By Humphrey Carter
TO mark the start of winter today, it is going to snow in the Balearics, but will it last for Christmas?
Winter officially kicks off at 13.42 today and yesterday's showers are forecast to become more persistent in the Balearics and turn to snow above 1'000 metres as the temperature drops slightly.

The Palma met office forecasts much of the same for tomorrow with, not only temperatures falling further, but the snow line as well to just 900 metres.
However - the snow is not expected to hang around and give us a white Christmas here in the Balearics.
Wednesday's storms are forecast to move out of the area tomorrow night and Thursday will be sunny with cloudy intervals as will Friday, Christmas Eve.
It will also feel slightly warmer.
What is more, it is not as if the Balearics needs any more rain.
This Autumn has been one of the wettest in recent years in the Balearics and the Canary Islands.

Strangely enough, for Spain as a whole, rainfall this Autumn has been 50 percent less than usual. But with regards to the Balearics and the Canary Islands, it has been 50 percent higher than usual with October being the wettest month. As a result of Majorca's wet Autumn, both of the island's main reservoirs, Cuber and Gorg Blau are nearly full containing more water than they have for years. If the water level rises any further, engineers working the reservoirs will have to start letting water out. However, this Autumn was unusually mild across the country with temperatures one to two degrees higher than average. Today will be the shortest day and the longest night of the year with the sun appearing at its most furthest away point in the southern sky, reducing the number of daylight hours.


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