Updated 17 January 2019: Aemet is forecasting that we could see the first snows on 2019 on Teide in the next 24 or so hours as the calm African system we’ve had now for weeks finally gives way to the alisios from the north bringing cooler moister weather. This should mean rain, especially in the north, though at present this is not thought to be heavy. We all know how quickly these forecasts can develop, though. For the moment, therefore, the thing most of us are most likely to see is a white Teide!

Updated 24 December 2018: The Met Office’s yellow alert and the Government warning of high winds forecast gusts of up to around 70 km/h and I know many have thought the gale was stronger than that … and proof positive that it has been stronger comes from Adeje where a gust of 101 km/h has been recorded. Guía de Isora too has suffered ferociously strong gusts of a continuous wind but it is the north, again, which has had the worst of it with gales causing fallen trees and power lines along the northern municipalities.

In the south, the CC Plaza Fañabe had to be evacuated after the winds brought down the sails which cover it, and the roads around the Adeje football field were closed because of debris of all kinds hindering traffic. Meteorologists say this is passing eastwards and tomorrow’s Christmas Day celebrations should not be so affected as today’s final preparations have been for many. Just as many will say this cannot pass quickly enough!

Updated 22 December: It’s not likely to be a white Christmas this year with the calima we’re experiencing over the past few days set to stay with us until at least Christmas Eve, but there will be white to be seen in the form of white capped waves because the sea is going to be really quite rough. Tomorrow, indeed there is a yellow alert for winds and calima throughout the whole of Tenerife but, as usual, this gives way to very high seas, and Aemet has issued a yellow alert for Christmas Eve for costeros around most of Tenerife’s coast to go with the continuing alert for calima and winds. We’ve had quite low numbers, thankfully, of fatalities in the sea throughout 2018, so let’s hope that any festive celebrations in the coast or the sea itself take extreme care in or near the water: for official safety advice, please see HERE.

Photo: Carreteras

Updated 23 November: It is even whiter today than it was yesterday! Just below is a video from Tenerife’s President, Carlos Alonso, showing what it’s like. The car was one of the few up there, though, because the access roads were closed this morning: they have subsequently been reopened but the authorities advise the public to avoid the area, though being resigned to people wanting to go up to see the snow and so asking drivers to take particular care. Anyone planning to go up to see the snow needs to check first whether any or all roads are open, or if there are cuts to carriageways, or even just significant delays: the way to do that is through the Cabildo’s roads website HERE.

Updated 22 November: As the weather returns to normal and the alerts from the Met Office and the Government are lifted, the cold wet spell has left something lovely in its wake … the first snows of the winter as seen by Peter Louer from just above Icod de los Vinos. A white Teide! Will we have a white Christmas again this year?!

Updated 20 November: Athough the wild seas are abating somewhat, Aemet says that the weather fronts passing us are likely to leave considerable rainfall over the next couple of days. The Met Office has issued a yellow alert, indeed, for tomorrow and Thursday for rain of up to 15mm/h primarily in the north and east, but the alert covers the whole of Tenerife.

Updated 18 November: A short sharp shock is along the lines of how the weather front that has just passed us was described, and this video shows why. Garachico was the focus of many videos last night of impressive waves sweeping over the coast road which had been closed to traffic because of the swell, and the first video below from MeteoLaMatanza shows what the town woke up to this morning as normal weather returns. The second video, also from MeteoLaMatanza, shows what the waves did to one distinctive block at Mesa del Mar on the Tacoronte coast (La Laguna): you’ll see the waves take out the balcony on the third floor … and by the time the video starts they’ve already taken out the balcony on the second!

Around 100 properties were evacuated on the north Tenerife coast because of the costeros, and the videos show as clearly as anything could how strong and destructive the sea is, and why the authorities are so frustrated when people risk their lives, and those of the rescue services, by going near the coast or even into the sea when there are official weather alerts.

 
 

Updated 16 November: Following Aemet’s orange alert for costeros in north Tenerife tomorrow, the Canarian Government has now itself issued an alert for costeros throughout the Canaries generally, and for a swell of up to 6.5m around the west and north coasts of Tenerife, 4m elsewhere. The alert is active from 3pm Saturday 17 November, and as an official alert, people will be expected to stay away from the coast and out of the sea.

Updated 15 November: As the forecasts firm up, Aemet says a second front will arrive on Saturday bringing much heavier rain, especially in the north. As part of the system, the seas will be wild, and Aemet has issued an orange alert for costeros: please be extremely careful near the coasts, and ideally stay out of the water altogether until the front passes.

Updated 14 November: The promised cold front has indeed seen the forecast clouds and lower temperatures, but rain has been patchy and mainly in the north over the last few days. From tomorrow, however, Aemet says that there will be showers increasing throughout the day. These will be especially evident in the north, increasing in the southeast. Winds are not likely to be strong but there could be some quite blustery spells in the west and north west, and some very high gusts at altitude.

Updated 9 November: The cold front that has seen temperatures drop a few degrees very recently, and will see them drop a few more in coming days, is also bringing some rain and, more noticeably, rough seas. The forecast for rain is that it will be patchy with showers mainly confined to the north, but it’s the state of the sea that is of concern. Already the road around the front of Garachico has been closed after being inundated, and Aemet has issued a yellow alert for costeros around much of north west Tenerife with some councils in the region closing beaches for security reasons. Please be very careful in or near the sea over coming hours and days.

Updated 25 October: And rain it did, with many areas of Tenerife experiencing a wet and stormy night with lightning illuminating the sky in north Tenerife especially, and many barrancos running with the very welcome sight of rushing water. One barranco, however, caused a scare when six people were rescued in Santa Cruz: two had taken shelter in the barranco del Camino del Hierro but were trapped by rising water, while another four who were living in destitution in a cave in the barranco de Santos also needed to be rescued, two of them being taken to hospital suffering with shock and hypothermia. Many roads have experienced some rockfalls or flooding, and the authorities call on all drivers to take extra care while out and about today. The weather system, however, is forecast to lessen over the coming hours, and at the moment there is no yellow alert beyond today.

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