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The temperature drops in the Canary Islands, yet the wind rises

The week with highest temperatures of the year in the Canary Islands is ending with strong gusts of air of up to 75 kilometres per hour.

Yesterday did not see a repetition of the record-breaking temperatures witnessed the previous Wednesday during a heat wave that affected much of the region. However, the week remained the hottest of the year so far for the Canary Islands. The combination of high temperatures and the lingering haze from the neighboring continent continued to impact daily life and dominate conversations among locals and visitors.

Interestingly, a drop in temperature is expected today, prompting the Canary Islands Government to issue alerts for specific areas of Gran Canaria. However, the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has issued warnings for strong winds in parts of Tenerife, such as the metropolitan area.

Regarding yesterday’s data, the highest temperatures were recorded at the Doramas Forest Centre in Telde and Agüimes, both in Gran Canaria, reaching 37.3 and 37 degrees Celsius, respectively. Santa Cruz de Tenerife claimed the third and fourth spots with 36.9 and 36.8 degrees, the latter measured in the Macizo de Anaga.

To provide a sense of the day’s conditions, the lowest temperature recorded yesterday in the Canary Islands was 16.9 degrees in Las Cañadas del Teide in the early morning.

Yesterday’s data also serves as an indication of today’s weather, with sustained winds reaching 55 kilometers per hour in La Aldea de San Nicolás, Gran Canaria, and occasional gusts reaching 84 kilometers per hour, one of the highest in Spain.

As a result of these conditions, the Directorate General for Security and Emergencies of the Canary Islands Government updated the alerts related to high temperatures, transforming them into pre-alerts for the province of Las Palmas, excluding the south of Gran Canaria. Several municipalities, including Artenara, La Aldea de San Nicolás, Mogán, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Agüimes, Ingenio, Telde, and Valsequillo, remained on alert.

With the heat expected to ease today, attention has turned to strong winds. The Aemet has issued warnings for gusts in La Gomera, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, the metropolitan area of Tenerife, and the southern slopes of Gran Canaria. Pre-alerts have been issued, starting this morning in Lanzarote and extending to other islands throughout the day. Wind speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour are anticipated. The Aemet also warns of adverse coastal phenomena in Tenerife, El Hierro, and La Gomera from midday. These forecasts for strong winds and rough seas will remain in effect tomorrow for these islands and Gran Canaria.

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