STAFF REPORTER

MADRID/PALMA
THE recent summer weather is going to disappear this weekend as a cold air front is expected to result in a rapid drop in temperatures and storms, Angel Rivera, spokesman for the National Weather Agency (AEMET) in the Balearics said yesterday.

Rivera said that high temperatures are already on the wane and will continue to decline today and tomorrow.
From yesterday, he said, storms were already brewing over the central eastern seaboard of the mainland and particularly in the northeast, getting ready to engulf the Balearics.

From tomorrow, Rivera explained, a combination of high and low cold fronts will result in a significant drop in temperatures over the whole country. Over Monday and Tuesday of next week, maximum temperatures in some areas are expected to fall by between 8 and 9 degrees Centigrade.

He claimed that northeasterly winds will provide a “chill factor” and that the storms during this period will be particularly strong in Catalonia, the Pyrenees and in the Balearics. He said that the cold front will be strong enough to bring the snow line down on Monday to between 1'400 and 1'500 metres above sea level and on Tuesday it might descend as low as 900 metres.

Rivera said that the situation will start to improve from Wednesday onwards, when rainfall will become more “patchy”. Temperatures will apparently start to go up again slowly but will not be anywhere near as warm as they were last week, he added.

The spokesman said that as of Wednesday last week, 28th April, rainfall was 32 percent above the norm for the time of year.
A total of 597 litres per square metre had been recorded when the yearly averge is just 454 litres.