The Government activates a pre-alert for more Calima in the Canary Islands
The Government of the Canary Islands, through the Directorate General of Emergencies, has declared a pre-alert for extreme calima in the whole archipelago, effective from today, February 1st, at 9:00am.
This decision has been made based on information provided by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) and other available sources, in accordance with the Specific Emergency Plan for the Canary Islands due to Risks of Adverse Meteorological Phenomena (PEFMA).
The calima is expected to persist for “a few days” bringing variable particle concentrations across the islands from the east, ranging between 50 and 100 micrograms/m3 a day.
Because these weather conditions can pose health problems for people with chronic and/or respiratory diseases, the Canary Islands Government is advising the public to take precautions and has issued some health recommendations:
They advise that it is important to keep doors and windows closed and, if possible, avoid going outside if you suffer from a chronic respiratory illness. Additionally, staying hydrated, avoiding dry environments, and ensuring access to regular medication are essential measures.
Furthermore, people are encouraged not to engage in strenuous physical exercise during this time. Due to potential reduced visibility on the roads, drivers are urged to moderate their speed to prevent accidents.
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