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Author: The Canary

Average temperatures of 18˚C and a little rain expected for the weekend

The north half of Gran Canaria started Wednesday covered in cloud, with generally weak rains, mainly during the early morning, more abundant inland, tending to dissipate as the day moves on, while in the south a cloudy, breezy morning with no rain expected. According to AEMET, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency, temperatures will see few changes today, averaging around 18˚C with highs of around 20˚C and lows down to 13˚C. The strong northeast wind, more intense on southeast and northwest slopes and at the summits where the gusts could exceed 70 km/h, will tend to decrease by the end of the...

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Several landslides affect roads on Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria awoke on Tuesday morning to several landslides having occurred overnight due to the rains that have affected primarily the north of the island. Staff from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria have been busy all day removing fallen material, stones, earth and security barriers. This afternoon the only route that remained closed to traffic was the access road to Finca Tirma from the La Aldea road (GC-200), where crews have worked to clear debris. On the same road, but in the Roque Faneque area, there was another collapse that affected several security barriers although the road is now open to traffic and signposted. The road to...

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Weather: Wet week ahead with Yellow Advisory as tail of Storm Ana brings rain and wind to Canary Islands

Storm ‘Ana‘ hit Spain on Sunday leading to alerts for heavy wind and rain across the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, with winds predicted to reach up to 140 kilometres an hour, strong seas and abundant rainfall are expected, in some areas, to deposit up to 100 litres per square metre, according to Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET. Though the storm did not directly affect the Canary Islands over the weekend the cold front being pushed away from it did and, the tail end of storm Ana, is expected to reach the Islands over the next 24-48 hours. Nearly fifty...

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31 year old foreigner arrested in Maspalomas for suspected breaking and entering

A man was arrested in the south of Gran Canaria last weekend, accused of stealing from an apartment complex in Playa del Inglés, on the touristed south of the island, following a break in, reported the Police Headquarters of the Canary Islands (Jefatura Superior de Policía de Canarias). The theft took place on November 21, when the owner of the apartment, in a complex in Playa del Inglés, said that, upon returning to her home, she had found the door broken and a television stolen along with several personal belongings.  The investigation identified the alleged perpetrator, a 31 year old man of...

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Hotel housekeeping staff union call for general strike due to poor working conditions

The Sindicalistas de Base Union, who represent housekeeping staff working in the tourism industry, have agreed to call for general strike of room cleaning chambermaids at hotels and apartments throughout Canary Islands on December 25 and January 1. Union leader, Manuel Fitas, explained in statements to the Efe news agency that the reason for calling the general strike is due to continuing poor working conditions, low quality employment and the absence of occupational health and safety still being endured by the collective cleaning staff employed in the sector. Fitas has denounced the physical and mental burden borne daily by chambermaids, who number around 20,000...

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