Who said Spring had arrived?

Terrible weather all over Spain this weekend. Civil Protection has warned 14 autonomous regions of the risk of heavy snow (Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Region, Castilla y Leon, Navarra, La Rioja, Aragon, Catalonia, Madrid y Castilla La Mancha) and heavy rain (Murcia, Andalucia and the Canary Islands). The Valencian Region remains in alert because of both (heavy rain and heavy snow). Here is a breakdown of the weather in Spain at the moment:

Asturias, Basque Country, Madrid and Cantabria – snow on ground 600-700 meters above sea level. At least 5 cm of snow is expected to fall in the next 24 hours.

Castilla y Leon – from 3 to 5 cm snowfall 700-900 m above sea level.

Navarra, Huesca, Catalonia and La Rioja – heavy snow 600 m above sea level.

Aragon – heavy snow 800 m above sea level

Castilla La Mancha – very heavy snow between 700 and 1,000 meters above sea level

Valencian Region – in Alicante, up to 100 liters of rain per square meter in 12 hours, and heavy snow 900 meters above sea level.

Andalucia – possibility of storms, heavy rain and hail.

Canary Islands – heavy rain.

This sudden burst of cold, winter weather has taken everyone by surprise and is bad news for Spanish farmers as crops are likely to suffer. All the fruit of trees which were in blossom before the bad weather started will be damaged. Almond farmers in the Alicante region say they have lost at least 25% which means that the production and price of local produces such as turron (nougat) will be affected this year.