Snowfall surprises Spain after an early heat wave

STORY: The surprise snowfall happened in La Raya, a mountainous area of Asturias.

Meanwhile, hail and heavy rain fell in Mediterranean parts of Spain including Catalonia and Valencia after months without a drop.

Spain has registered the driest start to a year since records started, the Spanish state weather forecaster AEMET said on Wednesday, with less than half the average rainfall during the first four months of 2023.

Spain has recorded 11 hotter-than-normal days so far this year. That's more than twice the number typically observed during a full year.