A RAINY AND WINDY COLD FRONT IN THE CANARY ISLANDS TODAY
Rain, strong violent winds, and dangerous sea conditions are being forecast for today by AEMET, the State Meteorological Agency, in the Canary Islands, and weather warnings for all these have been issued.
The Canarian Government have decreed a wind alert in Tenerife that is active from eight o’clock this morning, and from midday in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Aemet has posted an explanation for these meteorological changes on their Twitter account, saying "it is a polar maritime air mass, characterized by the arrival of cold air that destabilizes the atmosphere and makes temperatures drop significantly in high areas."
Regarding the Aemet weather warnings, they vary from island to island as from 10pm last night, the warnings for strong winds were activated throughout the province, and for rain in the north of Tenerife. All of them are maintained and a warning for strong waves was added from midnight, and is in place for the rest of today and will continue until tomorrow afternoon. Also note that the warning for strong winds increases from yellow to orange from 11am today to 10pm tonight.
Aemet also forecast that skies will be “cloudy to overcast, while the showers will be weak to moderate in general, and more abundant on the northern sides on the islands of greater relief, and they expect light snow above 2,000 metres of altitude.”
In addition, there is “a probability of occasional heavy rains and storms in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, while temperatures will drop, and winds will blow from the northwest with very strong gusts”.
In addition, in the alert from the Canary Islands Government for winds, predict “moderate to strong and gusty northwest winds in Tenerife with an average speed variable between 30 and 50 km/h, but of 60 km/h and above in Cañadas del Teide. The maximum gusts expected are between 70 and 110 km/h and local gusts of up to 130 km/h at Mt Teide.”
As for Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, the forecast is that the “wind will be moderate to strong and gusty from the northwest. Average wind speed variable between 50 and 60 km/h while the maximum gusts could be between 70 and 100 km/h.
Regarding rain, the most recorded yesterday was in La Laguna, with an average of 22.2 litres per square metre over 24 hours, although 19.2 in Anaga was also recorded.