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Alert in the Canary Islands: strong winds, heavy rain, and coastal hazards

Wind speeds in the Canary Islands could reach up to 100 km/h.

The Canary Islands, with the exception of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, are facing yellow (risk) and orange (significant risk) warnings for high winds, potentially reaching speeds of up to 100 km/h in certain parts of the archipelago. This weather alert comes from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

Specifically, La Palma and Tenerife are at a high risk of experiencing maximum gusts of up to 90 km/h, with some areas potentially reaching 100 km/h. Additionally, La Gomera, El Hierro, and Gran Canaria are also under risk warnings. La Palma is particularly at risk from coastal phenomena and heavy rainfall.

The day is expected to bring significant rainfall, with localized heavy and persistent rain in the northwest of the Canary Islands. There will also be intervals of strong winds in the northwest third of the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands.

As a result, a total of nine autonomous communities in Spain are under risk warnings on this Tuesday, January 16, due to rain, coastal phenomena, and winds that could reach speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Alert in the Canary Islands: strong winds, heavy rain, and coastal hazards

In A Coruña, the areas of Rias Baixas and Miño (Pontevedra), and the coast of Huelva have active yellow warnings for coastal phenomena. Additionally, rainfall is causing alerts in the north of Cáceres and the interior of Pontevedra, with an expected rainfall accumulation of 40 mm over 12 hours.

Regarding wind warnings, Asturias, Cantabria, Burgos, Leon, Palencia, Salamanca, Zamora, A Coruña, Lugo, Orense, Pontevedra, Navarra, and La Rioja are all under yellow wind warnings, in addition to the Canary archipelago.

The Peninsula and the Balearic Islands are experiencing the influence of the Atlantic squall ‘Irene,’ leading to abundant cloudiness and precipitation affecting most of the Peninsula. The rain is generally weak and occasional but may be more significant in the west of Galicia and the Central system. Rainfall is less likely in the eastern third and not expected on the Levante coast. Towards the end of the day, rain may intensify in the extreme west of the peninsula and could be accompanied by thunderstorms.

Snowfall is possible in the Pyrenees above 2,000 meters. In the Canary Islands, the passage of a front is resulting in cloudy or overcast skies with rainfall in the western islands, potentially heavy and persistent in La Palma, and occasional rainfall in the rest of the islands.

Temperature-wise, there will be little change or a slight rise, with frost mainly restricted to the Pyrenees.

Finally, the AEMET forecasts south and west winds in most of the country, with strong intervals and very strong gusts expected in the Canary Islands with greater relief. Winds are also expected to increase in the Peninsula, reaching strong intervals in the northwest area.

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