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The unusual temperatures due to the Saharan dust passage over the Canary Islands

This week, the Canary Islands experienced the highest temperatures recorded in Spain, with all of the top four spots belonging to the archipelago.

Last Wednesday, meteorology expert Samuel Biener from Meteored issued a warning about the potential impact of a “large tongue of Saharan dust” on the Canary Islands, which could result in “anomalous heat.”

True to this prediction, a subtropical air mass brought exceptionally high temperature to the archipelago this Friday, surpassing 30 degrees Celsius and adversely affecting air quality.

According to data collected from weather stations operated by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the Canary Islands recorded the highest temperatures in the country this week, defying seasonal norms.

Leading the temperature rankings was the municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura, where the mercury soared to 32.7 degrees Celsius. Following closely behind was the town of Antigua in Majorca, where temperatures reached 32 degrees Celsius.

The unusual temperatures due to the Saharan dust passage over the Canary Islands

The third and fourth highest temperatures were also recorded in the eastern province, specifically on the island of Lanzarote. Haría and Tinajo registered data of 31.7 and 31.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The Olivia squall brings a cold front and a drop in temperatures

However, relief is on the horizon as a cold front associated with the Olivia squall is expected to reach the Canary Islands, bringing rainfall on Saturday, particularly in the northern regions. Additionally, this weather system will usher in a drop in temperatures, providing respite from the recent heatwave. David Suárez, spokesperson for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) in the Canary Islands, conveyed this information to DIARIO DE AVISOS.

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