Monday, January 16, 2012

A cold snap hits Spain

For those British politicians who question why ex-pats in Spain still need to be paid the winter fuel allowance, let me point out the following:

Alicante is one of seven provinces on orange alert for heavy snow today. The others are; Jaén, Granada, Almeria, Murcia, Valencia and Castellón.  The  coast of Galicia and Asturias is on yellow alert for coastal phenomena.

In a statement by the Interior Ministry's department they ask citizens to avoid travelling by car in the most affected areas which are expected to be the central and southeast quadrant of the peninsula and on access roads to large cities where there may be delays.

If you must travel by road, then be alert to the possibility of ice, keep an eye on information about the weather situation and road conditions, check your vehicle before starting out, follow the recommendations of Trafico, fill your tank with fuel and carry chains. Civil Protection also advise people to take warm clothing and a mobile phone with spare battery and or car charger.

As reported by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET); the snow is affecting mostly the centre and the southeast of the peninsula, especially the Valencian Community, Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia, Madrid, the area of ​​the mountains, and Andalusia, where the heaviest snow is expected in Almeria, Jaen and Granada.

I know this sounds like sour grapes but Pamela and I do not receive the winter fuel allowance. However, we still face hefty bills for gas during the winter months like everyone else.

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