Cloudier but calmer today

By: esteban9 , 7:48 AM GMT on April 11, 2010

Well, those clouds I predicted on Friday for this weekend have finally arrived, leisurely wending their way from the south as part of the weak cyclonic gyre over the Moroccan coast. There are even a few showers over Malaga and Cadiz provinces, although most of this rain is not reaching the ground. The cyclonic circulation will weaken further as it moves over Andalucia, so I will stick to my guns and say there will be little precipitation over the area (maybe some light showers over mountains). There will be much more cloudiness today than yesterday, however, particularly over the eastern half of the region. As posited yesterday, the Levante is already beginning to weaken (Gibraltar winds down to 24 knots).

There will be substantial clearing overnight. Nevertheless, today's cloudiness heralds the end of our predominantly sunny pattern, at least for the coming week. A major closed low is forming to the southwest of Iberia and wobble slowly across the peninsula during the last half of the week. The first band of significant precipitation associated with this low should arrive early Wednesday, and showers will linger until at least Saturday. So, we'll have something more to discuss than the Levante this week, as spring finally demonstrates that it's not going to remain tame during its entire tenure in the south of Spain!

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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