The official start of summer this week heralds a period of scorching temperatures in the Canary Islands, with values expected to soar above 35 degrees Celsius starting next Monday.
According to Rubén Del Campo, the spokesperson for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), this season will bring temperatures that surpass the normal average, potentially making it one of the hottest summers on record.
Nevertheless, weather forecasts indicate that this summer will also be characterized by stormy conditions, featuring above-average rainfall. Periods of stability and heat will be interrupted by shorter bouts of unstable weather and storms.
Del Campo explained that such situations are typical during the summer season, but he noted that this year there may be a more frequent alternation between storms and warm days.
Starting from Thursday, the weather will undergo a significant change for several days, owing to atmospheric stability and the potential influx of warm air masses from North Africa’s lower latitudes.
This upcoming warm episode is deemed significant, with daytime temperatures expected to surpass normal values by 5 to 10 degrees. While it is still early to make definitive predictions, the possibility of surpassing the thresholds necessary to declare the first heat wave of the summer of 2023 cannot be ruled out from the weekend onwards.
Consequently, over the next few days, temperatures in the archipelago could exceed 35 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the nights will remain uncomfortably warm, with minimum temperatures hovering around 20-22 degrees.
These high temperatures, with little variation, are expected to persist throughout the following week, accompanied by slightly cloudy skies.