Add and continue. The final stretch of March maintains the wet trend that began at the beginning of the month. Although from mid-February the atmospheric dynamics of the North Atlantic gave the first signs of change, it was March that underpinned the break with the dry period that the Iberian Peninsula had been dragging on since last summer. The displacement of the high pressures towards the north and the interior of the European continent has allowed the Atlantic storms to shift their trajectory towards our territory.
The ‘Celia’ storm draws “Martian” landscapes throughout Andalusia
This trend seems to continue at least until the beginning of April, so the rains and storms will be frequent during the next few days. In Andalusia, which, together with the peninsular Levante, has been the target of the most abundant rainfall in the last week, the rains will take a brief break during the weekend, to recover intensity and extension from the last hours of next Monday.
The return of an awkward guest: the rain of mud
The weekend will start through water. With the center of the storm located on the Cape Saint Vincent, a slow displacement will begin towards the Mediterranean basin. The position of this will inject a new flow from the southeast in the lower layers of the atmosphere, which will again drag dust in suspension up to the Andalusian vertical. And again, the Andalusian Mediterranean slope and a good part of the central and eastern interior will be the areas most affected by the presence of the haze.
However, this time concentrations as high as in mid-March are not expected. However, the rainfall that occurs from Thursday afternoon, and especially during Friday morning, will be in the form of mud in most of the Andalusian territory.
Rainfall of up to 80 liters in 12 hours
The rains may also be torrential in much of the Mediterranean coastal and pre-coastal area in the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, where the accumulated rainfall may exceed 100 liters per square meter in less than 24 hours. Thus, the Meteorology Statal Agency has activated the orange level warning in these areas for the afternoon of Thursday 24 due to rainfall that may reach 80 liters in 12 hours, lowering it to the yellow level for early Friday morning for accumulations of between 40 and 60 liters.
The rains, which will splash most of the territory, will also be abundant between the days of Thursday and Friday in other parts of the provinces of Huelva, Seville and the Granada plateau, where they can exceed 20 or 25 liters per square meter in less of 12 hours. The AEMET warnings also extend to the entire Mediterranean coast and the Sierras de Segura, Cazorla and Las Villas and Montes de Jaén due to the expected strong wind, which may reach maximum gusts of between 70 and 90 km/h until morning. on Friday the 25th.
Temporary improvement and return to rain
From Saturday morning the rainfall will subside in a good part of the region, limiting it to the eastern third, where it may be in the form of storms in the central hours of the day. In the rest of the territory, the skies will generally remain cloudy or slightly cloudy thanks to the fact that the center of the storm will have been located by then over the Balearic Islands. In addition, the entry of wind from the northeast will serve to clean the Andalusian skies of haze, leaving the dust in suspension in very low concentration by then.
This improvement will be very transitory in any case, since from the last hours of Monday the arrival of a new Atlantic storm will begin to leave precipitation from the western end of the Community. The passage of a cold front will leave abundant rains again during the day of Tuesday 29, spreading to the entire region as the hours go by and leaving a very humid environment until mid-week.