Mallorcan heatwave soaked by surprise storms
Summer was brought to an unexpected end for Mallorca when heavy rain and storms hit the island over the past two days.
This morning, the island woke to a heavily overcast sky promising the continuation of the storm that started Thursday evening. Heavy rain, thunder and lightning ripped through the skies, while the heavy rains resulted in areas on the south west of Mallorca becoming flooded.
A drizzle of rain started at around 18.00h on Thursday, followed by thunder and hailstones and it never stopped, sources at Portals Nous and Andratx told di-ve.com.
While Palma witnessed no serious damages, the beach resort of Calvia and the town of Andratx suffered some localised flooding and lightning strikes which caused fires that were subsequently followed by hail stones and sea tornadoes . No injuries were reported from the 734 calls that flooded the emergency services telephone desk.
The first rain after the heat waves that scorched the Balearic island all summer was welcomed by some who made the most of it by taking lilos and splashing in the flooded streets of El Toro.
Meterological Agency AEMET is forcasting more rain for the following days, but the sun should be shining again by the end of next week hopefully with the mercury floating in the mid-thirties rather than the blistering forties.