You know the weather is unusual when posts discussing it dominate social networking sites and Tenerife forums. It is usually accepted that no matter what time of the year holidaymakers visit, particularly those from northern Europe, they will almost certainly have better weather than they left behind. From personal experience, I have found February has always been the most unpredictable month and we are guaranteed a good downpour sometime during Carnival. Well Carnival is in full swing and at least where I live we have only had a couple of hour’s rain and not the 60mm forecast. The sun is high in the sky and looking through the window it looks like a perfect summer day but the temperatures of the past two weeks are the coldest I can remember since moving to the island.
It has been claimed that the weather has not been this bad in 25 years and suggested that that is only applicable to a part of Tenerife and not the whole island. I am just grateful I don´t live in the part that is obviously used to the cold. Some say we are experiencing the tail end of the weather front affecting the rest of Europe. They may be right I don’t know and I don´t really care.
Selfish yes! My concern is how am I supposed to dress properly for cold weather when we rarely experience it. What do I choose when the warmest thing in my wardrobe is one cardigan, a pair of Levis and some trendy ankle boots with open backs! There is now snow on Teide normally a remarkable sight to behold from the warm Las Vistas beach but with a daytime temperature of 13C a different story. And as for the ‘inspirational’ proverb, “Snowflakes are kisses from heaven”. Go tell that to the holidaymakers who came for a break away from digging out the car and shovelling the path. I bet it will be really comforting.