Storm weather, and snow at the summits

Tiede this morning, courtesy of RTVC

Winter has left a parting shot with Mount Teide, over on Tenerife, today showing its colder face, just as we head into springtime, with a thin layer of snow having fallen yesterday on the peak clearly visible to the west of of Gran Canaria. Over the next 24 hours these snowfalls could be repeated, with snows also being reported from the summit of Gran Canaria, where some instability in the weather has been noticeable for the last 24 hours.

Last night intense rain struck some points on the islands, with low cloud bringing loud rumbling thunder in the valleys of the south but the morning has been calmer. According to forecasts from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, stormy weather is to be expected, especially on Saturday afternoon, and will particularly affect inland and the summits, with a yellow advisory for rain having been issued, denoting some risk.

Cloudy skies and light rain are expected throughout Saturday, with some clear spells expected in the afternoon. Occasional heavy showers and thunderstorms may arrive during the second half of the day will be most likely to occur inland, where temperatures have plummetted. Temperatures elsewhere are a good 10º lower than last weekend´s sweltering calima, though still a healthy 16º – 21ºC on the coasts and in the south. Variable loose winds, and a slight chill is evident in coastal breezes.

Sunday is expected to be overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, and with some chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures may rise slightly, with fair to moderate winds from the north.

As we start the new week, some cloud is still expected with a possibility of light rain.  But it seems today as though winter wants to make one last stand before giving way to springtime in The Canaries

Courtesy of Cabildo de Gran Canaria

For today, strong hailstorms are by reported at the Summit of Gran Canaria and in the centre of the island. The public are advised to avoid travel in these areas.


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