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

Date & Time
26 August 2019 16:12 UTC
Satellites
Meteosat-11
Instruments
SEVIRI
Channels/Products
HRV, Infrared channels

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.

Figure 1
 
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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