Gota fría, or "cold drop", is a weather phenomenon often occurring in the Spanish autumn. It is experienced particularly along the western Mediterranean and as such, most frequently affects the east coast of Spain (although it is by no means limited to this area).
Gota fría is the name given to the storms. These most commonly take place after the summer months when the sea temperature is still high, but the temperature in upper airstreams suddenly drops. The warm air, saturated with water vapour, rises and cools too quickly when meeting the upper airstreams. The result is extremely intense rainfall, accompanied by high winds (up to 140 km/h), hail and thunderstorms.
A gota fría is more intense on or close to the coast, and can be powerful enough to uproot trees.
Expect extremely heavy rain, flash flooding, power cuts and no telephone reception.
The Cartagena Ayuntamiento provides very clear guidance on how to prepare and what to do in the event of storms.
Avoid unnecessary danger:
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