The rain chose La Palma!

2020/10/07 09:03:50 Written by Canarian Weekly National

Although there wasn’t the heavy rains or storms, AEMET were right in predicting that unpleasant weather would arrive on the Islands, and have taken unfair criticism online from people who can’t see past their own area.

As expected, everything was concentrated in the early hours of the morning or during the morning, to such an extent that the alert activated by the Government of the Canary Islands as a preventative measure was actually cancelled shortly after 3pm yesterday afternoon.

In fact, the rain chose La Palma, where significant rainfall fell, to the point where it was the place with the greatest intensity recorded in the entire country yesterday morning, whilst parts of La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, all experienced rain.

Although the temperatures did not vary from the usual in previous days, with the regional maximum in Puerto de la Cruz (26.2 degrees Celsius) and the minimum in Izaña (10.2), the wind had an average of 54 km/h on the Tenerife summit, although the most powerful wind was in Maspalomas (Gran Canaria), where it reached 70 kilometres per hour during yesterday.

There were also several incidents related to bad weather including flight diversions and cancellations at the two Tenerife airports, as well as some traffic accidents, among whose causes the wetness of roads cannot be ruled out.

Official sources from Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA) reported yesterday, that a total of five flights were diverted from Los Rodeos to Reina Sofía (three coming from Madrid, another more from El Hierro and the remainder from La Palma), and one more diversion to Gran Canaria, also from Madrid.

Regarding cancellations, there was one arrival and two departures, all of them in Tenerife North and related to the Barajas-Adolfo Suárez airport, all due to fog at Los Rodeos airport in the north of Tenerife.