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New episode of calima and temperatures reaching 30ºC in the Canary Islands

The State Meteorological Agency has issued a yellow warning for two islands due to the presence of calima (suspended dust), while the regional government has declared the fourth pre-alert of the year.

This Sunday, 17th March, the Canary Islands are bracing for a new episode of calima (haze) that is expected to linger over the entire archipelago throughout the day. The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has taken action, issuing a yellow warning for the presence of suspended dust in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Additionally, the Canary Islands Government has declared a pre-alert status, marking the fourth such occurrence this year.

According to Aemet, the haze will primarily impact Lanzarote and Fuerteventura during the latter part of the day. Moreover, the forecast indicates that maximum temperatures will surpass normal values for this time of year, especially in the eastern province, where temperatures are expected to exceed 30°C, particularly in Fuerteventura.

In the westernmost islands, skies are anticipated to remain clear with occasional low cloud formations in the north. Meanwhile, in the central islands, intervals of high clouds are expected to gradually dissipate from midday onward, except for low-lying areas in the north, where periods of low clouds are forecasted.

New episode of calima and temperatures reaching 30ºC in the Canary Islands

Temperatures are forecasted to rise slightly along the southern and eastern slopes but will decrease in other regions. This temperature variation may be particularly noticeable in the high-altitude regions of the western and northern parts of the eastern islands.

As a result, temperatures are projected to exceed 32°C in the eastern part of Fuerteventura and 30°C in Lanzarote, as well as in the southern regions of Gran Canaria. The prevailing wind direction will be from the northeast, strengthening in the afternoon, while remaining light overall. Additionally, southerly winds are expected to prevail in the midlands and summits.

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