First snow falls on Mallorca, Portugal struggles with flooding

Winter arrived late in Spain and Portugal as some 20 centimetres of snow fell on the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range on the island of Mallorca on Monday, while the north of Portugal saw flooding following heavy rainfall, local media reported.

The change of weather came as a shock to inhabitants of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, who had recently experienced temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius, according to online media reports.

On the Spanish mainland more than 20 roads were closed due to snowfall, with hundreds of drivers stuck in their cars for hours near Ourense in the northwestern region of Galicia, which was hit hardest by the bad weather.

Northern Portugal meanwhile was suffering heavy flooding after continuous rain, causing more than 2 million euros worth of damage in the Coimbra region alone, according to figures obtained by the daily Diario de Noticias.

The water level temporarily rose to about a metre in the church of the historic monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha after the nearby Mondego river burst its banks.

Last update: Mon, 15/02/2016 - 17:42
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