Madrid, Spain – In a surprising turn of events, the highly anticipated Atlético-Sevilla match scheduled for this evening has been abruptly suspended due to the AEMET’s red alert warning of torrential downpours and the potential for record-breaking rainfall. With a staggering forecast of up to 300 liters per square meter throughout the day, authorities have deemed it necessary to prioritize the safety of players and spectators alike.
The official meteorological agency, AEMET, has issued a red alert for the Community of Madrid, with the warning extending into tomorrow. As a result, residents have been strongly advised to limit their outdoor activities and refrain from unnecessary travel. The severity of the situation has prompted the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, to urge citizens to exercise extreme caution and follow the instructions of local authorities.
This is not the first time Madrid has experienced such extreme weather conditions. Just a few weeks ago, on May 29th, heavy rainfall and torrential storms wreaked havoc in the city, causing disruptions on major highways and flooding that led to the suspension of several metro lines. The impact of that rainfall was a stark reminder of the potential consequences of such intense precipitation.
To put the current situation into perspective, meteorologist Fernando Villalba highlighted the significance of the predicted rainfall. “For those unfamiliar with the implications of 200mm of rain in Madrid,” he explained, “the record for 24 hours stands at 87mm, which occurred on September 21, 1972. This forecasted rainfall would be equivalent to half of the city’s annual rainfall in just one day.”
The decision to suspend the Atlético-Sevilla match not only ensures the safety of players and fans but also acknowledges the potential risks associated with navigating the city during such adverse weather conditions. Emergency services have urged residents to return to the capital early and avoid unnecessary travel, particularly in the afternoon when the heaviest rainfall is expected.
As Madrid braces itself for this unprecedented weather event, it is essential for residents to remain vigilant and heed the warnings issued by local authorities. The city’s municipal services are working diligently to minimize the potential consequences of this weather phenomenon, known as DANA. By prioritizing safety and taking necessary precautions, the people of Madrid can mitigate the impact of this extraordinary rainfall.
🚨 LALIGA ha decidido el aplazamiento del #AtletiSevillaFC ante la alerta roja de AEMET, las recomendaciones del Ayto. Madrid y tras mantener conversaciones durante la mañana con RFEF, CSD y ambos clubes.
— LALIGA Corporativo (@LaLigaCorp) September 3, 2023