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Surging temperatures: Tenerife reaches 40ºC, Gran Canaria Hits 42ºC

The elevated temperatures are expected to persist until Tuesday, leading to the closure of summit access. This closure will hinder both the pilgrimage to Candelaria through the mountains and the ability to ascend for Perseids observations.

The ongoing heatwave, which commenced yesterday, has engulfed the islands with maximum temperatures surpassing 40ºC in Tenerife, La Gomera, and La Palma. El Hierro and Fuerteventura recorded 39 degrees, while Lanzarote reached 35 degrees, and the peak was seen in several locations across Gran Canaria, hitting 42 degrees. These high temperatures are expected to persist until next week.

From 10:00 AM onwards, temperatures soared above 36 degrees in the central regions of southern Gran Canaria, with further intensification from 2:00 PM due to the arrival of a mass of warm, dry African air accompanied by high-altitude haze. This weather pattern impacted the eastern and southern slopes of the central regions, inland areas, and summits, particularly noticeable in the eastern islands and Tenerife.

According to data from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), Gran Canaria registered the highest temperatures, with places like Tasarte in La Aldea de San Nicolas recording 42.3 degrees Celsius at 5:00 PM. Other notable readings included Lomo Pedro Alfonso in San Bartolomé Tirajana reaching 42.2ºC at 3:00 PM, El Milano in Agüimes at 4:00 PM with 41.5ºC, and Las Tirajanas in San Bartolomé hitting 40.1 degrees at 2:20 PM.

Additional noteworthy records include Tejera with 37.8ºC, Suerte Alta in Agaete at 37.6ºC, Cuevas del Pinar in San Bartolomé at 37.1ºC, Valleseco at 35.7ºC, and Centro Forestal in Telde and Maspalomas both at 35ºC.

In the Aemet station of Arure in La Gomera, the maximum temperature reached 40.4 degrees at 2:40 PM, with the capital San Sebastián at 35.4ºC, Alto Igualadero in Vallehermoso at 35 degrees, La Dama in Vallehermoso at 34ºC, and Agulo at 30 degrees.

La Palma experienced high temperatures in its western and southern regions, with El Paso at 40.2ºC, Tijarafe at 37.6ºC, Puntagorda at 36.1ºC, Tazacorte at 30.9ºC, Fuencaliente at 29ºC, San Andrés y Sauces at 28.9ºC, and Roque Los Muchachos at 28.4ºC.

Meanwhile, in Tenerife, the heat was most intense in the south, west, and metropolitan areas. Chío in Guía de Isora reached 40 degrees, Llano Los Loros in La Laguna at 35.3ºC, Candelaria at 34.7ºC, Tenerife North Airport at 34.4ºC, Tenerife South Airport at 33.4 degrees, Anaga Station in Santa Cruz at 32.6ºC, Adeje at 32.1 degrees, Santa Cruz at 31.3 degrees, Güímar and Arico at 30.5ºC, the Parador de Las Cañadas at 28.6ºC, and Puerto de la Cruz at 28.3ºC.

El Hierro also experienced heightened heat, with an unusual 39.9 degrees in Timijiraque, 37.2ºC in the Depósito de El Pinar, and 35.6 degrees in San Andrés in Valverde.

The easternmost islands saw maximum records in east-facing and inland areas due to their proximity to the African continent and high-altitude haze. In Fuerteventura, Pájara reported 39ºC, Puerto de Gran Tarajal in Tuineje at 35ºC, and Antigua at 34.1 degrees. Tías in Lanzarote reached 32.8 degrees, César Manrique Airport recorded 36ºC, San Bartolomé at 35.6 degrees, and Playa Blanca at 32.6 degrees. In La Graciosa, Caleta de Sebo registered 27.8ºC.

Regarding minimum temperatures, some areas in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, experienced notably warm early mornings, with temperatures remaining above 30ºC. The lowest temperatures were recorded in El Hierro, including San Andrés and the capital Valverde, ranging between 15.6ºC and 17.9ºC. In the North of Tenerife, San Juan de la Rambla and La Victoria registered 16ºC, while Agulo in La Gomera saw 17.4 degrees.

Temperatures of up to 40ºC

Surging temperatures: Tenerife reaches 40ºC, Gran Canaria hits 42ºC

The first heatwave of the summer will continue today, tomorrow, and until the middle of next week, with temperatures projected to rise further. Maximum temperatures of 40ºC will be reached, and in certain areas, local temperatures could even exceed 43 to 45 degrees in the central regions of southern Gran Canaria. The most affected areas will include the highest parts of the islands, central regions, southern and western slopes of the more elevated islands, inland areas, and the southern slopes of the easternmost islands. The influence of the warm and dry air mass is expected to persist until Sunday or Monday when it will begin to slightly subside.

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