The Canary Islands are noted as a popular holiday destination throughout the year with beautiful weather and warm temperatures. However, this week all the Canary Islands have experience unusual weather phenomena.
Gran Canaria Government has closed roads in the centre of the island to Cazadores, Pozo de las Nieves and Pico de las Nieves due to weather forecasts of snow, hail and rain that can be locally very strong. The rain has also been turning to ice and makes other roads very dangerous, so all roads in this central region are banned from traffic until normal weather returns. The Government has issued recommendations that people do not travel to the highest parts of the centre of Gran Canaria due to very dangerous conditions.
There is also a yellow weather warning for snowfall at the summits of Gran Canaria and La Palma, and in all points of Tenerife above 1600 metres altitude. Unusually, the coast of San Andres y Sauce off the island of La Palma this week created a giant water spout or a marine hose, when a tornado created an air column that extended from the base of a storm cloud to the sea, and presented a unique meteorological phenomenon.
Of course, these weather conditions have also created unusually low temperatures for these normally sunny islands, and the summits of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma especially have experienced freezing temperatures. This week Tenerife recorded -5.8º in Izaña and -3.9º in Las Cañadas del Teide, and in San Mateo in Gran Canaria the thermometer fell just below zero to -0.3º.
Fuerteventura and Lanzarote were also on alert for storm force winds and rain, and residents of Corralejo in Fuerteventura discovered flooded roads in their communities.
Strong winds have been recorded at La Palma airport of 87 km/h, at Alto Igualero in La Gomera of 75 km/h, at Municipality of San Andres y Sauces in La Palma of 72 km/h, and at Las Tirajanas on the southern slopes of Gran Canaria of 70 km/h.
Most rainfall fell in Candelaria in Tenerife with 22 litres per square metre followed by Tejeda in Gran Canaria with 18.4 l/m2. Then La Oliva in Fuerteventura with 16.2 l/m2 and Izaña in Tenerife and Corralejo in Fuerteventura both with 13.6 l/m2.
One thing that we can be sure of in the Canary Islands, the sunshine and warmth will be back again very soon!
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