NEW weather modelling predicts a third wave of torrential destruction to wash over Spain, just as the country is getting over two storms in quick succession.
Following hot on the heels of Storms Aline and Bernard, which claimed two lives in Cadiz and another in Huelva, a new weather front is incoming.
This ‘atmospheric river’ is set to make landfall in the western part of Galicia in the early hours of Thursday and then push over the rest of the peninsula.
Wind warnings also extend the southeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula.
The heaviest and most persistent rain is predicted today with as much as 100mm falling, which could lead to localised flooding, according to meteorology experts.
These rains are expected to intensify due to the presence of the ‘sky river’ which will usher in a wall of very humid air.
The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has already issued weather warnings for Galicia due to the heavy rains and strong winds expected.
On Thursday, rainfall will spread across the entire Atlantic side of the peninsula, with the most abundant expected in the northwest and the Cantabrian regions.
Madrid and central areas can expect to be hit yet again with torrential downpours.
Following the passage of Thursday’s weather front, more rain is expected in the northwestern region of the peninsula, with the possibility of another front affecting the entire Atlantic side over the weekend.
Friday and Saturday are expected to see rainfall in the northwestern quadrant of the peninsula and in Galicia.
By Sunday afternoon, the last front of the week could bring rain to the entire western region of the peninsula.
The arrival of this new atmospheric river and the subsequent heavy rains raise concerns about potential flooding in the affected regions.