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Heat wave

Posted by dolly diver on June 21, 2011
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Virtually all of Tenerife can expect thermometers to hit the mid-30s today, which will feel even hotter due to the lack of wind.

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura bore the brunt of the high temperatures yesterday and the heat wave is expected to spread to Gran Canaria today. The Met Office has raised the alert status to orange (‘major risk’) for Tuesday for all three islands.

Forecasters say the hot spell will remain until Thursday at least.

The sweltering weather has triggered concern at the prospect of fires on San Juan Night (23 June) getting out of control and causing major blazes.

The tinderbox conditions created by the current hot weather may force a rethink of the locations of the bonfires celebrating the shortest night of the year and the accompanying fireworks which are a tradition in some towns.

Fire brigades fear that sparks and burning embers could be carried by the wind to adjacent scrubland and woods, setting off dangerous fires. No decision has been taken yet whether to restrict the number of bonfires or ban them altogether in at-risk areas as a precautionary measure.

More heavy rain forecast.

Posted by dolly diver on December 8, 2010
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The spells of heavy rain continue and the Met Office has issued yet another yellow alert for the Canary Islands today, Wednesday 8th Dec up to midnight.

Areas expected to be worst hit are the south and west of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro and the east, south and west of Tenerife.

Check out prediction for Puerto de Santiago for the next few days. Looks like rain brollies can be exchanged for sun brollies at the weekend.

Another weather warning

Posted by dolly diver on December 20, 2009
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This current spell of bad weather is set to last a few more days.

The Met Office has put out yet another weather warning. A yellow alert beginning at midnight tonight (Sunday), until midnight on Tuesday, forecasting winds gusting up to 85kph and possible up to 100kph in higher regions, for Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma.

Let’s hope it ends there and the sun shines again in time for the Christmas season.

Storm warning – again

Posted by dolly diver on January 21, 2009
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The met office has issued yet another storm warning. High swell is starting to build and wave height is expected to reach between 4 and 5.5m. The North of Tenerife is expected to be hit worse than the South.

Higher up from the coast temperatures reached four degrees below zero in Las Cañades and the approaching roads to Teide have been closed due to black ice. Worst effected towns were La Esperanza and La Orotava where temperatures reached two degrees below zero.

Here on the coast of Los Gigantes daytime temperatures and sunshine have kept the average temperature around 20 degrees.

The Photo was taken at Punta Blanca at 9am this morning. You can also see the waves coming over the Los Gigantes Marina wall (Sorry about the grubby state of the web cam housing, but as fast as it’s cleaned it is covered in salt spray again).

Happy New Year to everyone.

High winds and heavy rain was forecast for the Canariers over the Christmas and New Year holiday. The Los Gigantes area had its fair share of rain and many had flooded terraces to cope with but fortunately Christmas day was mild and sunny, although the sea remained rough. After a few more days of high winds and rain our luck was in once again as on New Year’s Eve it was very mild with a cloud free sky, and there has hardly been a cloud in the sky since.

The Los Gigantes Plaza on New Year’s Eve was heaving as everyone forgot the current crisis and enjoyed the evenings celebrations, many dancing until dawn.

The continuous rough seas and high swell delighted the surfing enthusiasts at Punta Blanca but has been a disaster for all the dive centre owners and whale/dolphin trip organisers who had hoped the Christmas busy season would boost business in this time of crisis.

The warm sunny weather brought many people out and on to the beaches for a last minute panic tan before the end of their holiday. Playa arena beach was packed and many chose to ignore the red flag to have fun in the waves. The life guard’s job was made very difficult as people ignored his whistles and shouts. People really don’t understand that it is for their own safety as the undertow can be treacherous and many over the past years have not lived to tell the tale.

Below are views of the area taken on New Year’s day.

1. Surfing at Punta Blanca
2. Snow on Teide
3. High waves Playa Arena Beach
4. Crowded Playa Arena Beach
5. Cliffs of Los Gigantes
6. Los Gigantes beach and Marina

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Local man arrested for starting the La Gomera fire.

Posted by dolly diver on April 29, 2008
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A 53 year old local man of the Canary Island La Gomera has been arrested in connection with the fires which has affected more than 800 hectares of agricultural and low mountain land and also saw hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes on Saturday. It is thought he started the fire by accident when burning off scrub on his land in Ibo Alfaro.


The weather has improved which has helped the fire fighters control the blaze. It is hoped to be officially under control later today.