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Heatwave Continues in the Canaries

Monday May 14, 2012

Heatwave Continues in the Canaries

The heatwave currently hitting the Canaries looks set to continue for at least another couple of days, according to the latest reports from the AEMET, the state meteorological agency. As temperatures in Lanzarote and the other islands look set to hit the mid 30's Celsius well into tomorrow.

The Canary Islands have been enjoying a heatwave since last Thursday, with the eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in particular experiencing temperatures well above their seasonal norm, thanks in part to the presence of a Calima. Which has helped to push the mercury well into the mid to late 30's across the weekend.

Beaches across the island have been packed as both tourists and locals alike take advantage of the chance to cool off in the sea. Whilst high temperatures have also been recorded on the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

As a result an amarilla or yellow alert is currently in place, as local authorities urge visitors to take a cautious approach to the sun and keep exertions to a minimum, advice of particular pertinence to any tourists with asthma and other respiratory problems. As a Calima also produces an increase in dust particles as well as temperatures.

Unfortunately however this advice wasnt heeded by a group of elderly walkers on Gran Canaria yesterday, as one British woman aged 78 died off a heart attack on a walking expedition, whilst two of her companions remain in criticial condition. Local authoritities have condemned the decision of a local tour company to conduct walking tours in this heat as totally irresponsible and reckless. Whilst the weather conditions also resulted in two small forest fires on La Gomera and Tenerife over the course of the weekend.

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