Just when people living in Spain think the situation in the country could not get much worse, along comes the long-range winter weather forecast to add salt to their wounds.
Meteorologists working for AccuWeather, one of the World’s most respected weather Apps, have just released their long-range forecast for the upcoming winter season and it won’t make pretty reading for the Spanish population.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Alan Reppert, a senior weather expert, who has been with AccuWeather for nineteen years, said the company were now confident enough to predict the winter ahead.
As the seasons make the transition from autumn to winter, the primary storm track across Europe is forecast to shift south with many storms moving over southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.
“I think compared to what we’ve seen other years in Spain, Portugal and southern France, it’s going to be a lot stormier,” Reppert said.
Fellow meteorologist, Tyler Roys, who has been at AccuWeather for nearly a decade, explained the reasons behind the predictions,
“Having a southern storm track at times throughout the winter months will be beneficial for Spain and Portugal as the winter months make up their wet season and help to replenish the reservoirs for the rest of the year,” he said.
Unfortunately, this active storm track will endanger lives and property across the region.
“When you get the southern Europe track, it’s not necessarily fast-moving storms, instead, they can take their sweet old time to move from Spain to Italy to the Balkans to Turkey or to Ukraine and they can be more damaging.”
Attempting to put a positive spin on the forecast, Reppert said, “This rain over Spain and Portugal should help winter crops such as olives.”
Whether hard-pressed, café, bar and restaurant owners in Spain, already reeling from months of coronavirus restrictions, hoping to fill their sunny terraces with customers this winter, will be quite as happy, is very doubtful.