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Yellow warnings issued for 5 islands as storms threaten Christmas Eve

The possibility of occasional hail cannot be ruled out in the Canary Islands on Christmas Eve.

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has issued a series of weather warnings for several Canary Islands on Saturday, 23 December. These warnings are associated with rainfall and stormy conditions that are expected to impact Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro, and Gran Canaria. Additionally, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are under a yellow warning for storms.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the weather warnings for different islands:

Yellow warnings issued for five islands as storms threaten Christmas Eve


  • Yellow warnings for rain and storms are in effect from 06:00 to 18:00.
  • Anticipated rainfall includes an accumulation of 20 mm in one hour, primarily in the metropolitan area, east, south, and west regions. Higher rates in the 20-30 mm/h range are possible, especially on the eastern slopes.
  • The possibility of thunderstorms and occasional hail is not ruled out, particularly in the eastern slopes and the metropolitan area of Tenerife.


  • Similar to Tenerife, the rain warning for La Gomera spans from 06:00 to 18:00.
  • On La Palma and El Hierro, the warning begins at 15:00 and concludes at 23:59.
  • An accumulated rainfall of 15 mm in one hour is predicted for all three islands.


  • In the northern part of Gran Canaria, an accumulation of 15 mm of rainfall in one hour is expected, with the possibility of higher rates in the northeast.
  • In the summits, east, south, and west regions of Gran Canaria, an accumulated rainfall of 20 mm in one hour is forecasted.
  • Rainfall rates ranging from 20 to 30 mm/h are possible, particularly on the eastern slopes.

Both the rain and storm warnings for Gran Canaria are in effect from 18:00 hours on 22 December until 11:59 hours on 23 December.

In terms of temperatures, minimum temperatures are expected to slightly drop, while maximum temperatures will remain stable. Temperature ranges include 20-21 degrees Celsius in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma, and San Sebastián de La Gomera, and 13 degrees Celsius in Valverde. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is expected to see temperatures between 23 degrees and 16 degrees Celsius.

The prevailing wind will be light, with a predominantly easterly direction.

These weather warnings highlight the need for residents and visitors in the Canary Islands to stay informed and take precautions during this period of adverse weather conditions.

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