Heathrow and Gatwick: Urgent weather warnings for top Spanish holiday destinations ahead of Easter break

With Costa Del Sol literally translating to’Sunny Coast’, it’s no wonder hundreds of thousands of Brits flock there during the Easter and summer holidays for some much-needed rest and relaxation, with the added bonus of warmer weather.

Over the past few weeks, while London experienced temperatures of up to 20 degrees Celsius, Spain has experienced extreme weather in the form of torrential rain and dust storms. According to Spanish weather agency AEMET, an orange weather warning is in place in some parts of Spain this week, including the southern city of Cadiz.

The warning has been issued due to strong winds and powerful waves. The popular tourist provinces of Malaga, Granada and Almeria are all under a yellow weather warning, reports The Express, and Brits are being urged to avoid certain activities like boating, swimming, surfing and rock fishing during this time.

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Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, has also experienced less than ideal weather over the past fortnight

Cadiz, in the south of Spain, will be bashed by heavy gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour. while nearby areas including Tarifa could be hit by Force 8 gails. The weather is expected to be cloudy for much of the week in the Costa del Sol with the average temperature expected to be around 15 degrees, with holidaymakers possible being forced to swap their beers for cups of tea.

The Canary Islands have also experienced wet and windy weather over the weekend with strong gusts up to 70 kilometres per hour. Andalucia could also see the return of muddy rain, according to the weather agency AEMET.

It is possible another calima will bring orange haze back to Andalucia with muddy rain a possibility. A calima is the Spanish word for a storm which colors the skies orange with dust carried from the Sahara.

Cadiz, in the south of Spain, will be bashed by heavy gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour.
Cadiz, in the south of Spain, will be bashed by heavy gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour.

Calimas can cause muddy rain and cover cars and houses in a thick layer of dust. Tourists should also take care to avoid strenuous exercise as calimas can affect air quality. British tourists should follow local advice in their holiday destination in the event of a calima or extreme weather.

Spain is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and easyJet data shows more than 30 percent of Britons plan to travel there this year. Top hotspots include the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol, particularly the resort areas of Benidorm, Alicante, Marbella and Estepona. Many tourists also choose to travel to the stunning island destinations in the Canaries or the Balearics, including Tenerife and Ibiza.

It comes as the rules have changed for unvaccinated travelers, who are now allowed to enter the Spain if they have proof of recovering from Covid in the past 270 days. Currently, British teenagers aged between 12-17 can also travel to Spain without being vaccinated if they have a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours.

Britons are not allowed to use NHS tests for travel purposes and must pay for a private test if needed. Tourists will not need to fill out a passenger locator form or take any tests after arriving in UK as they were scrapped earlier this month.

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