Its mayor Madrid recommended today to all residents to remain in their homesas the capital prepares for torrential rains and storms which will affect some areas of Spain.

The national meteorological service AEMET has issued a ‘red’ warning, meaning the possibility of extreme danger, for today in the Madrid region, the province of Toledo and the city of Cádiz.

He mentioned how up to 120 liters of rain per square kilometer are expected to fallwithin 12 hours in Madrid.

“Due to the unusual and unnatural situation, in which rainfall ceilings will be broken, I call on the people of Madrid to stay indoors today,” Madrid Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Dark storm clouds were gathering over Madrid in the early afternoon today, but many people were out on the streets as usual.

“I think (the red alert) is a good idea,” said Madrid resident Manuel Loro, 42. “The best thing for us to do is not to use the car today. It will be more difficult at six o’clock, so we will go home early.”

Madrid’s emergency services sent messages to residents warning them for flood risk and advising them not to use vehicles.

In Alcanar, Tarragona, on Spain’s east coast, emergency services also advised residents to stay indoors due to flooding after 215 liters of rain per square meter fell in the past 24 hours.