For folks used to hot summer temperatures when thermometers rarely drop below the low 30s, winter temperatures are perishing cold.
When the temperature plummets to below 20 degrees centigrade, the locals complain that it is cold. Out come the coats, the scarves and the gloves. When it gets below ten, the fur coats appear and they double up a sweater with a thick fleece. You'd think they were living in the Arctic north.
The State Agency of Meteorología (AEMET) forecasts and end to the dry and sunny weather we have had over Christmas. For the weekend there is a high risk of snow in Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Castellón and Teruel which are all on orange alert. The provinces of Burgos, Alava, La Rioja, Navarre, Soria, Guadalajara, Saragossa, Huesca, Lleida, Valencia and Alicante are on yellow alert.
The Valencian Comunitat has registered temperature drops of up to 13 degrees Celsius in last the 24 hours. Snow is expected on land over 700metres. Don't worry though, we've asked and nobody remembers seeing snow in Bigastro - ice yes but no snow.