The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for high temperatures with calima from tomorrow in the Canaries, affecting Tenerife especially from Friday. Nothing out of the ordinary is expected, and indeed compared to some summer calimas this will be nothing special at all, with maximum temperatures thought to reach around 42º or so.

The real concern, of course, is fire, and the biggest problem is low humidity. And this coming weekend it is expected to go below 30%. As such, with temperatures above 30º and humidity below 30%, two of the three conditions for maximum fire risk are fulfilled: the third is winds above 30 km/h. The Canarian Government’s Security and Emergencies Board has therefore issued a forest fire alert from midnight tomorrow, and call on the public to exercise maximum care not to be the cause of any risk whatsoever.

The Gran Canaria inferno is still very vivid in the minds of many and it is not something anyone will want to replicate in Tenerife this weekend. Apart from taking care not to be responsible for fires, high temperatures of course bring their own health issues, and the official advice for staying safe in heatwaves here (“heatwave” is never a positive word in a climate that’s already warm) is HERE.

Source: Janet Anscombe

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