Updated 4 March: The southern extremity of a storm in the UK will reach the Canaries from tomorrow night, meteorologists are forecasting. The cold front should bring light rain in the north of the islands, especially La Palma and Gran Canaria, through Wednesday morning, but dissipate by midday.  This doesn’t sound like much but some should have some rain, and these weather systems can develop through time so there may be further updates.

Updated 22 February: As many will have noticed, a calima is blowing in and should continue to do so tomorrow though weakening through the day. Meanwhile the seas are very rough, especially in the north, and emergency services ask people to stay away from the water and coastline not least because it endangers the lives of rescuers. Only this morning, a helicopter rescue team was in operation off Punta del Hidalgo where it had to rescue two swimmers who were in difficulty in seas so heavy that the Canarian Government has now issued a costeros alert for the north and west coasts. Please take great care around the coasts for the next few days.

 

Gran Canaria fire finally declared under control

Gran Canaria fire finally declared under control

Updated 2.30pm: The Canarian Government has declared the Artenara fire under control this afternoon. The protocols will remain in place while ground crews are damping down and bringing the fire to final extinction. Air crews have been withdrawn. At last! Updated 14...

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Today, apparently, is World Lizard Day. I myself live in the mountains in a dry stone wall cottage which is home to hundreds if not thousands of the famous Tenerife Wall Lizard, Gallotia galloti, of which there are various sub-species. They share our lives, and we...

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Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven), the fiestas patronales for the whole island, and the focal point of the celebrations is the veneration of the Virgin in Candelaria itself – see...

Los Corazones de Tejina

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Photo: Turismo Tenerife. In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece...

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