Thunderstorms and flooding in Spain

Thunderstorms and flooding in Spain

26 August 2019 16:12 UTC

Thunderstorms and flooding in Spain
Thunderstorms and flooding in Spain

On 26 August 2019 widespread thunderstorms caused severe flooding in parts of Spain.

Last Updated

11 November 2020

Published on

26 August 2019

By Jose Prieto (EUMETSAT)

On Monday 26 August severe thunderstorms swept from the south west of the Iberian peninsula and stretched to the north of Africa. In central Spain, Madrid, and some surrounding small towns, were flooded.

An area of tropospheric low pressure at high levels of the atmosphere created the conditions for strong convection, as reflected in the Meteosat-11 composite image at 16:12 UTC (Figure 1).

The convection also brought severe hailstorms and and tornados. According to AEMET, the Spanish meteorological agency, there were 9,300 bolts of lightning over Madrid.

 Meteosat-11 composite (based on HRV and channels 0.8, 1.6 and 3.9 µm), 26 August 16:12 UTC, showing the geographical extent of the convection generated by a low pressure centre aloft.
Figure 1: Meteosat-11 composite (based on HRV and channels 0.8, 1.6 and 3.9 µm), 26 August 16:12 UTC, showing the geographical extent of the convection generated by a low pressure centre aloft.
 

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