Heavy Storms Herald End Of Hottest Summer

Summer came to a crashing close last night as a powerful  storm swept the region bringing heavy rainfall and disruption throughout the capital.

Madrid´s Firefighters responded to 237 calls as streets turned to torrents and residents tried to deal fallen branches and flooded garages and basements.

The regions ASEM112 emergency agency activated the Civil Protection Plan ( INUNCAM) in order to take precautionary measures against further flooding.

In the municipality of Fuenlabrada, firefighters and police freed trapped drivers who were cought in the torrential rain that caused the main road to flood.

On the A3 motorway a municipal bus had to be abandoned due to the flooding while the Madrid metro line 9 was interupted due to the flooding in Arganda del Rey.

The Spanish Meteorological Office AEMET issued an Orange Alert for the region for today as further storms are expected throughout the day.

The Madrid authorities also closed all of the capital´s parks including the Retiro.

The abrupt end to the summer heat has hit most of the peninsula with heavy rainfall in much of central and north-eastern Spain.

This summer has seen unusually hot weather which brought temperatures in the Madrid region around 5 degrees higher than in previous years and two heatwaves that saw extended periods of temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s.

The outlook for the rest of the week is unsettled with showers and sunshine with temperatures in the high 20s.





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