The Cold wave that began on January 5 and that was going to end this Thursday will last until next Wednesday, according reported by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) that warns that the minimum temperatures will continue around -20ºC in the same areas of the center and the east of the peninsula.
The AEMET spokesperson, Rubén del Campo, explained that it could become the second longest cold wave of this century, after the one that was registered in December 2001.
“The snow coverage persists, the environment remains very stable, with clear skies and calm winds which will cause very strong frosts so we extend the cold wave warning until at least Monday, “he summarized.
In addition, although already minors the frosts will not go away until Wednesday when an Atlantic storm arrives, with humidity and milder wind. The spokesperson foresees that over the weekend and Monday the situation will be similar to that of these days since the anticyclone persists over the Peninsula, which will continue to stabilize the weather and will cause the phenomenon of thermal inversion that means that the cold stays in the lower areas, so that it can be colder in valley areas and on the two plateaus than in mountain areas.
Likewise, Del Campo emphasizes that this phenomenon favors a worsening of air quality, since pollutant particles also remain stagnant in the lower layer and this causes citizens to stay within that air mass with more contamination, such as if they were inside a bubble or a sponge. “The air quality expected for Madrid and Valladolid is bad due to this circumstance,” he says.
In short, Frosts will continue to be very strong in the center, in Madrid, especially in the east, in Toledo, east and south of Castilla-La Mancha, south of Aragon and Iberian Zaragoza as well as in the east of Castilla y León, in particular in Soria and Segovia where the minimum temperatures will repeat the temperatures of -10 to -15ºC and in the Guadalajara or Teruel area, at points in the Molina de Aragón or Bello area you can reach one more day between -15 and -20ºC.
“He Friday and Saturday will still have colder mornings that today, although the coldest day will not be reached, which was January 12, “the spokesman said, explaining that the situation is exacerbated because a mass of cold air will enter from the north of the European continent that is cold and dry and that It will help to lower temperatures.
“We are going to return to -20ºC in areas of Teruel and Guadalajara; to the range of -10 to -15ºC in the east of Madrid and will have between -5 and -10ºC in the interior areas where not covered with snow. It seemed that the cold was going away, but it persists and in some points it will be possible to occasionally exceed -20ºC “, explains Del Campo, who adds that in the Ebro valley they will be freed from intense frosts by the gale wind.
The AEMET could end the cold wave on Wednesday, with the arrival of an Atlantic front, driven by westerly winds that are humid and temperate. “The weather will change radically,” predicted the AEMET spokesperson, who anticipates that it will rain mostly in the western half.
That situation will contribute to the thaw, but points out that where it will rain most is in the western half and on Thursday the rains will reach the eastern half, which is where there is more snow, so he trusts that this thaw will be more gradual. With the rains, temperatures will rise so that between Tuesday and Wednesday the minimums will rise between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius in much of the center and west, so the frosts would disappear.
Specifically, it foresees that in Castilla y León the minimums will rise by about ten degrees Celsius, so they will go from being between -5 and -10ºC on Tuesday to rise to 0 or 5ºC. On Thursday they will also continue to rise in the east of the Peninsula, between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius so that on that day there will probably be no frosts “at any point” and the maximum temperatures may even reach 20 or 22ºC on the Mediterranean façade and they will place between 10 and 15ºC on the two plateaus.
The spokesperson explained that the current cold episode that began on January 5 has now lasted 9 days and ensures that “in the last ten years there has been no such cold episode.” In this regard, he recalled that last year there were no cold waves while in 2019 there were two cold waves.
An anomalous January
During the last days of the month, the weather in the northwest quadrant will be marked by heavy rainfall, Meteored reports. In the Mediterranean and Canary Islands regions, rains will be scarcer, and the rest of Spain will be within normality. Temperatures will remain stable.
This year, January will not attend the script that marks the weather for these dates, with long periods of high pressure leading to so-called ‘January calm’. The beginning of 2021 will be special for many things at the meteorological level and among them will not be stability.