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Calima intensifies in the Canary Islands

The weather forecast in the Canary Islands for Wednesday, 24 January, indicates the intensification of calima.

Today’s weather forecast for the Canary Islands from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) suggests a day characterised by periodic high cloud cover, transitioning to medium cloudiness as the afternoon progresses. The phenomenon of calima, a dust-laden haze, will be particularly pronounced on the southern slopes, especially noticeable at the day’s start and conclusion.

Temperature-wise, little fluctuation is expected, with the mercury set to hover between a peak of 24 degrees Celsius in Tenerife and a low of 14 degrees on the island of El Hierro.

Winds are anticipated to be moderate easterlies along the coastlines, interspersed with stronger gusts, and decidedly robust from the southeast across inland and elevated territories. Notably, the northern slopes may experience particularly intense gusts.

For Wednesday, 24 January, in Gran Canaria, the forecast includes periods of high clouds giving way to medium cloud coverage by the afternoon, alongside haze that will significantly impact the southern slopes, particularly in the early hours and again towards evening when visibility may drop to as low as 3,000 metres.

Calima intensifies in the Canary Islands

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are also expected to see similar conditions, with high clouds gradually accompanied by medium clouds by day’s end. Haze will intensify during the latter part of the day, potentially reducing visibility to around 3,000 metres as per Aemet’s reports.

In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, temperatures will remain relatively stable or experience a slight decrease, with highs expected to reach up to 23°C and lows not falling below 17°C.

Wind conditions will feature moderate easterlies along the coastlines, with occasional strong gusts particularly on the northern and southern shores. Inland and at higher altitudes, the southeast winds will be forceful, accompanied by a chance of extremely strong gusts on the summits and northern slopes, especially in the morning. Such intense gusts are anticipated to be less common on the western and southern slopes.

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