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THE WINTER WILL BE MORE RAINY THAN USUAL IN SPAIN IN 2019

Madrid / The winter season, which will begin next day 21 at 23:23 local time, is expected, in general, usual in terms of temperatures and rainy throughout the country, except in the Canary Islands, after the seventh warmest autumn since 1965 and the fifth of this century.

During the next months, the weather forecasts point to a new phenomenon of El Niño with repercussions on a global scale, and that in Spain this would propitiate storms “will go down in latitude”, to circulate near the Peninsula and favour more episodes of generalized rainfall during the winter period.

This was explained by Delia Gutiérrez, spokesperson for the Meteorology Agency (Aemet), during the press conference to present the winter forecast, the autumn analysis and the climatological summary of 2018.

Regarding the temperatures, Gutiérrez has underlined “at the present time there is no” strong data that predict more or less heat for this winter, although with “much caution”, it could be advanced of the existence of “some indication” that points to temperatures warmer on February and March.

This situation of somewhat temperate records continues the line this fall, which as a whole has been very hot and humid, with an average temperature that has exceeded by 1 degree centigrade the average value for this period which is 15.8 degrees, which has motivated it to end up as the warmest since 1965 and the fifth warmest of the 21st century.

At this point, the spokesman of the Aemet, Rubén del Campo, stressed that since 2011, “all the autumns have presented a temperature above the average in the whole of Spain.”

The spokesman highlighted the month of September, “the warmest since there are records”, while October and November, although they registered values slightly above the average, had a “usual” thermal character in general with some cold episode: At the end of October it snowed, for the first time in that month, in several provincial capitals such as Cuenca, Oviedo and Jaén among others.

“In cities such as Salamanca or Valladolid were registered up to 3 degrees below zero, in Oviedo, the very cold maximum, didn’t exceed 4 degrees.

WET FALL

As for rainfall, autumn has been humid with a value for all of Spain of 236 litres per square meter, 16 percent more above the average, so it has been the sixth autumn with more rainfall of the 21st century.

Del Campo -has emphasized- that has been rainier than normal on the Mediterranean slope, where in some points the average value has tripled due to the torrential rains that occurred in October and November.

On the contrary, in large areas of the peninsular north-west and in the Bay of Biscay it has been somewhat drier than normal.

The torrential rains left on October 19 in Vinarós (Castellòn) 159.2 liters per square meter in an hour and on October 22 289 litres per square meter in Alpandeire (Malaga) in six hours. However, the most dramatic episode was on October 9 in Colònia de Sant Pere (Mallorca), where 232.8 litres per square meter were accumulated in four hours and left 13 victims.

During the press conference, Rubén del Campo has presented data, even preliminary, of the year 2018 and has highlighted that until last day 12, the year, at the moment, has a “warm” character with an average of 15.5 degrees, that is, 0.4 tenths above normal.

“It will be the fifth consecutive year in which temperatures in Spain will be above average and probably the twelfth warmest since 1965 and the ninth warmest of the 21st century.”

For the spokesman, this data serves to “verify the accumulation of warm years in this century.”

You have added that in terms of precipitation, and until November 30, 2018 can be classified as the second rainiest since 1969, and is likely to end up among the three with the highest rainfall in this century. (December 18, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia habla...  
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de una previsión meteorológica.
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del tiempo que hará en toda Europa.
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de todas las lluvias registradas este año en España.
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Según el texto, ¿cuándo comienza el invierno?  
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Dentro de tres días.
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El día 21 de diciembre por la mañana.
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Justo en un par de días.
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Según AEMET, es posible...  
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solo llueva en las islas españolas.
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que llueva más de lo habitual en este invierno.
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apenas llueva en este invierno.
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Sobre las temperaturas se dice que...  
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podría hacer más calor en febrero y marzo.
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dentro de una semana subirán mucho las temperaturas.
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se descarta que se registren temperaturas altas en febrero.
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Por lo general, ¿cómo ha sido este otoño en España?  
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Seco y frío.
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Lluvioso y muy frío.
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Cálido y húmedo.
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Sobre este otoño, Rubén del Campo dice que...  
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no se ha registrado ninguna lluvia torrencial desde octubre.
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solo se han registrado lluvias torrenciales en el norte de España.
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ha aumentado por tres el número de lluvias torrenciales en España.
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algo que sucede ahora pero que puede cambiar.
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algo que ocurrió en el pasado.
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lluvias.
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golpes.
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prisas.
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siglo veintiuno.
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siglo doble equis uno.
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siglo veinte.
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'predecir'.
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'estudiar'.
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