Europe braces for heavy rain, floods, 5-meter waves predicted in Spain

General view of La Concha bay at dawn, in San Sebastian, Basque Country, northern Spain. EPA-EFE/Javier Etxezarreta

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Parts of Europe are braced for Storm Jorge this weekend, which is expected to bring yet more rain to flood-hit Britain — and Saharan dust across southern Europe.

Rain warnings were issued in Ireland, where Met Eireann said heavy rain would “worsen the flooding situation across the country”. The western part of the island is also set for “severe winds”.

In the early hours of Saturday, a “critical incident” has been declared in South Wales by police after more flooding and wild weather overnight – with Storm Jorge due to bring heavy rain, winds of up to 60mph and snow to the UK.

Britain’s Met Office has forecast that between 60-80mm of rain could fall in Wales and northern England over the weekend.

“With rain falling on already saturated ground, further flooding is possible in places,” it warned.

The UK, still reeling from the impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara, already has 88 flood warnings in place.

Meanwhile, the Spanish meteorological agency (AEMET) has placed the country’s Atlantic coast under yellow alert, with an orange warning for the municipality of A Coruna.

It has warned that waves of up to 5 metres could batter the coast.

The storm will also usher another episode of “calima” — when strong, warm winds laden with sand and dust particles from the Sahara blow northwards towards Europe.

This can have an impact on air quality and on infrastructure. One such episode last weekend in the Canary Islands, off the coast of Morocco, grounded flights.

According to forecasts, the calima could even reach Austria, Poland or Ukraine, although in very small concentrations.

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