Happy Monday everyone! This past week was a busy one here, lots of work and lots play as well. I attended an intensive 16 hour photo course and I am looking forward to hopefully improve my photos with all the new stuff I learned. I also went to the most fabulous spa for the second time. (No naked jingle bells here, just pure relaxation.Thanks for that!) I am planning a trip to another Canary Island, and have experienced this 'weather phenomenon' they have here from time to time called Calima.
So, this weekend a heat wave has washed over the island and it's been interesting. I experienced several heat waves on mainland Spain, the heaviest one last summer when I went to Logroño and it felt like I was walking inside a baking oven! I was actually planning that trip to Northern Spain to get away from the intense heat in Barcelona, only to find myself in the middle of this intense heat wave. Barcelona is seriously HOT in July/August. Too much for Norwegian me. So when I heard we were getting a heat wave here this weekend I was wondering how it would be to feel that again.
This whole winter the climate here has been more or less stable and lovely. 18 degrees C at the coldest (night/morning or cloudy/windy days), but on warm sunny days it's been in the higher end of the 20's. It has been lovely. To me, this is the most perfect average temperature. In the south of the island, it's usually a few degrees warmer, but the Las Palmas temperature is just about what I'd call perfect. Hot without it being agonizing.
|Satellite picture of the islands and Calima via|
Calima in short, is warm winds with sand/dust particles from Sahara, and since the islands are not that far away from Sahara (only about 100 km.) this happens every now and then. The sand particles reduce visibility and it resembles the sensation of fog, although unlike foggy weather, calima is hot and dry. The air is warm, the winds are warm. And during calima, every surface gets covered by a thin brownish layer of dust.
I took a picture at the beach, just to try to illustrate this. Sort of foggy.
And another one. You can't see the mountain at the back, (which is the mountain close to Agaete in Gran Canaria) and clearly you don't see the peak of el Teide, Tenerife (which you don't even always see.)
Maybe not the easiest to show with a picture, it just look like a bad quality picture. (And this is in the post after I talk about how I went to a great photo course oh well!)
I love how it's been dry heat, and not humid agonizing heat ala Barcelona. It's completely different and so much easier to tolerate. This morning the air feels fresher than the previous mornings, maybe it's getting back to normal.
Wish you all a lovely week!