These are all of the active weather warnings and alerts in the Canary Islands

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 11-04-2024
  • National
  • Photo Credit: Gobcan
These are all of the active weather warnings and alerts in the Canary Islands

The Directorate General of Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands announced the termination of several alerts this morning (Thursday) that had been active throughout the archipelago. As of midday, the risk of coastal flooding, the alert for strong winds, and the pre-alert for coastal phenomena have all been lifted.

This decision was made after assessing information provided by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and other available sources and in accordance with the Special Civil Protection and Emergency Attention Plan for Flood Risk in the Canary Islands (PEINCA) and the Specific Emergency Plan for Risks of Adverse Meteorological Phenomena in the Canary Islands (PEFMA).

Active Alerts still in force:

Three alerts remain active in the islands due to the subtropical ridge that arrived in the archipelago late on Tuesday night, bringing anomalous temperatures for this time of year.

Specifically, there is a weather warning for high temperatures and a pre-alert for calima throughout the Canary Islands, which was declared yesterday, Wednesday. The forecast indicates that temperatures will reach up to 34 degrees Celsius in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and up to 36 degrees Celsius in the western and southern slopes of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, with similar values locally in the rest.

The extreme temperatures will be accompanied by dry air and calima, which began in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and has spread to the rest of the islands. This has reduced visibility and could exacerbate health problems for people with chronic and/or respiratory diseases.

Additionally, the regional government declared an alert for the risk of forest fires from Tuesday for El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera above 400 metres, Tenerife in the risk area established by the Cabildo (except for the area affected by the Arafo forest fire, which remains in an Emergency Situation), and Gran Canaria above 400 metres.

The temperature inversion will persist but will be at less than 400 metres altitude for several days, with relative humidity expected to be below 30%. This situation adds to the meteorological drought and rainfall deficits, especially in the southern and western slopes of the islands.