Lanzarote, Canary Islands: Live Weather
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Weather in Lanzarote
Lanzarote enjoys a subtropical climate with warm temperatures, low rainfall and endless sunshine throughout the year. It is the northernmost and â€“ along with FuerteventuraÂ â€“ the easternmost island ofÂ Spain'sÂ Canary Islands. These islands sit far south of the Spanish mainland, closer to the west coast of Northern Africa than Spain itself, leading to higher temperatures and a drier climate than that which most Spanish resorts experience.
The Canaries are often dubbed 'The Islands of Eternal Spring', due to their enviable climate, but temperatures do vary throughout the year â€“ dropping slightly in winter and increasing a little in summer. Despite this, Lanzarote and the other Canaries are still thought to have the perfect temperature all-year-round, much cooler than the Sahara, which lies at the same latitude, but warmer and drier than the rest of Europe.
Even though Lanzarote is found only 127km away from the Sahara Desert, there are several other factors which greatly influence its climate. Despite being present throughout the year, the north-easterly trade winds are at their most consistent at the height of summer (June,Â JulyÂ andÂ August). These winds aid in moderating the temperatures more than you'd expect for an island on a level with the Sahara.
Contrastingly, the winds can sometimes change direction and, instead of coming in from the north east, come in directly from the east. When this occurs, they cross over the Sahara Desert first, bringing with them scorching temperatures up to 10Â°C higher than normal and low visibility caused by a high quantity of sand and dust in the air. This is known locally as a 'calima' and, although it can happen at any time of year, it most often occurs when one season is merging into the next.
The other climatic influence which aids in cooling the temperatures in Lanzarote is the Canary Current. Caused by the trade winds this current helps in moderating the temperatures by guiding cooler seawaters from the north of the Atlantic, past the shores of Lanzarote and on along the west coast of Africa. These cool waters mix with the naturally warmer waters which lie just above the Canary Islands, creating a pleasing water temperature around Lanzarote, perfect for swimming at any time of the year. This â€“ as well as the fact that the Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Sea â€“ is whyÂ average sea water temperaturesÂ around Lanzarote are cooler than those of holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.Â
Lanzarote's position, close to the Western Sahara and Morocco, makes it the hottest of the Canaries and its relatively flat topography means there is little regional variation in weather conditions. The lack of high mountains also means that cloud coverage and rainfall is less intense in Lanzarote, resulting in more sunshine hours all-year-round. Saying this, the weather in Lanzarote does differ very slightly throughout the different parts of the island, with several specific microclimates.
The north of Lanzarote is usually cloudier and windier than the south and is often characterised by wetter weather, resulting in more lush plant growth and an overall greener appearance. The south of Lanzarote is known for its drier, hotter and more moderate climate which boasts around 2,500 hours of sunshine each year.
Despite the island's relatively low topography, there are two low mountain ranges which do somewhat block the cool northeast trade winds and the hot westerly winds coming over from mainland Africa. As a result, the western side of the island is typically hotter and drier than the eastern side. This has created a stark contrast in landscape from one side of the island to the other â€“ the western side is desert-like, often compared to the alien surface of Mars, while the eastern side is quite green.
The combination of the hot and dry microclimate of the south and west of the island and the cooler and damper microclimate of the north and east of the island make the south western regions â€“ such asÂ Playa BlancaÂ and the Timanfaya National Park â€“ hotter than the north eastern parts of the island â€“ such asÂ La ArrietaÂ andÂ Guatiza.
Summer Weather in LanzaroteÂ
From April till November, Lanzarote is mostly hot and dry. The average high temperature climbs from 24Â°C in April to a peak of 29Â°C in August, getting back down to 24Â°C by November. At the beginning and very end of the season nights cool down pleasantly to around 17Â°C but the peak months generally stay around 20Â°C.Â Luckily, sea breezes which blow freely across the island and low humidity ease the heat.
However, as mentioned, if the sirocco wind is blowing from the east, from Africa and the Sahara, temperatures can soar to 40Â°C and a drought can set in. This is especially true because rainfall is pretty much negligible throughout the season though the fringes of the season might see the odd brief downpour. Generally, clear skies are uninterrupted and Lanzarote sees long hours of dailyÂ sunshine.
Winter Weather in LanzaroteÂ
December to March remains warm with mildly cool nights. The averageÂ high temperatureÂ drops to around 21Â°C for most of the season, creeping up to 23Â°C in March. Night time lows fall to 15Â°C in December, 14Â°C in January and February, getting back up to 15Â°C by March. This means temperatures are never as chilly as elsewhere across Europe. In fact, daytime temperatures in the low 20s will be preferable to the summer highs for many and the cool nights can come as a relief. Therefore, winter is a very popular season with travellers visiting the Canary Islands to escape colder and damper weather.
Rainfall does increase in this season but downpours are only expected on around two to four days in each month and they do not tend to last for very long.Â These brief bursts of rain leave plenty of time for sunshine and most days see at least seven hours of it. The sea temperature drops to its coolest between February and March, but at 18Â°C, it's still just warm enough for swimming.
The north of Lanzarote â€“ fromÂ La SantaÂ toÂ Charco del PaloÂ â€“ is the greenest part of the island which experiences the most rainfall and the coolest temperatures. However, don't let this put you off visiting â€“ the north of Lanzarote is still significantly drier and warmer than many other European holiday destinations. Although there are no major tourist resorts in this part of the island, there are several villages definitely worth visiting during your trip.
