Update 13 January: And the calima is back, and with a vengeance. University hospital says it’s been overwhelmed with numbers turning up with breathing problems. Sanidad’s official advice for remaining safe during calimas is as follows:
- Keep doors and windows closed and avoid going out if suffering from a chronic respiratory conditions
- Patients on regular medication should be sure to keep taking it
- Drink lots and avoid dry environments
- Don’t do physical exercise
- Anyone who feels ill or finds breathing difficult should see a doctor
- Since visibility is considerably reduced, drivers should take utmost care, reduce speed, and put the lights on
The calima should start to clear from tomorrow but it will be at least Thursday before the air is clean again.
Update 10 January: Well in the end it was just for a day, not a weekend – and look what it left behind! The Teleférico, whose picture it is, says that it is closed because of the weather, and the Cabildo has advised drivers that after the Guardia Civil had to rescue some twenty cars from the the TF24 La Esperanza road yesterday evening, it is now is closed because of ice.
Original post 7 January: The calima has gone and now the clouds arrive, and will increase bewteen now and Friday, when they are forecast to bring rain, quite heavy at times, and even the possibility of quite stormy weather in some areas. The north, again, will bear the brunt of it, but there should be rain throughout Tenerife, and along with the rain, there are likely to be strong winds at all altitudes.