Yesterday, the Canary Islands Government issued a pre-alert for maximum temperatures across the archipelago, starting today at 10:00 a.m. This pre-alert is in response to the anticipated heatwave and the presence of high-altitude haze in the western province, which has already affected the eastern regions since yesterday and is expected to persist until the upcoming weekend.
Additionally, the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has extended the yellow warning (indicating risk) to cover the entire Canary Islands. This warning initially encompassed the eastern islands and Tenerife due to the expected high temperatures and the presence of high-altitude haze in the western province, which is affecting the eastern regions.
The pre-alert for heat is based on Aemet’s forecast, which anticipates temperatures that could reach or exceed 34 degrees Celsius in the midlands of the southern and western parts of Gran Canaria. It is also expected to reach up to 32 degrees Celsius in many areas throughout the archipelago. This heatwave is in line with the Plan for Risks of Adverse Meteorological Phenomena (PEFMA). The hot weather is expected to persist until the following weekend and will primarily affect the midlands and inland areas in the south.
The Canary Islands Government has urged the population to follow the self-protection recommendations provided by the Directorate General for Security and Emergencies. These guidelines include being cautious about the risk of dehydration or heatstroke, avoiding outdoor physical activities, and staying well-hydrated.
According to the Aemet forecast for today, temperatures will continue to rise, with slight increases on the coast and the potential for noticeable warming in inland areas. The sky is expected to have intervals of high clouds, leading to partly cloudy conditions. Additionally, low cloud intervals are anticipated along the northern coasts of the major relief islands, while calima is expected to spread across the region.