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The Three Wise Men arrive with rain, frost, snow and a drop in temperatures of up to 10ºC

  • The polar air mass that has entered the Peninsula this week will cause the thermometers to fall

The polar air mass that has entered the Peninsula this week will cause a drop in temperatures, that will be situated in more appropriate values ​​for the time, so the Magi will distribute their gifts with cold, rain, frost and snow, as predicted by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which foresees that, between this Tuesday and Wednesday the decrease is in some areas of up to 10 degrees Celsius (ºC).

In this way, this Wednesday, January 5, Three Kings' Eve and when the majority of horseback rides are held in the country, the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands will experience a regime of winds from the west and northwest that will blow “with intensity” in the Mediterranean area, mainly, although also in mountain areas of the northern half, as advanced by the AEMET spokesperson, Rubén del Campo.

Thus, the approach of a new front will lead this day to rains in the northern third of the peninsula, especially in Galicia, the eastern Cantabrian and the Pyrenees, while in Castilla y León, in the Iberian System and mountains in the southeast the Rainfall will be “weak and scattered,” according to Del Campo. Nor can it be completely ruled out a rain also “weak, occasional and scattered” in the central zone and southern plateau.

While, the snow level will drop to about 900 meters in the Pyrenees and will remain between 900 and 1,200 meters in the rest of the northern half, while it will be above 1,200 in the southern half.

As for temperatures, will continue the decline that began this first week of the year, descending especially in the Cantabrian Sea, the z in the center, the east of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands between six and ten degrees compared to the previous day. In some areas of the extreme north and the eastern third could drop more than ten degrees compared to this Tuesday, which could be “an extraordinary decline”, in the words of the spokesperson.

On Wednesday will also dawn with frosts in much of the extreme north and east, and during the day the environment will be cold with maximum temperatures in the two plateaus of around five to ten degrees; from ten to 15 degrees in the Cantabrian Sea, the interior of Andalusia and Extremadura; and between 15 and 18 degrees in the Mediterranean regions.

Del Campo has stressed that, in this way, the temperatures will already be “normal” for this time throughout the country, although “somewhat lower than normal” in the interior of the northern half.

Kings with sub-zero temperatures

On the other hand, on Thursday, January 6, Three Kings Day, night temperatures will continue to drop, there will be frosts in much of the interior and even in the southwest of the peninsula. For example, in cities like Teruel or Soria they will reach six degrees below zero, while will be around three to five degrees below zero in cities like Pamplona, ​​Victoria, Huesca or Lleida. “It could even freeze near the Basque coast, as in Bilbao, where it could drop to below zero degree” , the spokesperson has advised.

Daytime temperatures, however, will rise in the Cantabrian Sea and in the western half, without varying too much in the rest of the Peninsula, with what Thursday, according to Del Campo, could be considered as ” normal “due to the temperatures and the cold environment throughout the country,” typical of the time “.

Rainfall will occur this Thursday “occasionally and scattered” in Galicia, the Cantabrian Sea and the Pyrenees, without being discarded in mountainous areas of the center and southeast, but with a tendency “to remit”, while it will be a “stable day, with little skies cloudy in the rest of the territory and no rain in general “.

As for the snow level, on Thursday it will drop a little more in the Pyrenees, standing over 700 meters, while in the rest it will rise between about 1,000 and 1,200 meters at about 1,400. In addition, the wind will continue to blow intensely in the northeast of the peninsula and in the Balearic Islands, as well as in parts of the Cantabrian Sea, the AEMET spokesperson has indicated.

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Facing the end of the week, Del Campo adds that “the most probable is that the anticyclonic situation prevails, without rains”. Also, night frosts will continue, although the “general” trend will be for temperatures to rise but with “proper values ​​of The time of year”.

In the case of the Canary Islands, as of Wednesday the trade wind regime will be restored which will leave abundant clouds and rain in the north of the islands of greater relief on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as temperatures with normal values ​​for dates. The trade wind situation will probably last a couple of days more, concludes the AEMET.

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