Canary Islands Government declares fourth pre-alert for Calima this year

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 17-03-2024
  • National
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Canary Islands Government declares fourth pre-alert for Calima this year

The Government, through the Directorate General of Emergencies, has declared a pre-alert situation for Calima (fine Saharan dust) in the Canary Islands, starting from 9:00am today, Sunday, March 17th.

This is the fourth pre-alert declared in the islands so far in 2024, a year dominated by this type of meteorological phenomenon.

This decision is made considering the information provided by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and other available sources in accordance with the Specific Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands for Risks of Adverse Meteorological Phenomena (PEFMA).

This latest episode of suspended dust will primarily affect Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, as well as inland areas, summits, and southern slopes of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and the western islands.

The suspended dust particle haze will cause reduced visibility and air quality and could generate or exacerbate health problems for people with chronic or respiratory diseases.


- Keep doors and windows closed, and avoid going outside if you suffer from chronic respiratory diseases.

- Ensure you have a supply of your usual medication.

- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid dry environments.

- Do not engage in strenuous physical exercise while this situation lasts.

- If you feel unwell, seek medical attention.

- In this situation, visibility is significantly reduced. If driving, exercise extreme caution, turn on lights, and reduce speed.