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Autumn approaches: farewell to heat as rain arrives in northern Tenerife

The Canary Islands Government has decided to lift the high-temperature and forest fire risk alerts after experiencing a heatwave anomaly not seen in 60 years for the past two weeks.

Since the beginning of October, the Canary Islands have been grappling with haze and heatwave due to a calima, as observed in satellite images from NASA. However, after enduring two weeks of scorching conditions, clouds have returned to the archipelago, bringing relief to the region. Some areas in the north of Tenerife even received light rainfall, which was a welcome occurrence for residents, farmers, and those monitoring the longest forest fire in Tenerife’s history.

Despite the cooling trend, the heatwave didn’t let go without a fight. Three locations in the Canary Islands ranked among the top ten warmest places in Spain, according to the State Meteorological Agency. Notably, only Tasarte in Gran Canaria and Anaga and Adeje in Tenerife made the list, a departure from the previous days when the Canary Islands dominated the rankings.

Autumn approaches: farewell to heat as rain arrives in northern Tenerife.
Since the beginning of October, the Canary Islands have been affected by calima and high temperatures, as can be seen in the image from space. | NASA

The most significant development was the appearance of light showers in the northern part of the island. By late afternoon, La Victoria de Acentejo received 2.2 liters per square meter, while San Juan de la Rambla received 0.6 liters per square meter, as reported by the State Meteorological Agency.

These showers have contributed to cooling the ground affected by the persistent forest fire that broke out more than two months ago. Despite the improved weather conditions, the forest fire alert in Tenerife has been extended until Sunday, October 29.

The State Meteorological Agency’s forecast indicates the possibility of weak, scattered, and occasional showers on the mountainous islands, potentially becoming moderate in the northeast midlands of Tenerife during the central hours of the day. Temperatures are expected to decrease moderately, particularly in the midlands of the south and east.

Weather forecast: conclusion of a heatwave

For tomorrow, there are no significant variations expected, except for some late-day rain in La Palma and El Hierro. However, on Friday, cloudy skies and rainfall are predicted during the first half of the day and early afternoon. There is also a possibility of occasional heavy rainfall and storms on Sunday in the western islands due to the influence of a frontal system.

The Canary Islands Government has officially ended the pre-alert situation for maximum temperatures in the archipelago and the maximum alert for the risk of forest fires in several islands, noting the decrease in temperatures and the rise in humidity.

Meanwhile, on the Spanish Peninsula, an Atlantic front associated with a squall from high latitudes is forecasted to bring heavy rain, particularly in Galicia, before advancing to affect other regions. In addition, some areas in Spain have already experienced significant rainfall, providing much-needed relief from drought conditions.

In summary, the Canary Islands are finally experiencing a reprieve from the intense heat, with the return of clouds and even some light rain, while the Spanish Peninsula braces for heavy rainfall associated with an Atlantic front.

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