Sometimes the Weather is Too Hot on Tenerife

Mon, June 25th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

It’s the first week of summer and Britain’s weather is threatening to disappoint yet again. One of the reasons we upped sticks and moved to Tenerife was that we wanted to live in a place where, when we wanted to have a barbecue we could be sure we wouldn’t end up eating soggy, rain-flavoured burgers; or when we fancied camping out under the stars, we wouldn’t spend most of the time bailing out the tent as though we were trying to save the Titanic.


Tenerife in July


In Tenerife you pretty much know when the rain is likely to come and you also know the only way you are likely to get wet between June and October is going to be connected with the sea or a swimming pool.

In summer it’s hot. A lot of the time it’s very hot. But sometimes it’s dangerously hot.

In Tenerife it’s been 30C over the last couple of weeks… and now we’re expecting a heatwave. A state of affairs that prompted a sweltering friend to comment ‘so what was that we’ve just had?’

To a sun-starved Brit due to arrive on Tenerife’s steamy shores, news they are flying into a heatwave might sound like the weather gods have answered their prayers. This was the sentiments on Tripadvisor this week when excited holidaymakers learned of sky high temperatures.


Staying Cool in Tenerife


However, a heatwave isn’t the welcome news it might seem. The Spanish Meteorological Office have issued an orange level weather warning. When weather warnings of this level are issued it means that the weather is potentially dangerous and caution combined with lashings of common sense should be applied.

When the alert is for extreme heat it can be especially dangerous, particularly to sun-seekers who don’t realise what a blistering 36C in the shade actually feels like. We call these temperatures blistering because anyone who spends any length of time in full sun on the beach in Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje or Los Gigantes really will end up badly blistered. In the recent ‘normal’ hot weather, holidaymakers were hospitalised after lying in the sun for dangerously long periods. In a heatwave, the quest for a killer suntan may prove to be just that.

Even taking to the hills during a heatwave isn’t a good idea as temperatures up high can be hotter than the coast; 38C in the shade is predicted for La Orotava and Vilaflor during the upcoming unusually hot spell. Walking or doing any strenuous outdoor activity should be avoided.  A few weeks ago one walking company ignored weather warnings during Tenerife’s last heatwave, resulting in tragic consequences.


Staying Cool in summer in Tenerife


Ultimately, I would have a heatwave alert over one for, say, high winds any day. With a heatwave you can at least control its impact to a certain extent.

As long as you don’t spend too much time in full sunshine; apply plenty of sun-cream; wear a hat; drink gallons of water and don’t go anywhere you will be exposed to the sun’s ferocity without any shade for long periods, you’ll live to sunbathe another day and be able to boast to friends about enjoying Tenerife’s sizzling summer temperatures without looking as though you’ve been over-cooked on the barbecue.

Posted : Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 11:16 am
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