El ‘Bochorno’: sultry heatwave on Gran Canaria from Friday

Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) have issued a yellow advisory for hot muggy weather expected on the southern slopes of Gran Canaria this Friday when temperatures in the shade are expected to exceed 34˚ C in what is being described as the first heat wave of summer to arrive in the Canary Islands.  Just in time for the main Procesión Maritimo this weekend.

Cloudy skies to the north and northeast of the island are expected to predominate on Thursday at altitudes below 600 meters, while elsewhere there could be some cloudy intervals in the afternoon, as temperatures start to rise to the east over Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and over the Southeast of Gran Canaria.

Temperatures will increase moderately at first on Gran Canaria, with winds from the north and northeast.

Out to sea northeast winds of force 4, and locally force 5 off the northwest and southeast coasts. Locally strong swells in northwest and southeast, known as Marejada, will bring waves of 1 to 2 meters. Off the southwest coast, variable breezes may produce marejadilla of 2 or 3m 

Remember all temperatures are measured in the shade, direct sunlight can easily increase surface temperatures by 5-10˚ . Be sensible, look out for animals, children and the elderly. Drink plenty of fluids and always wear sunscreen.

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