A tropical wave is heading from the Central Atlantic towards the Canary Islands and could become a cyclone in the coming days, according to warnings from the National Hurricane Center of the United States and the State Meteorological Agency of Spain. The islands could be affected as of Saturday, with heavy rain and storms. By then, the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands will have suffered an episode of intense rainfall and strong storms, which can cause flooding in the Mediterranean.
According to Rubén del Campo, AEMET spokesman, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring the wave that moves from the interior of the African continent towards its western coast. According to the prediction, it will move over oceanic waters in the next few days to the north and on its way it will find favorable conditions for its intensification. There is a “50 percent” chance that it will become a tropical cyclone, according to Del Campo.
The prediction of these tropical systems and their trajectory are subject to many uncertainties, adds the spokesman, and it is not yet possible to say to what degree it will affect the Canary Islands. However, it can already be described as “probable” that the cloud bands associated with the tropical wave will leave rain from saturday, especially in the western islands. In Gran Canaria, rainfall can be locally intense and there can be very strong gusts of wind on the summits.
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The alert for possible flooding in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands remains active for the rest of the week. Aemet maintains activated this Wednesday the yellow alert due to the risk of heavy rains and storms in Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Extremadura and the Valencian Community. In addition, late this afternoon the orange alert (significant risk) will be activated in the Balearic archipelago, where up to 50 liters of precipitation per square meter are expected on the islands of Ibiza and Formentera.
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During the afternoon/night of this Wednesday in the center, the southern half and the Mediterranean area, about 15 to 20 liters per square meter inside. In the Valencian Community and in the west of the Balearic Islands these precipitations can be intense and reach 30 or 35 liters per square meter in a single hour. In addition, storms may be accompanied by strong gusts of wind and hail.
As for Thursday, the situation is expected to remain unstable in the Mediterranean, especially in the Valencian Community, Region of Murcia and the Balearic Islands, with locally strong or very strong showers. Already on Friday, the most intense storms will occur in the northern half, especially in Navarra, La, Rioja, Aragón and Catalonia.
Regarding the weekend, the rains and strong showers will continue in large areas of the north and east of the peninsula and there will also be a sharp drop in temperatures. In this way, autumn, which will begin on Friday, will arrive with dyes fully typical of the season.
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