Updated 14 May: The yellow alert has been lifted as the winds and rough seas settle down but the sea is still not calm and the authorities call for prudence. In particular, there are calls for the person pulled out of the water at Fañabe around 7pm last night to be charged for the rescue services who attended the scene. Police say that despite conditions visible to anyone, and despite a yellow alert, and official calls to take extreme care in the sea, the man had got into difficulties in the water while showing every indication of being drunk. If he is sent a bill, it will be for thes scrambling of a lifeboat and helicopter, and and various police officers, bomberos and lifeguards. The man is said to be a visitor to Tenerife.
Updated 11 May: We have another rather unsettled weekend ahead, with both cloud cover and temperatures rising slightly, but with an Aemet yellow alert for costeros around Tenerife’s south, west and east coasts caused by high north-easterly winds gusting to 70km/h. Conditions around the coast will be near gale, at Force 7 on the Beaufort scale, so please take great care near or in the sea, and have a look at the official advice for staying safe in the water in Tenerife which I’ve put in English HERE.
Updated 19 April: The weather has been lovely and mild over recent weeks and the last few days particularly, but it is about to change later today as an Atlantic front pushes the warm air back towards the eastern islands and Africa. Meteorologists say we can expect it to be very windy tonight, especially in the north, but that should die away tomorrow. What it will leave behind, however, is rough seas, especially in the south where Aemet has issued a yellow alert for costeros tomorrow, Friday 20. The sea is already very rough around the coast and today the search has resumed for a swimmer missing after his companion drowned yesterday (see HERE): please take great care near the coast and in the sea, and have a look at the official advice for staying safe in the water in Tenerife which I’ve put in English HERE.
Original post 27 March: The first real warm spell of 2018 is about to be upon us, with Aemet issuing a yellow alert for its forecast of a light calima over the next couple of days. The increasing temperatures will be most noticeable in the medianías and at altitude, and especially in the south and south-east of the island, where 30º or so is possible. Sadly, the warm spell is not set to be with us for long, with an unsettled spell predicted for Easter weekend.