By Humphrey Carter PALMA

JUST three weeks after the last snowfall, the Balearics is due for a further dump this weekend.
The met. office announced yesterday that the weather for coming week is going to dominated by a cold front which is coming our way from the North East bringing heavy rain and snow to the Balearics and Catalonia in particular.

After a glorious few days last weekend, the temperature has significantly dropped over the past few days as the north and north easterly winds have picked up and the temperatures are going to continue dropping over the course of the next week.

Snow is forecast above 1'100 metres here in Majorca for today with strong north easterly winds in the north east of the island and with the region on level one alert for heavy seas.

However, maximum temperatures today should hold up at around the 16ºC mark, although over night lows are going to drop below 10ºC to just 6 or 7.
The worst of the cold front is due to hit the region on Sunday night and Monday.
Tomorrow, the snow line drops to 800 metres and the met. office has warned that over night, snow could fall at sea level in the Balearics and Catalonia.

And, on Monday as maximum temperatures struggle to keep above 10ºC, the snowline will fall further with much of the same expected for Tuesday when the northerly winds are forecast to gain force again.

However, conditions will begin to improve on Wednesday as winds swing round to south, south west pushing up the day time temperatures gradually and also lifting the snowline.

But, it is going to continue cold over night with lows of between 5ºC and 7ºC.
The Civil Protection and Guardia Civil yesterday issued a warning to anyone planning an excursion or hike in the mountains this weekend.
Conditions are going to be harsh, variable and potentially dangerous so either postpone the trip or make sure you are properly dressed and equipped and that someone knows where you are heading.

Also, make sure mobile phones are well charged and that vehicles have plenty of petrol should you get stuck in the mountains.
This winter has been one of the coldest since records began in the Balearics and it appears that there are still a few more cold snaps lurking with the start of the Easter holidays just a few weeks away.