Spain had Coldest May in Three Decades

June 11th, 2013

According to a report released on Thursday by the State Meteorological Agency, Aemet, the month of May was the coldest since 1985, with an average temperature of 14.6ºC (around 1.3ºC below normal), and also somewhat drier than normal, registering average rainfall of around 47 litres, which is 25% less than usual.

May was relatively cold in much of Spain, with the thermometers hitting around two degrees below average in the north of the country and Santander, for example, recording its lowest average temperature since 1951.

Temperatures were around one degree colder in the southern half of the country, except in most of Murcia and Andalusia, where average temperatures remained close to normal. In the Balearic Islands, May also registered cold to very cold, while in the Canary Islands the weather was warmer than normal.

The highest maximum temperature of the month, among the major weather stations, was recorded on the 7th May at Valencia airport with 35°C, followed by Malaga Airport with 33.6°C on the 9th, and Jerez de la Frontera with 33.3°C on the 7th.

The lowest monthly temperature recorded in a major observatory was -2.9°C, registered on the 18th of the month in El Puerto de Navacerrada (Madrid), followed by Izaña (Tenerife) with -2.6°C on 1st May and Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara) with -1.4°C on the 16th.

Overall, El Mundo reported that, according to Aemet’s data, May was drier except in the regions of Cantabria, Navarra, La Rioja, northeast of Castilla y Leon, north of Aragon and part of Catalonia, where it was wetter than usual.

In contrast, it was very dry, with rainfall 50% below the average, in Extremadura, west Castilla y León, west and south Andalusia, the southeast of mainland Spain and the majority of the Balearic and Canary Islands. The rest of Spain was normal or slightly drier than normal.

Among the episodes of intense rainfall recorded during May, highlighted were those which affected the Basque Country and the north of Navarre between the 17th and 18th, as well as the heavy rainstorms in the two last days of the month in the north of Navarre and the northwest of Aragon, which resulted in snow at higher altitudes.

The maximum daily rainfall accumulated between the principal observatories was 86 litres and was recorded in San Sebastian-Igueldo on the 17th, followed by 66.8 litres registered in Hondarribia on the 18th.

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