The Canary Islands have registered double the usual rainfall in January in the northern areas of the islands, but in other areas of these islands the rainfall in January was up to 25% lower than normal according to the State Meteorological Agency.
In January, the whole of Spain has been generally humid and warm with average temperatures of 8.3ºC, and the sixth warmest January in the 21st Century, but the Canary Islands have been predominantly colder.
Higher rainfall areas of Spain include the north of the Canary Islands, east of the Balearic Islands, north of Barcelona, northwest of Segovia, Albacete, Murcia, Alicante, Saragossa, Rioja, Basque Country and Navarra.
Other Spanish regions with rainfall that has been more than 25% below normal levels in January include a large part of the western Canary Islands, west Mallorca, coasts of Tarragona and Castellon, Gerona, Andalusia, Extremadura, Galicia and Castilla y Leon.
Finally, in the Canary Islands, the highest daily rainfall was recorded in the Izaña Observatory in Tenerife on 31 January with 43 litres!
Mind you, we desperately need the water, because the islands’ reservoirs were at their lowest point for many years. So, basically, this is good news, but maybe not for our visitors!