Update 24 February: The Canarian government has issued a prealert for wild seas starting from midday tomorrow, and currently without a termination date. The alert applies to Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma, and activates a plan especial for public security in which official advice and warnings become applicable. Please see HERE for the government’s advice on how to stay safe in adverse weather conditions: here is the specific advice for public safety in respect of costeros.
Update 23 February: More high winds and rough seas have been forecast for the next couple of days. Gusts of up to 80km are forecast, particularly in the north west and south east. A sea swell of some 7m is expected, being particularly rough in the north. Please take great care in the sea at the moment because of the risk of being swept away, as happened only last week to a holidaymaker in Playa del Duque, as well as cold water shock. Have a look HERE for how to stay safe in Tenerife waters.
Update 19 February: The high winds may have left – though some areas are still experiencing strong gusts – but in their wake they have left low temperatures and ice in the national park. The area near the observatory woke to snow and -2º this morning, and the Cabildo advises drivers that access roads are affected by ice, with the TF24 closed entirely between the Arafo cross and El Portillo. Drivers in the national park generally are advised to take very great care.
Update 17 February: Aemet has increased the level of its alert for winds in south Tenerife to orange. Gusts of up to 90 km/h are now expected today and tonight.
Original post 16 February: The met office AEMET has issued a yellow alert for strong winds throughout Tenerife tomorrow and Wednesday. In Tenerife, gusts to 70 km/h are expected, especially in the north west and south east. Wild seas are also forecast with a force 7 swell, so the public has been asked to take great care near the coast.