By Humphrey Carter

A marked improvement in the weather and the temperatures is going to be experienced over the next few days but winter will return with vengeance this weekend unfortunately.

Over the weekend, despite the freezing temperatures, scores of people flocked up to the mountains for some fun in the snow.
In fact, Sunday morning was rather pleasant with the sun shining across most of the region but over night, temperatures dropped as low as -2.9ºC in Lluc and below freezing in many other parts of the island making driving hazardous yesterday morning because of the black ice. The Director of the Balearic Meteorological Centre, Agustin Jansa, admitted yesterday that temperatures over the past few days, have been “much lower than usual for this time of year”.

But, he pointed out that we are in the middle of winter and have been in the grasp of a cold snap which, according to Jansa, will move away from the region “slowly” over the coming days.

Conditions should remain dry, but cold today and tomorrow but scattered showers, which could turn to snow above 700 metres, are expected to return to the region on Thursday and linger until at least Sunday.

The 85-metre ship Haci Koksal Mataraci with a 15-strong crew on board which was running adrift off the south of Minorca on Saturday in severe weather after a fire in the engine room was finally saved by a salvage ship on Saturday afternoon and was due to have arrived in the Port of Tarragona yesterday evening.

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