Storm Juliet sees temperatures plummet in Spain

Spain has been hit this week by an extraordinary Arctic air mass which has seen temperatures fall and heavy snow across swathes of the country, causing widespread disruption.

On 27 February, a very cold wind blew in Spain Temperatures up to -18.6ºC. The storm, named Juliet, left towns and municipalities in northeastern Spain completely white and brought heavy snow across the country.

The storm, formed by a layer of cold air from the Arctic, generated extreme cold warnings in 30 provinces in Spain.

Province Lleida, in the Catalonia region, recorded -18.6 degrees Celsius at dawn this Monday, according to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

The snow storm has also led to power cuts in dozens of towns including Valldemossa, Alaró, Vilafranca and Port d’Alcúdia.

The 20 inches of snow has also forced the closure of up to 15 roads in the Serra de Tramuntana region.

AEMET has also issued an amber warning for rainfall, with 100mm expected in the Serra de Tramuntana range.

In the past eight hours the highest accumulated precipitation – 128.4mm – has been recorded in Pollença, a town in northern Mallorca.

In the rest of the island, orange and yellow warnings have been activated for winds of more than 70kph and precipitation that could exceed three inches in some areas.

Snow has also covered parts of Ibiza and it had an active yellow warning for 13ft waves.

In neighbouring Menorca, there are active orange warnings for 90kph winds which have left the island cut off by the sea following the closure of port Maó.

AEMET said the air mass would begin to withdraw today (1 March).

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