Cold weather set to hit hard in Ali­cante and Mur­cia

Res­i­dents will to wake up to freez­ing tem­per­a­tures this morn­ing

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Dave Jones [email protected]­news.es

THE FIRST cold snap of the win­ter was set to ar­rive overnight in Ali­cante prov­ince and Mur­cia – leav­ing sub-zero tem­per­a­tures this morn­ing (Fri­day) in many in­land ar­eas.

State weather agency AEMET pub­lished a spe­cial bul­letin on Mon­day warn­ing that northerly winds would bring ‘a mass of freez­ing po­lar air which would ar­rive from north-east con­ti­nen­tal Europe'.

“Dur­ing Thurs­day this will cross the whole of the Ibe­rian Penin­sula,” notes the bul­letin. It will start off be­ing wet (in the north of Spain) but will soon dry up. The drop in tem­per­a­tures will lead to heavy frosts in many ar­eas.”

Wind chill fac­tor

They ex­plained that strong winds will make the tem­per­a­ture feel even colder.

Ac­cord­ing to AEMET, the low­est day­time tem­per­a­tures in Ali­cante prov­ince will be to­day (Fri­day), with Tor­re­vieja set to record a high of 12°C, Ori­huela 11°C, Benidorm 12°C, Vil­lena 9°C and Con­frides in the Guadalest Val­ley 6°C. Overnight the mer­cury is set to dip to just 2°C by dawn on Satur­day morn­ing in Tor­re­vieja, -2°C in Ori­huela, 5°C in Benidorm, -4°C in Con­frides and -7°C in Vil­lena. On Satur­day the highs will reach 13°C in Benidorm, 13°C in Ori­huela and 14°C in Tor­re­vieja. AEMET said both day­time and night-time tem­per­a­tures with rise from Sun­day, with a high of 17°C fore­casted for Tor­re­vieja on Mon­day.

Di­rec­tor of the re­gional agency for emer­gen­cies José María Án­gel ad­vised res­i­dents to ‘take pre­cau­tions’ due to the ar­rival of the cold weather.

His de­part­ment sent a bul­letin to town halls not­ing that freez­ing tem­per­a­tures at night could have ad­verse ef­fects on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple such as the el­derly, the chron­i­cally ill, and the home­less. Sr Án­gel also warned about ice on the roads.

With tem­per­a­tures fall­ing to -4°C in Con­frides, the Fo­rata spring on Ai­tana will freeze again

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