La Laguna has become the ‘oven’ of Spain. The episode of high temperatures that began this Monday has pushed the thermometers of the Islands to the limit, coming to touch for the second consecutive day the 40 degrees celsius in various parts of the Islands. The city of La Laguna, in Tenerife, has been the area most affected by the intense heat that has overwhelmed Canary Islands. Aguere registered 40.6 degrees, making it the second hottest city in Spain, only behind Badajoz, which registered 40.9 degrees. San Bartolome de Tirajana and terror they have followed him, marking maximums of 38.9 and 37.7 degrees on the day when this phenomenon was expected to have a greater impact. The archipelago began to notice the increase in temperatures very early, unlike in recent days. A few hours after dawn, around 9:00 a.m., some stations in the south of Gran Canaria and in the southern midlands of Tenerife they marked maximums of 32 degrees Celsius. The heat soon invaded the entire Archipelago, making even those places that in recent days have been able to weather the increase in temperatures see plunged into embarrassment.
Three areas of the Islands have been the most affected by the high temperatures. La Laguna surpassed all the records of the day in the Canary Islands. It reached 40.6 degrees, the highest in the entire Canary Islands shortly after noon. The high temperatures also affected Tenerife in a station close to it, the Los Rodeos Airport, where it reached 37.4 degrees.
Aguere touches 40 degrees and enters the top of the hottest cities in Spain for a few hours
In Gran Canaria The heat affected to a greater extent two midland areas: Teror (in the north) and San Bartolomé de Tirajana (in the south). San Bartolomé de Tirajana registered a maximum temperature of 38.9 degrees while Teror reached 37.7 degrees. That temperature earned them both to sneak in for a few hours also in the national ranking.
The maximum in Lanzarote It was 36.8 degrees, recorded at the weather stations installed at the island’s airport. The hottest area of Fuerteventura It was also its airport, where temperatures up to 34.9 degrees were recorded. However, according to the Canary Weather website, the Tarajalejo area reached maximum temperatures of 35.7 degrees.
The western province was not spared this time from the intense heat of Wednesday’s day. In La Gomera There are two most affected areas, that of Arure, whose weather station registered a maximum of 36 degrees Celsius and Agulo, which reached 35.9. In the case of The Palm, Fuencaliente and Puntallana reached temperatures above 36 degrees. In The iron the rise in temperatures was milder in most of the island. However, at the summit, Valverde reached 35.4 degrees.
The episode of high temperatures that the Canary Islands are suffering has its origin in the entry of a mass of warm air that blows from the African continent towards the Canary Islands. This air mass has achieved smash the trade winds until their effect is almost imperceptible. However, the continental air mass will begin to lose ground as of Thursday as a result of the reactivation of the Azores anticyclone. “But it will take him a few days to descend,” Suárez anticipates. In fact, even on Friday it will be possible to register 32 degrees locally in the southern midlands of Gran Canaria.
The return of the trade winds will help cool the atmosphere from Thursday
For now, The Aemet maintains for this Thursday the yellow notices for high temperatures in the south of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, the west and peaks of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The forecast is that in all 34 degrees can be reached between 11:00 and 19:00, although in the case of Gran Canaria it can reach 36 degrees. The Ministry of Health, which this Monday activated the notices due to the impact that high temperatures could have on the health of the population, will also maintain the red notice in five municipalities of Gran Canaria: Agüimes, moganSan Bartolome de Tirajana, Santa Lucia de Tirajana and the Village of San Nicolás; and the orange notice for six: Artenara, Ingenuity, saint brigid, tejeda, telde, Valsequillo and Vega de San Mateo. For the rest of the Islands, the term for these notices has expired to preserve public health.
fresh air intake
This episode of high temperatures is very close to meeting the parameters to be considered a heat wave. However, as David Suárez, delegate of the Aemet in the Canary Islands, emphasizes, “it will have to be analyzed once it is finished.” For a phenomenon of this type to be considered a heat wave, it must meet several requirements: last for at least three consecutive days and set maximums above the usual in 10% of the stations throughout the autonomous community.
Despite the reduction in warnings and the entry of fresh air that will give the thermometers a breather, fire prevention measures are still in force both in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In the case of Tenerife, grade 1 measures have been activated since last Tuesday. This means, among other things, the prohibition of making fires outdoors, whether they are barbecues, bonfires, stoves or gas stoves.
Likewise, since then the use of any type of machinery or tool that can project sparks (brushcutters, welding equipment or cutting radials) has been suspended and the use of any pyrotechnic material in risk areas is prohibited. These measures will be reviewed tomorrow but, until now, they will remain in force. In principle, there has not been any fire to regret in recent days.
Also tomorrow, Friday, due to the change in the atmosphere, the southern sea will be rougher than usual. Reason why the Aemet has activated the yellow warning for coastal phenomena in the south of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.