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.