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Storm in the Canary Islands: Tenerife watches “with concern” its evolution

A strong storm is approaching the island and could bring rain and winds to the north of the Canary Islands.

The Island Council of Tenerife announced on Monday that it will disclose the measures it intends to implement in response to an approaching storm in the Canary Islands before the week’s end. This impending weather system poses the risk of rain and winds to the northern regions of the Canary Islands.

Expressing concern over the unpredictability of the approaching storm, Rosa Dávila, the president of the Island Council of Tenerife, highlighted the significance of monitoring the situation closely. Collaboration with Civil Protection and the local councils of Tenerife is underway to assess the potential impact and plan accordingly.

Reflecting on the dry and hot winter experienced in 2024, the island’s president recalled the implementation of the Tenerife Fire Prevention Plan on March 1st. She indicated that the specific measures under this plan would be announced imminently.

Regarding the weather outlook for Easter Week, a disturbance known as a DANA (Depression Isolated at High Levels) originating from the Atlantic is anticipated to bring unsettled conditions. This disturbance is expected to result in rainfall and showers affecting large parts of the mainland interior on Wednesday, reaching the southern half and the Canary Islands by Thursday. Temperatures are forecasted to be notably higher than usual, up to 10 degrees Celsius above normal, gradually returning to typical levels by Sunday.

Storm in the Canary Islands: Tenerife watches "with concern" its evolution

According to Rubén del Campoo, spokesperson for the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), the heaviest rains and showers are predicted for Friday and Saturday. While the weekend may see a decrease in precipitation, there remains a possibility of showers in various parts of the mainland, particularly in the northwest.

Del Campo outlined the progression of the storm, noting its influence on cloud cover and precipitation patterns. He cautioned of potential thunderstorms and hail on Wednesday, primarily in the northern regions of the mainland. On Maundy Thursday, showers are expected, with a likelihood of heavier rainfall in the Canary Islands’ northern areas.

Despite the unstable weather, temperatures are forecasted to rise temporarily, particularly in the southern regions, before gradually dropping to normal levels towards the weekend. However, the Canary Islands may experience more intense thundershowers on Good Friday, potentially bringing snow to higher elevations.

Looking ahead to the weekend, temperatures are expected to decrease significantly in the northern regions, contrasting with relatively stable conditions in the southern areas. The possibility of isolated showers persists in mountainous regions, accompanied by a haze caused by suspended dust particles.

Storm in the Canary Islands: Tenerife watches "with concern" its evolution

The forecast for Easter Sunday indicates a further decrease in temperatures across the country, with potential frosts in mountainous areas and scattered showers in the Mediterranean region. Rainfall is expected to continue in the Canary Islands, albeit at a weaker intensity compared to previous days.

Next week, precipitation is anticipated in various regions of mainland Spain, particularly in the northwestern and Cantabrian areas. Temperature fluctuations are expected, with a gradual recovery towards midweek.

Despite some uncertainty in the weather models, forecasts suggest the likelihood of persistent rains in certain regions, notably Galicia, Extremadura, and Andalusia. However, variations in rainfall intensity are also possible across different scenarios.

The storm’s impact will primarily affect the Canary Islands over the weekend, with heavy showers and storms forecasted. Additionally, precipitation is expected in the Cantabrian Sea region, encompassing Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, and the Pyrenees. On Palm Sunday, isolated and weak showers may occur in parts of Andalusia, Murcia, and Valencia as the storm moves north of Africa.

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