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So What’s Happened To The Weather In Lanzarote?

Wednesday February 4, 2015

So What’s Happened To The Weather In Lanzarote?

It’s the question that’s been on the lips of many tourists over the last few weeks, as they attempt to swap the grey skies and cold weather of Northern Europe for the, er, grey skies and relatively cold weather here on Lanzarote.

Sure, there have been a few bright patches along the way during January but in the North of the island especially the clouds have barely parted in the last few weeks, whilst according to our most reliable local weather source and all round island oracle, which is, ahem, my 80 year old Canarian neighbour Nieves, this winter has been the worst on the island in living memory.

So what on earth is going on? Where have the blue skies and warm temperatures gone? And more importantly when will they return? Or are cloudy and cold winters a glimpse of emerging future weather patterns?

Leaving aside anecdotal evidence there is no doubt that the last month has been unremittingly poor, with temperatures well below the usual January averages and way greyer sky than blue.

The main culprit for this sorry state of affairs has been the polar jet stream, which is currently kinked out of shape in a wavy pattern as a result of warming in the Arctic. This in turn reduces its ability to keep colder air separated out from the warmer air of the subtropical zones to the south. Resulting in lower temperatures across Southern Europe and the Canaries.

And there’s more to come, according to AEMET, Spain’s national meteorological agency it’s going to get colder here over the next week. So tourists visiting the island should pack accordingly!



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