Filomena leaves the Canary Islands, but expect a showery Sunday
The Canary Islands have the effects of storm Filomena this weekend, which has brought high winds that have reached over 100 kilometers per hour in some parts of the archipelago, and temperatures that have been below zero degrees, according to data from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
Yesterday, two of the ten points with the highest gusts of wind in the the whole of Spain have been located on the islands. The 107 km/h registered in the Aemet weather station in Izaña, in the Teide National Park, and the 85 km/h registered in Alto Igualero, in the municipality of Vallehermoso in La Gomera, stand out.
The archipelago has also been affected by the cold, which has been noticed mainly in Izaña, where temperatures of -3.9ºC were recorded. At Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma the thermometer dropped to 2.9ºC; in the Vega de San Mateo in Gran Canaria there was a minimum of 0.4ºC; in Cruz de Tejeda also in Gran Canaria, 2.0ºC, and in Alto Igualero in La Gomera, 2.2ºC. Having said that, these don’t compare with the new record low in mainland Spain of -35.7 ºC registered yesterday.
Regarding the accumulated rainfall, the 26.8 litres per square metre that have been registered in San Juan de la Rambla stand out; 26 mm in Candelaria; 22.2 mm in Llano de los Loros, in La Laguna; 20.7 mm in Puerto de la Cruz, and 20.6 in La Victoria de Acentejo. In fact although disastrous for the hospitality industry, this week’s rain has been welcomed for reservoirs and landscapes that desperately needed irrigating.
Along the way, there have been some spectacular pictures shared online of the after effects of the storm, particularly the snowy of the islands.
The weather forecast for today, Sunday, indicates that in the north of Gran Canaria there will be cloudy skies, with scattered showers during the day. In the rest of the island there will be cloudy intervals, with a low probability of some weak rain in the middle of the day, according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet),
Temperatures will be much the same and the wind will be medium to strong from the northwest, more intense in the northern midlands and peaks.
In Lanzarote and Fuerteventura there will be cloudy intervals with more persistent rains during the morning in the north and west. The maximum temperatures will remain unchanged and the minimum ones will rise slightly. Likewise, the wind will blow from the northwest with strong intervals in inland areas and the extreme north and south coasts.
In the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the weather forecast for today indicates that in the north of the islands it will be cloudy, in general, with locally moderate and persistent showers. In the rest there will be cloudy intervals, getting cloudier in the south in the afternoon, with a low probability of some light rain.
Minimum temperatures will remain unchanged or rise slightly and the maximums will creep up also. There will be probable weak frosts in high areas, mainly in the early morning. The wind will be moderate to strong from north to northwest, more intense inland and in high areas of the northern half of the islands. At high central peaks there will be a strong northwest wind.