Reading The Signs

Yellow alert in Tenerife courtesy of MeteoAlarm

Yellow alert in Tenerife courtesy of MeteoAlarm

Given the fact that there is a weather alert announced for tomorrow here in the Canary Islands, it’s worth taking a quick look at what the different colour alerts mean.
These codes have been designed by the MeteoAlarm network of European national forecasters ( with the intention of having a pan-European warning system and today most European countries, including Spain, the UK and Ireland, are members of the network and use these codes.
Here is a summary of the important alert colour coding.
The weather is potentially dangerous. The weather phenomena that have been forecast are not unusual but require your attention if you intend to practise activities exposed to meteorological risks. Keep informed about weather conditions and don’t take avoidable risks.
Wind: mean speeds 50-65km/h.
Gusts: 90-110km/h.
Rain: 30mm-50mm in 24 hrs.

The weather is dangerous and unusual meteorological phenomena have been forecast. Damage and causalities are likely to occur. Be very vigilant and keep yourself updated regarding weather conditions. Be aware of the risks that might be unavoidable. Follow any advice given by the authorities.
Wind: mean speeds 65-80km/h.
Gusts: 110-130km/h.
Rain: 50mm-70mm in 24 hrs.

The weather is very dangerous. Exceptionally intense meteorological conditions have been forecast. Major damage and accidents are likely, in many cases with threat to life and limb over a wide area. Keep frequently informed about changing weather conditions and risks. Follow orders and any advice given by authorities under all circumstances and be prepared for extraordinary measures.

Wind: mean speeds in excess of 80km/h.
Gusts: in excess of 130km/h.
Rain: 70mm or greater in 24 hrs.


Weather Alert – Adeje Municipal Activity Suspended

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, following a meeting this morning with local security services, has activated the local municipal emergency protocol (CECOPAL) ahead of the predicted weather alert.
He also announced the suspension of all municipal activities, and school classes, for tomorrow. Furthermore, official council buildings will close – this includes the CDTCA, the borough’s creche, senior citizen and disability centres, cultural centres, etc and the council’s administrative offices too. Local police and civil protection will be on full alert during this time.
The mayor advised residents of Adeje to remain calm and and said “we have activated the CECOPAL protocol to ensure we can respond in the best and fastest possible way to the situation and coordinate with the security and emergency services. People should remain calm and avoid going out where possible and take all available precautions.
The Adeje department of tourism has also been in touch with all of the hotels in Adeje to keep them informed regarding the weather situation and the preventative measures they should take, such as the cancellation of excursions and outdoor activities. They have also recommended that tourists be advised to remain in their hotels during the emergency period.

The headquarters of CECOPAL is in the Las Torres Security Centre and can be contacted by calling 922 71 65 08. Members of the public can also call 112 for any matter of concern,
The general recommendations issued by the regional government in the case of high winds and heavy rains are to keep doors and windows closed to shut out currents. Remove objects from terraces and balconies, avoid trips/camping, don’t use elevators and avoid any road trips if possible.