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An approaching western storm set to engulf the Canary Islands

Yellow weather alerts have been issued across the Canary Islands, due to the upcoming storm.

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has termed the current weather conditions as a “storm dance,” which will intensify starting today, bringing widespread rainfall and a notable drop in temperatures across Spain. This weather pattern, more reminiscent of winter, could lead to accumulations of over 40 litres per square metre in northern and western regions within the next 72 hours.

Uniquely, the Canary Islands are also expected to be impacted, prompting Aemet to issue yellow warnings for heavy rain and potential storms throughout the archipelago. Starting midday, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro will be under alert, with Tenerife following by afternoon. Rain will reach Gran Canaria in the evening, although no storms are anticipated there, Lanzarote, or Fuerteventura, with precipitation expected around midnight.

An approaching western storm set to engulf the Canary Islands

The warnings are set to end early tomorrow in the western province and Gran Canaria, but rain might persist longer in the eastern islands. The diverse microclimates of the Canary Islands mean varying weather impacts, with showers particularly expected on southern and western slopes, potentially intense and thunderous.

Temperature fluctuations will occur across the archipelago, with a slight rise in minimum temperatures and variable changes in maximum temperatures depending on the area. Wind conditions will also shift, with southwest winds becoming occasionally strong, especially on the mountainous islands’ exposed slopes during the afternoon.

In light of these weather conditions, the Canary Islands Government has advised the public to exercise caution and follow self-protection guidelines to minimize risks. This advisory is crucial for ensuring safety during the fluctuating and potentially hazardous weather conditions expected across the islands.

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