Intense calima of historic proportions affects the Canary Islands at the moment

Published on January 15, 2022
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Image from AEMET_Canarias Twitter Page 

Just as it was announced by Aemet, the usually sunny blue sky of the Canary Islands has been covered by the Saharan dust this afternoon, January 14th, 2022.

According to Aemet's initial announcement, the yellow warning alert meant that the visibility could drop to only 3,000 m, although in some cases it dropped to even less than 1,000 m, like it was the case in the southeast part of Gran Canaria.

The airports were also affected by the extremely low visibility, with Gran Canaria being the most affected: only 1600 m visibility in Gran Canaria, 1800 m in Fuerteventura and Tenerife South and 2800 m in Lanzarote.

The easternmost islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, but also Gran Canaria, have been affected more than the other islands, with the sky turning almost orange, reminding residents of the horrific calima episode of 2020.

The Ministry of Health has issued some recommendations, especially for people who have respiratory problems and are more vulnerable to the presence of suspended dust in the air:

  • Do not go outside and keep doors and windows close
  • Clean the surfaces of dust with damp cloths
  • Stay in humid environments and hydrate
  • Do not perform physical exercises outside.
  • In case of worsening respiratory symptoms call 112

These are some of the pictures we took today in Gran Canaria right when the calima started to get really intense:

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Calima on 14 January 2022 in the Canary Islands
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Calima on January 14, 2022 in Gran Canaria
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View of Aguimes, Gran Canaria, with the intense calima covering the sky


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