We can expect a hot start to the week on Gran Canaria, according to forecasts from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET, with temperatures across the archipelago mainly expected to exceed 30º C and could get as high as 38º in the shade on Gran Canaria, where a yellow advisory warning has been issued and a state of alert declared for high temperatures by the Government of the Canary Islands.

The alert was activated at 8.00 am this morning by the General Directorate of Security and Emergencies, and a similar declaration has been issued by the Ministry of Health who expect the risks to extend to several municipalities on Tenerife also.

The alert declaration specifies that Gran Canaria could see maximum temperatures in the shade of between 30º and 38º C during the daytime, according to Aemet, particularly in areas of the interior, the midlands and the summits.  Direct sunlight could easily push those temperatures 5º-10º higher, so those unused to the heat will need to be cautious.

The potential for risk has motivated the General Directorate of Public Health to activate an orange advisory warning, active until at least Wednesday, in Santa Lucia de Tirajana and yellow warnings across Gran Canaria on Monday & Tuesday in Agüimes, La Aldea, Artenara, Ingenio, Mogán, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Tejeda, Telde, Valsequillo and San Mateo. The yellow warning will also be activated in some parts of Tenerife.

Aemet expects the highest rise in temperatures to be felt between 10am and 18.00 today and tomorrow, with the heat expected to be less suffocating at other times. Some of the highest temperatures are expected at altitudes above 500-600 meters. Things will be decidedly more bearable in the capital with temperatures expected to range from a minimum of 20 to a maximum 28ºC, and a more significant chance of cloud cover expected to shield the north from the worst of the direct sunlight.

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