Fire crew deals with a pine tree that collapsed during heavy rain in Palma. | A. Sepúlveda


Heavy rain yesterday affected parts of the island, with some flooding, a pine tree collapsing and a rockfall on the road from Andratx to Es Capdellà. According to Aemet, the rainfalls were heaviest in Llucmajor with 23 litres per square metres, in the mountains at Lluc with 22 and 12 in Pollensa.

The poor weather is set to continue. There is a yellow alert in place from 6pm today (Tuesday) with the anticipation of rainfalls of up to 20 litres per square metre, and on Wednesday the situation may worsen as an amber alert means potential downpours of 40 litres per square metre in one hour and double this amount over a twelve-hour period.

There are also warnings for the coasts, with winds set to be up to at least 50kph.

The met agency says that the rain will be less intense on Thursday but it is not ruling out a return of heavier falls at the weekend.

Update (19.00): The regional government's division for emergencies has recommended taking precautions on account of the heavy rain that is now expected to fall in all parts of the Balearics from around midnight (Tuesday night). The emergency services have been placed on Level One alert because of the amber alert issued by Aemet. The common-sense advice includes not going through flooded areas either on foot or by car.