in Tarragona (southern Catalonia), isolated storms, which may still be strong, according to Del Campo.

Tomorrow, in the rest of the country there will be a radical change, with very stable weather and rising temperatures throughout Spain, including the archipelagos, with especially high records in the Guadalquivir Valley where they can register up to 36 degrees.

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