SPAIN’S met office (AEMET) has today warned against ‘torrential’ rains expected to hit the Costa Blanca from Monday next week.

A gota fría episode is predicted for the entire Valencian Community bringing ‘strong and persistent’ precipitation particularly to coastal areas.

The warning issued today urged ‘extreme precaution’ for municipalities in flood zones, for example beside rivers and streams.

AEMET predicts the rains will last for ‘a number of days’ and urges residents to clean drains, remove cars from risk areas and stay informed.

It comes as a so-called ‘high-altitude isolated depression’ (DANA) – also known as a gota fría – is expected to hit all of eastern Spain next week.

Intense rains are expected to begin off the northern coast of Algeria, before moving up the Spanish coast and hit the northeastern region between Monday-Wednesday.

“Winds from the west will move a mass of cold and humid Atlantic air over the Iberian peninsula, bringing rain and a temperature drop particularly in the northeast and interior of the country,” an AEMET statement read.

“The described scenario is at present very probable until Tuesday, but remains uncertain after Wednesday, with calming down of the rains expected after Thursday.”

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