Heavy snowfall has struck the Spanish island of Mallorca, with Storm Juliette passing through the region, leading to a significant drop in temperature. This is an unusual occurrence for the popular holiday destination, which is typically associated with sunny beaches and warm weather, as reported by Sky News.
Temperatures have plummeted to as low as -2C (28.4F), leading to a red weather alert being issued for the island due to large waves on the north side of the island. The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) of Spain has also warned of up to 40cm (15 inches) of snowfall, particularly in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range of the island.
It has been suggested that even lower areas, including the sea level, could receive snowfall. Although the Spanish island of Mallorca has recently experienced heavy snowfall, the mainland has not been spared from the storm either. In fact, the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has issued weather warnings in 30 regions across Spain due to the impact of Storm Juliette.
One of the regions affected is Molina de Aragón, which is situated between Madrid and Zaragoza. The area has witnessed plummeting temperatures, with the mercury dropping as low as -15.8C (3.5F) during the storm. The region has also seen snowfall, which was captured on video by the AEMET observatory as it settled on the ground.
The AEMET has also taken to social media to inform citizens of the ongoing situation, indicating that Storm Juliette is likely to result in more snowfall on Tuesday, particularly in the northern regions of the peninsula. They also noted that the intense cold, combined with the snowfall, is expected to continue throughout the week.
The occurrence of heavy snowfall and a red weather alert in Mallorca is unusual for the region, particularly considering the island’s reputation as a hot holiday destination. However, the AEMET has warned that the weather conditions are expected to persist throughout the week, highlighting the importance of taking caution when travelling or participating in outdoor activities.