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27 March 2017

Parts of Spain Covered in Snow While the UK Gets Spring Sunshine

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Spain; the perfect holiday destination for us Brits. Being close to home, relatively affordable and where sunbathing-weather is (almost) guaranteed, many hop on a plane each summer for a sunny getaway – a quarter of Spain’s tourists come from the UK, according to official Spanish government figures.

However this weekend brought a plot-twist on the weather front, with Spanish city Tarragona getting four inches of snow, with temperatures dropping to a chilly -12°C overnight – not quite what you’d expect from sunny Spain, eh?

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Snow settled in the streets of Tarragona, prompting residents to dig out their rarely-used coats and scarfs and venture out (if they weren’t snowed in).

The bad and unusual weather also affected North West of Spain in the Galacia region, being hit by snow storms and low temperatures. The bad weather is said to hit other Spanish regions such as Catalonia, Northern Aragon, Navarre and eastern parts of the Cantabrian coast.                  

What makes the recent weather events more odd is that Britain - known for its spring chills and rainy weather - received some great conditions over the weekend, with some areas reaching 19°C.

Sunday brought Mother’s Day, and plenty of spring sunshine with it. Many families chose to head to the coast to bask in the sunshine and enjoy the first hint of summer this year. Despite the cold winds in some parts, the warm weather got a great reception, with beaches full of Brits in popular coastal areas such as Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Brighton.

Northern regions weren’t so lucky however and experienced more cloudy conditions, but the mild temperatures were still present, making for a pleasant weekend for most.

While many enjoy the sunshine, the unusual Spanish conditions do strike up wonder about whether the effects of global warming and climate change are to blame for weather outliers. The ever-changing and unpredictable conditions can cause disruptions to ecosystems and extreme weather far worse than the odd Spanish snow-storm, like hurricanes, and heat-waves leading to drought.  

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.