The General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Interior, in accordance with the predictions of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), maintains the alert for heavy storms and rains in large areas of the Peninsula and in the Balearic Islands.
Storms may be accompanied by hail and strong gusts of wind. This past Thursday, which was also a very stormy day, more than 26,000 lightning strikes were recorded in the Peninsula, according to Aemet data.
Where will it rain on Saturday?
In the early morning from Friday to Saturday the storms will enter the coast of Murcia and Almería, will also affect the province of Malaga and with the first light of day they will spread to the provinces of Seville, Cordoba and Jaén, also Cádiz it can be affected by these rains. During the morning rain and storms will come to Alicante, Castellón, Ibiza… and inland, they will spread to the east of Extremadura, Toledo and Cuenca. At noon the storms will reach the Madrid’s community and south of the province of Teruel.
Where will it rain on Sunday?
The rain in the early morning from Saturday to Sunday moves to Balearic Islands and Catalonia, and will continue to affect some areas of the Mediterranean such as Alicante and Almeria, also within the province of Valencia and Albacete. In the north, little rain is expected in Guipúzcoa. On Sunday afternoon, both the storms and the rains recede and Monday will start with clear skies.
Tips for storms
Faced with the risk of storms, Civil Protection recalls that the danger of storms for people it is produced, fundamentally, in open field. However, in urban centers there is also danger of lightning strike, so it is convenient stand near buildings to protect yourself. In homes it is advised avoid drafts. If you are driving, it indicates that a closed vehicle can be a good shelter.
If the storm surprises in the field, it advises to avoid running and stay in high placesLike the tops of hills, ridges, or dividers, do not take shelter under trees and stay away from barbed wire and metal objects.
In the face of heavy rains, if you are driving, ask to slow down, Take extreme precautions and do not stop in areas where large amounts of water can flow. If you have to travel, he recommends trying to circulate preferably on main roads and highways.
In the event of sudden storms and heavy rains, the place where vehicles are parked must be taken into account as the rapid rise in water level It can damage vehicles parked on floodplains and, furthermore, drag them, causing damage to other people’s property and even obstructing the natural flow of the current.
If it starts to rain heavily, alert that there is a risk of flooding and ask do not cross with the vehicle or on foot, the flooded sections, by not knowing what may be under the water and locating the highest points in the area.
He also advises do not try to save the car in the middle of a flood. If you are in the countryside, you have to stay away from rivers, streams and low areas of slopes and hills, avoiding crossing flooded fords. Likewise, you have to go to the highest points in the area.
Before the strong winds, it is advisable to secure doors, windows and all those objects that may fall onto the public highway and move away from cornices, trees, walls or buildings under construction or cranes that may come off. It is also advisable to refrain from climbing scaffolding without adequate protection measures.
In case of driving, recommends extreme precautions, especially in the tunnel exit, overtaking and crossing with heavy vehicles on two-way roads; and pay attention to the possible presence of obstacles on the road.