More than half of the Canaries archipelago recorded a warm or very warm February, and it has also been the driest since 2012, according to the Climatological Report from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
This February was the warmest in the last ten years in places such as the Gran Canaria municipalities of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and La Aldea de San Nicolás as well as in Tijarafe (La Palma), Las Mercedes (Tenerife). It was also the warmest month in Pájara (Fuerteventura) since 1994 and in Alajeró (La Gomera) since 2002.
The highest average temperatures, 18º to 20ºC in the shade, were recorded in coastal areas of the eastern islands, as well as the south of the central and western isles. Inland temperatures oscillated between 12º and 16º , while in mountain areas they ranged between 0º and 10ºC, mostly dependant on height.
There were two episodes of “abnormally high” temperatures, the first occurring on February 11 and 14 – it was the longest in a month of February since 2004 – and reached maximums of more than 30° in Sabinosa (31.7 °), Tazacorte and La Aldea de San Nicolás, as well as tropical nights being seen in places like Agaete, Mogán, Tacorón, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, San Sebastián de La Gomera and Valverde.