March 3, 2021

Yellow warning for strong waves on the north and west coasts of the Canary Islands


Swell in Gran Canaria.jpg

Swell in Gran Canaria.jpg
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The passage of the squall Karim through the Archipelago will be accompanied by bad state of mar, which has led the General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands to declare the situation of pre-alert for adverse coastal phenomena from three in the afternoon of this Saturday, February 20, based on the predictions of the Aemet and other sources available and in application of the Specific Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands for Risks of Adverse Meteorological Phenomena (Pefma).

The affected areas by this yellow notice are the north and west coast of La Palma, El Hierro, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and the north coast of La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

The wind will blow from the west component and roll northwest at night, force 5 with force 6 and 7 areas in the open sea between the islands and north of the Archipelago.

On the other hand, there will be swell to strong swell with heavy sea areas north of the Islands and northwest swell of 3 to 4 meters, in addition to combined sea swell of more than 4 meters.

Calima and strong winds

The haze has continued in the eastern islands, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, during the first half of that Saturday and will recede in the afternoon.

The wind blows from the west component with strong intervals, more intense in the midlands and peaks. The notice in force during the second half of the day is for streaks that may reach the 80 kilometers per hour in La Palma (peaks and slopes east and northwest) and Tenerife (highlands and Metropolitan Area). At the peak of Teide you can exceed 100 kilometers per hour.

There is also warning for gusts of 70 kilometers per hour in the peaks of La Gomera, high areas and northeast slope of El Hierro, peaks and midlands of the north and east of Gran Canaria and the south slope and southeast coast of Tenerife.

In Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, the southwest wind will intensify in the late afternoon. The gusts may reach or exceed 60 kilometers per hour, mainly in inland areas and in the northeast, as well as in La Graciosa.

There is also notice in effect for locally heavy showers on La Palma, mainly in the northwest, as well as in the Tenerife Metropolitan Area at late hours. In the rest of the islands, rainfall is also expected during the late evening and early morning of the next day, but in general of less intensity.

Prediction for Sunday

The northwest wind will be strong early in the day and there will be yellow warning for streaks which could be very strong during the early morning in Tenerife (high areas and Metropolitan Area), as well as peaks of the rest of the western islands, while to a lesser extent it would affect mid-range areas.

In addition, during the early morning there could also be gusts that exceed the 60 kilometers per hour in Gran Canaria peaks, being less likely in the interior of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

The warning in force for locally heavy showers in the Tenerife Metropolitan Area will end early tomorrow. In the north of Gran Canaria, locally intense rainfall is not ruled out in the early hours.

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