Update 27 August: After six heatwaves since January, five of them recently, and without a drop of rain in sight, Tenerife’s reservoirs are now at less than 10% capacity – almost empty, therefore – and the situation is now wreaking havoc for agriculturalists. The Cabildo said that it is pumping some 40,000 cubic metres of water directly into the reservoir network every day, but that even so, it is not enough. Without rain, growers risk losing everything, particularly in the areas most affected, namelyTejina, Valle Guerra and La Perdoma, all three in the general La Laguna-La Orotava area. This is not a situation that isREAD MORE

Update 25 August: Another new measure is the requirement for those at the end of their paro to demonstrate that they had actively sought work for at least 30 days after their benefit stopped, had been registered as seeking work for at least the 12 of the previous 18 months, that they have dependants, and are not in receipt of any other assistance, this last to be proven by certificate from regional Government or Ayuntamiento. The full measures have been published today in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE); they will come into force tomorrow with retroactive effect to 16 August. The entry in the BOE isREAD MORE

Update 24 August: It’s over … until the next one, of course! Tenerife’s heatwave alert has now been lifted, though the eastern islands remain on yellow alert through the weekend. We actually had rain high above the west coast yesterday evening. Rain! In August! It only lasted 10 minutes but it was a proper shower and everything felt really fresh afterwards. Since then we’ve had lovely cool breezes and today is 28º and cloudy. Just about perfect to start to cool down. Update 21 August: Aemet has raised the yellow alert for Tenerife to orange this afternoon for temperatures of up to 38º.  Tomorrow’s alert isREAD MORE

Residents of Tijoco Bajo, Las Rosas, Armeñime, Los Olivos, Adeje town, Fañabé, Los Menores and Miraverde have expressed their anger at Adeje Ayuntamiento “for withdrawing the urban bus service throughout the municipality”. The Residents Association of Tijoco Bajo (Avtiba) said that they only found out today that the service was cancelled a week ago when they asked for confirmation from the Ayuntamiento after complaints from residents, leaving the Association feeling they were being made a mockery of. Several people, they said, had even missed appointments with the doctor through waiting at bus stops for buses that were never going to arrive. The association dismissed AdejeREAD MORE

Update 8.30pm: Despite the excitement, it transpired that the call was a false alarm, and that the “suspicious device” found by a diver was actually some rocks. Original post:  The Policía Local  has cleared the area between Playa de Troya and Playa del Bobo in the Costa Adeje after an explosive device was found there. The Guardia Civil’s bomb disposal squad TEDAX (Servicio de Desactivación de Explosivos y Defensa) has been called in to deal with the device.READ MORE

Aemet has introduced a new service where the public can check out the weather at any given beach at Tenerife – so sun chasers really can be forearmed, or as in my case, find a beach where there’s going to be good cloud cover! The new page is HERE, and each of the place names as seen in the picture above is a link to a specific forecast for the beach concerned.READ MORE