Staff Reporter
THE outlook is brighter and the severe weather warnings from the Civil Protection and Emergencies Agencies have now been called off in the Balearic Islands, as well as another eight Spanish regions, which were all warned about the onset of snow and gale-force winds.

The regions that were warned about the snow and winds during the latest cold fronts were the Balearic Islands, Castilla-León, Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarra and the Basque Country, said a spokesperson from the abovementioned agencies.

It is forecasted that temperatures will rise by between 4 and 6 degrees in the majority of these regions, which has led the agencies to call off the freak weather warnings caused by the coldest winter in more than 20 years.

The National Weather Station has predicted that today in Majorca and Minorca there will be a possibility of moderate scattered showers and storms, most likely during the morning.

Snow will today fall in areas over 300 metres which will increase to 800 metres later in the afternoon, said a spokesperson from the Met office.
Daytime temperatures will be stable with a chance of getting warmer but there is a possibility of frost in central Majorca today, he added.
It is predicted that gusts of gale-force northerly winds could affect Minorca and northeast Majorca, which could reach up to 80 km/per hour in the morning.

These gusts of gale-force winds stopped the passenger ferry Nura Nura from Iscomar completing its journey.
The ferry left Alcudia at 8.30am yesterday and was expected to arrive in Ciudadela in Minorca at 11.30am, instead the ferry had to be redirected to Mahón port as the wind and waves were too much for the boat, said a spokesperson from the Balearic Government.

The crew aboard the ferry decided to head for shelter along the Minorcan coast, which would also allow them to return in the afternoon if the weather persisted.

Nura Nura has room for up to 340 passengers.
Owing to gusts of wind that reached 78 km/per hour in Capdepera yesterday and 63 km/per hour in Mahón, there were four metre high waves, said Agustin Jansá, director for the Balearic Met Office.

Jansá said that the cold temperatures will still dominate the islands during the early hours of today, but by the daytime people should notice a slight increase in temperatures.

Yesterday Majorca's coldest temperatures reached -0.2 degrees at the port of Pollensa and Sa Pobla hit 0.5 degrees, he added.


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