Storm Oscar hits Spain bringing rain and strong winds for almost a week
The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) have announced the arrival of Storm Oscar, an Atlantic front that is hitting the country from the west. “The storm will move to the north on Tuesday staying in the west of the mainland for several days, probably until the weekend”, they said yesterday (Monday).
However, they pointed out that its effects on the mainland and the Balearic Islands will be ‘more limited’ than in the Canary Islands which are much closer to the ‘eye of the storm’.
Oscar will be characterised by widespread rains starting on Wednesday (June 7th), with meteorologists claiming this is an unusual weather pattern for the time of year.
Today, Tuesday 6th June, one of the low-pressure centres in the Atlantic will deepen rapidly to the east of the Azores, giving rise to Óscar, and this will happen over ‘subtropical’ waters, which are also hotter than normal, according to AEMET.
Meteored predicts that the storm will direct ‘an atmospheric river’ towards the Canary Islands, which means that: “the rains associated with the frontal systems could be locally very intense in the western islands”.
In the rest of the mainland, storms will develop in the northeast, while temperatures will generally rise across the board.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 7th June, the situation will change. In the Peninsula, the rains will get spread, and in general, they will be weak or locally moderate, without ruling out that they may occasionally be somewhat intense.
The most rain will occur in Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, and even Asturias. The risk is lower towards the Mediterranean, although rain is not ruled out, according to Eltiempo.es.
There will also be strong gusts of wind this week from the south and southwest which will affect many areas in the west of the country from Tuesday, as Oscar moves closer to the coast of Portugal and Galicia.
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