Care needed to stay safe and avoid fires as first real heatwave of the summer is expected from Sunday

It’s full summer now so it’s to be expected but meteorologists are predicting a very hot week next week, with temperatures starting to rise from Sunday reaching the mid-30s in wide swathes of the Canaries, hotter in the medianías, possibly with calima reaching the western islands. There are health and weather alerts in place not just for heat but also for rough seas over the next few days, but one of the main worries right now is the risk of forest fires because we will have windy conditions around the coast probably above 30km/h and certainly temperatures widely above 30º: two of the three main risk factors will therefore be in place.

As a result of the forecasts, the Canarian Government has today issued a Forest Fire Risk Alert, and the Tenerife Cabildo for its part has activated forest fire prevention protocols from 9am on Monday, and so use of machinery that could spark, agricultural rubble burning, etc., are banned, as are BBQs, fireworks, and so on, in areas at risk. The following posts provide official information and advice: 

Staying safe in the heat

Staying safe in the sea

Forest Fires and the Three 30s