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Mediterranean and Canaries to escape Hallowe'en weekend downpours
30 October 2019 @ 11:53

IF YOU'RE hoping for a dry, sunny Hallowe'en where you might even be able to relax on the beach, the Mediterranean or the Canary Islands are where you should be – everywhere else is going to be wet and, at high altitudes and in the far north, cold, too, say weathermen.

This Friday (November 1) is a bank holiday across the country and in many other parts of Europe and Latin America for All Saints' Day, when it is traditional for families in Spain to visit their local cemeteries and dress the graves of their departed loved ones.

Most town councils throw on free buses throughout what is sometimes known as 'the Day of the Dead', and for florists, in the run-up to November 1, more trade is conducted ahead of this one day of the year than in several months at any other season, with the exception being in Catalunya – Saint George's, or Sant Jordi's Day, on April 23 sees flower and book stalls lining the streets of every major town and city.

As All Saints' Day falls on a Friday this year, many Spanish residents will take advantage of three days off work on the trot and go away for the weekend, so it is likely literally millions of cars will be out on the roads, particularly those heading for countryside holiday hotspots and the coasts.

Anyone planning to travel between Thursday night and Sunday night should allow plenty of extra time and keep abreast of traffic authority (DGT) bulletins to help them avoid the worst of the gridlocks.

Starting Wednesday, it is expected to rain heavily in Galicia, Asturias and western Castilla y León, possibly spreading to other parts of the north and north-central areas of the mainland, although the sun will be shining brightly elsewhere.



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