Snow, ice, rain, wind, sunshine! Not just the UK that gets varied weather!
If you were in the Canary Islands towards the end of January and it seemed much colder than usual, you would be right!
Weather experts say it was cooler than normal in 60 per cent of the archipelago, en-compassing much of the eastern islands and almost all the coastline of Gran Canaria, according to the State Agency of Meteorology.
January’s thermal behavior was also cooler in the western half of Tenerife, north-eastand north-east of La Palma, as well as in large areas of La Gomera and El Hierro.
Conversely, January was warm in areas of the south and west of the western islands and, also, in isolated areas of the Canarian median.
The average anomaly was -0.5 degrees and during days 2, 10 and 22 culminated brief thermal ascents that left 27 and 28 degrees maximum in areas of Mogán, Tacoronte, Güímar and Granadilla de Abona, where the airport’s weather station Tenerife Sur registered 28.1 degrees on day 2.
At the end of January, the notable decline in tempera-tures produced record tem-peratures near the ground at the Lanzarote airport’s meteorological station, with 6.7 degrees on day 30, the second lowest record since 2006, and also at the Observatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 10.4 degrees, the fourth lowest since 2015.
On the other hand, the airport of Fuerteventura re-corded the lowest maximum temperature since 1969 (13.7 degrees); and the Teleférico del Teide station, at 3,550 meters, the temperature dropped to -14.5 degrees on day 29.
Slightly colder than the average (-0.6 degrees), the average water temperature of the sea in the southern Tenerife and Gran Canaria buoys was 19.4 and 19.3 degrees, respectively.
As for rainfall, while in the northern slopes, between 900 and 1,800 metres of altitude, there were between 200 and 300 liters per square metre, in the southern and western parts of the islands with greater relief, the accumu-lated precipitation was barely one litre.
In percentage terms com-pared to the average, Yaiza and La Oliva were the most fa-voured areas for preci-pitation, tripling the expected rain.
Moist rainfall behavior prevailed in the eastern islands and in the east half of Tenerife, and was normal in the rest.
Also, the movement to-wards the west of a cold drop caused with its fronts and lines of instability the first episode of general precipi-tations of the month between days 5 and 8.
In Cruz de Tejeda, the rain left more than 90 litres per square metre and about 25 litres per square metre of snow in Izaña.
The passage of a frontal system on day 13 and the subsequent cold discharge produced general rains, copious again in Cruz de Tejeda (70 litres per square metre) and in Las Mercedes (65), and also a strong allisance episode on the day 16, with very strong gusts in 38% of the stations (Alto de Igualero: 134 km / h).
The strength of the allies brought new general rains on 26, although less copious, with highs in Cruz de Tejeda (34 litres per square meter) and Corral de los Juncos (22).
Another cold drop, first in retrograde movement and then almost stationary on the Moroccan coast, produced from day 28 until the end of the month abundant rain-storms, sometimes stormy and torrential, such as Palo Blanco (64 litres per square metre in one hour) and Ravelo (128), without missing tubes and sea thunder, as seen on the 29th on the coast of San Andres and Sauces, or snowfall above 1,600 metres, which left more than 74 litres per square meter of snow in Izaña There were even barricades, both high quarters (Izaña) and the coast (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
There were also no strong gusts of wind on days 27 and 28 in 30% of the seasons.
Most of the stations recorded more hours of sun (between 10-40%) than the average, and only the airports of Fuerteventura (-8%) and Los Rodeos (-31%) were deficient.