Normal service is resumed as heat cools and Canarian Government lifts forest fire alert

Updated 21 July: And then it was over. Temperatures are down by up to 10º in most places, whereas in the western medianías at just under 1,000m we are 18º lower this morning than last, down from 38º to 20º! The high temperatures alerts are lifted, and this morning the Canarian Government has also lifted its Forest Fire Alert. We’re back to the usual perfect conditions, and normal service is resumed!

Updated 10pm, 17/7: As expected, the Cabildo has banned all activities in the mountains, including access to recreational areas in cluding BBQs, as well as camping fires and fireworks, and any other activities in the mountains that could pose a fire risk while conditions persist. The public is also asked to avoid transit through forested areas.

Updated 17 July: And as promised, it’s heating up. Tenerife is on yellow alert from Aemet for temperatures up to 34º tomorrow, possibly more in the medianías and at altitude, and the Canarian Government’s Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias has declared a Forest Fire Risk Alert for El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria from this lunchtime. Cabildo prohibitions on leisure and fire risk activities are likely to follow soon. Again we have two of the three 30s in place with temperatures above 30º and humidity under 30%: when combined with sustained winds of above 30 km/h the fire risk is at maximum. For the moment, the Canarian Government asks people to follow THESE fire risk recommendations, and see also HERE for official advice on staying safe in extreme heat. 

Original post 14 July: It’s only five days since the last heatwave passed (see HERE) but another one is approaching. Temperatures will start to rise from tomorrow, forecasters say, but although the new episode will last for at least a week, and so longer than the last one, it won’t be quite so severe. The hottest days are likely to be Saturday and Sunday. Sanidad has drawn attention particularly to the danger for the public in Tenerife in the areas of Adeje, Arafo, Candelaria, Fasnia, Granadilla de Abona, Güimar, La Orotava and San Miguel de Abona, especially this coming weekend. Please also see HERE for official guidance on staying safe in these hot spells which can be dangerous, not least because people from colder climates have a positive response to the word heatwave without realising what they can actually be like in places that are already warm.

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