The State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, has issued yellow and orange weather warnings for much of central Spain including the Madrid region this week.
Heavy snow has been falling in the Sierra of Madrid since New Year´s Day and more is set to follow in all central areas above 500 metres.
A yellow weather warning is in place from tomorow, 5th January with snow expected in the capital on 7th January.
There are three categories of weather warnings:
- Yellow: Be Aware – Severely bad weather with possible disruption of day-to-day activities.
- Amber: Be Prepared – Increased likelihood of severe weather with potential for interruption to power, disruption to communications and risk to life and property.
- Red: Take Action – Extremely bad weather is expected. Warning to take immediate action to keep safe. Widespread damage immenent, travel and power disruption as well as risk to life.
Temperatures in the capital are set to fall to a low of -4 degrees at night and 3 degrees during the day, whilst the Sierra is likely to see lower temperatures reaching – 6 degrees at night and 1 degree during the day.
The extreme weather is effecting 11 of Spain´s 17 autonomous communities and is expected to remain to worsen towards the end of the week with most of the Peninsula affected.