Canary Islands on yellow weather warning as heavy rains expected today

2020/11/25 07:24:19 Written by Canarian Weekly National

An Atlantic storm coming in from in the east is going bring instability to the Canary Islands after days of ‘abnormally high’ temperatures for this time of year. There will be heavy rain today in parts of Tenerife and Lanzarote, hence the yellow warning, although some rain is expected in all of the islands.

According to the State Meteorology Agency in the Canary Islands (Aemet), in the North of Tenerife, specifically the La Orotava Valley, Anaga and the metropolitan area, as well in Lanzarote, it is expected that 15 litres of rain per square metre will be exceeded in an hour, expected from 3pm this afternoon, with the weather warning in place until midnight tonight.

Temperatures across the islands are dropping to highs of 22º Celsius, with overnight lows of 14 degees, and winds are generally light from a north direction in the eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, reaching 10 km/h in Gran Canaria. They are stronger in the western islands, and in fact Tenerife will be the windiest today with gusts up to 20 km/h from the north west.

In fact, wind will be the main protagonist tomorrow, with Tenerife and Lanzarote having an orange weather warning as the rains will be joined by strong winds and bad sea conditions. Waves up to four metres high are expected due to poorly combined wind force and gusts of wind exceeding 80 km/h, which will affect the entire archipelago, and Aemet say that on the coast of La Laguna, the wind could exceed 90km/h.

Due to the westerly winds, the haze has finally disappeared bringing a drop in temperatures and the possibility of snow on the summit of Mt Teide, where the minimum temperature is expected to drop from the current 4 degrees to below zero.
Not a huge amount of snow is predicted as there is not much cloud forecast in the middle of the island, but unpredictable winds could change that during the course of the day.