THE cold front still persists and yesterday morning it brought minus 0 degree temperatures throughout the Balearics. In fact the lowest temperatures were found in Ibiza at Sant Joan de Labritja with -4.7 degrees.
The lowest temperature in Majorca in the early hours was close to the temperatures experienced in Ibiza, -4.2 degrees in Sierra de Alfabia and -3.7 degrees in Lluc, according to the Director of the Balearic Weather Station, Agustín Jansá.
At the Son Sant Joan Airport temperatures reached a minimum of -2.5 degrees.
Throughout the rest of the day, the weather and temperatures became warmer, fluctuating between 10 and 11 degrees in Majorca and 12 degrees in Ibiza.
It is forecasted that these temperatures will continue rising and the islands will progressively get warmer, said Jansá.
Snow fell yesterday morning in some low regions in Minorca and in Pollensa (Majorca), although it did not settle. Snow also fell in higher regions like Lluc and Bunyola. Yesterday snow fell in areas over 800 metres, this will change to 600 metres today. There were no problems with strong winds on the islands yesterday morning, however by the afternoon strong southwesterly wind blew and caused alarms to be raised at sea.
There were 50 more spaces in shelters made available for people living rough on the streets yesterday because of this cold weather.
The Majorca Social Services Institute made it possible for the 400 people living on the streets in Majorca to find a place in a shelter before this new cold front hit.
These new spaces are needed for all those people who have no homes and no roof over their head.
The opening hours of the centres have also been extended.
However much they are trying to help the homeless, a spokesman for the Institute said they cannot force people to stay in a centre.
Only when there are extreme weather conditions and temperatures are lower than 5 degrees can the Institute legally make people living rough move to one of the shelters, the spokesman said yesterday.