Calima, high temperatures, and winds up to 70kmh today in the Canary Islands
According to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), both the provinces of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be hazy with temperatures of up to 30 degrees, and gusts of wind of 70 kilometres per hour today as the calima takes hold of the islands.
Minimum temperatures will also rise slightly, but it’s the maximums that will see the biggest change. They will rise in all areas of the archipelago, but are expected to reach 30ºC on the west coasts of the western islands this afternoon.
The wind will blow moderately from the east to southeast, with strong intervals and occasional gusts exceeding 70kmh on the west slopes. It will decrease later in the day, except in central peaks, where it will continue to blow moderate to strong, and will possibly exceed 90kmh in the middle of the day.
The islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura will be on a yellow warning today (Thursday) due to haze and wind, as reported by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet). Their forecast indicates that it will be clear in Gran Canaria with intervals of high clouds during the afternoon and the presence of haze from the calima, which will be denser in the afternoon and evening, and will greatly reduce visibility.
In the case of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, there will also be clear skies and the presence of haze. Regarding temperatures, the minimums will be 19 degrees and the maximum 26 degrees.
Finally, the wind will blow from the east to the moderate southeast, with strong intervals on the west and north slopes, and gusts of 70kmh during the early morning on the west slope (from Gáldar to Mogán). During the afternoon it will decrease.
Tenerife, La Gomera and the summits of La Palma, also have the yellow warning for gusts of wind that will reach 70 kilometres per hour inland and reaching 90kmh at altitude in Tenerife. Conditions will be very similar to the other islands with haze from the calima, as seen yesterday, reducing visibility and raising temperatures.
The highest temperatures are expected in the south and west coasts of Tenerife where thermometers could pass 30ºC during the day, and minimums will be approaching 20 degrees overnight.