Thu. Feb 20th, 2020

Cold drops like Gloria are more frequent due to climate change



The situations of cold droplets such as that caused by the ‘Gloria’ storm are repeated more and more regularly in the regions of the peninsular southeast, especially the Valencian Community and Murcia, due to climate warming.

This has warned Efe the president of the National Association of Spanish Geographers (AGE) and responsible for the Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante, Professor Jorge Olcina.

“The situations of cold drop are increasingly frequent in our latitudes,” he said in reference to the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia, “and this has to do with climate warming, which alters the atmospheric circulation in this area” .

Olcina has pointed out that ‘Gloria’ is “a very intense storm that will cause copious snowfall and a lot of wind in the north of the province of Alicante and south of Valencia”.

The storm of rain, snow, wind and waves of ‘Gloria’ has put the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands on red alert, while the orange warnings are distributed by about twenty provinces, according to data from the State Meteorological Agency ( Aemet)

Gloria sharpens between the end of Sunday and Monday morning, a period in which the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has warned that “cyclogenesis will be very fast”, with heavy rains, up to 40 centimeters of snow in some areas and winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour in the eastern peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

As a precaution and in anticipation of rain and strong winds this Sunday the international airport of Alicante-Elche has been closed, from 1 pm on Sunday until the same time on Monday, according to AENA, which will affect 190 scheduled flights.

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