SPAIN’S Met Office (AEMET) has predicted heavy rains and gale-force winds to batter the whole Valencian Community this week.

Rainfall exceeding 100 l/sq m in places, combined with 80 km/h winds, are set to strike Alicante province from 6am on Wednesday.

The orange weather warning – denoting ‘important risk’ – is due to end at midnight on Wednesday across the Costa Blanca.

However, an AEMET statement reads that storms are expected in the southeast until ‘at least Friday’.

BRING YOUR WASHING IN: The orang weather warning has been issued for the whole Comunidad Valenciana from Wednesday morning

“As of today, Monday, we expect the entry of a DANA [Isolated Depression at High Altitude] from the Eastern Cantabrians, moving along Tuesday 10 from north to south on the east of the Peninsula and remaining, probably, stationary between the peninsular southeast and north Africa during the following days, at least until Friday, 13,” the statement says.

A DANA is also known as a ‘gota fría’ and occurs when a front of very cold polar air advances over Western Europe. They occur in autumn and most effect the western Mediterranean.

The rains will begin today in Barcelona and Girona, where a red ‘extreme risk’ weather warning has been issued to last until tomorrow.

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