Charco del PaloÂ is a naturist resort established in 1970, located on the north eastern coast of the island. Nudity is permitted throughout the whole resort, with the exception of a supermarket and some restaurants which require clothing to be worn inside. You won't find any major hotel chains here â€“ most of the apartments are privately owned and rented out to holidaymakers by their owners when they're not on the island.
The weather at Charco del Palo is a good representation of the weather for the entire north section of the island. Average temperatures here range from 17Â°C inÂ JanuaryÂ (which many would find too cold for naturism!) up to 25Â°C inÂ August. These temperatures are slightly lower than those you get in Lanzarote's southern resorts.
The rainfall in Charco del Palo is also higher than the southern resorts. Whilst the summer months ofÂ June,Â JulyÂ andÂ AugustÂ are bone dry and see an average of 0mm ofÂ rainfall, the months betweenÂ NovemberÂ andÂ FebruaryÂ see moderate rainfall, withÂ DecemberÂ being the wettest month of the year when 26mm of rain falls on average â€“ still not very much!
FamaraÂ is another place in northern Lanzarote worthy of a visit. Found on the north western coast of the island, this small village is one of the best places in Lanzarote for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, so much so that it's often referred to as "European Hawaii"! The reason the beach here is so perfect for these watersports is that it bears the brunt of the trade winds which are remarkably consistent, so it's always a good time to hit the waves. The swell here comes from the west-north and the handles wind comes in from the southwest-east. The centre of the beach is where you'll find most swell, whilst the north end gets fast and hollow at lower tide and the south end is smaller and easier.
Despite being a relatively small village, far away from the island's major tourist resorts, you'll find plenty of services and amenities in Famara, from surfing schools, surf shops and bohemian-style cafes to small supermarkets, yoga schools and bars. And like Charco del Palo, most of the accommodation here comes in the form of private apartments and bungalows â€“ not big-name hotel chains.
Even though the north of Lanzarote isn't the most popular tourist spot, there are still plenty of things to see and do here. Families with small children will have a great time atÂ Pardelas ParkÂ inÂ OrzolaÂ â€“ a small farm with donkey rides, pottery workshops and animals you can feed and play with, plus a traditional restaurant which serves local cuisine. If you love gorgeous scenery, don't miss the chance to visitÂ La GraciosaÂ â€“ an islet just north of Lanzarote which is home to gorgeous white sandy beaches â€“ orÂ Mirador del RioÂ â€“ a viewing point which rewards visitors with views across the north of the island and over to La Graciosa.
Alternatively, art lovers will have a great time atÂ Casa-Museo CÃ©sar ManriqueÂ in HarÃaÂ â€“ an art gallery-museum, loaded with original artwork and belongings of the artist who used to live in the house â€“ whilst the more adventurous will prefer trekking throughÂ Cueva de los VerdesÂ in HarÃa â€“ one of the biggest and most interesting underground lava tunnels in the world.
The east of Lanzarote â€“ from Guatiza toÂ ArrecifeÂ â€“ is home to two very important towns â€“ Arrecife, the island's capital, andÂ Costa Teguise, one of the island's oldest holiday resorts. The east coast of Lanzarote is slightly warmer than the north and the further south you go, the higher the temperatures get. Arrecife is a good marker for the weather in the east of Lanzarote and â€“ since the island's main weather station is located at the airport here â€“ it's the most accurate location for recording weather statistics.
Rainfall is practically non-existent during the summer months â€“ in fact,Â June,Â JulyÂ and August see 0mm ofÂ precipitation, on average. However, things aren't as dry in winter, withÂ DecemberÂ and January both being subject to an average of 30mm of rainfall each.
Thankfully, being consistently warmer than 18Ã¢Â°C, the sea is always warm enough for swimming on the eastern cost of Lanzarote.
Sea Temperature/Sunshine Hours
But if you're sensitive to the cold, you'll find it most pleasant betweenÂ AugustÂ andÂ October, when theÂ average sea temperatureÂ is at its highest at 22Â°C. Due to its low topography, Lanzarote is one of the sunniest of the Canary Islands, with anÂ average of eight hours of sunshine each day. May to August are the sunniest months, when the sun shines for an average of ten hours each day, whilst December is the least sunny month, with 'just' six hours of daily sunshine.
The East of Lanzarote is brimming with things to see and do, making it one of the best places to visit on holiday. In Arrecife, you can learn all about the history of the island atÂ Castillo de San Gabriel, an ancient castle located on an islet just off the coast, or indulge in a bit of culture by admiring the works of art at theÂ Museo Internacional de Arte ContemporÃ¡neo, an international art gallery set inside a castle.
Since Arrecife is the capital, you'll also find plenty of bars and restaurants here â€“Â Restaurante LiliumÂ is a top pick for fine dining, whilstÂ Tasca La RaspaÂ is ideal for local cuisine. Accommodation takes all shapes and forms in the capital, with everything from five-star luxury hotels to quaint B&Bs. The five-starÂ Arrecife Gran Hotel & SpaÂ is located just steps away from El Reducto Beach and boasts a luxury spa and four restaurants with amazing sea views.
Costa Teguise is more of a typical holiday resort, located further north than the capital and split into two distinct sections â€“ the Old Town and the New Town. Here it can get very sunny and warm â€“ summerÂ temperatures peakÂ at 28Â°C in August and there are 11 hours of sunshine a day inÂ July!
The highlight of the resort is arguably its beaches. Las Cucharas Beach is hugely popular for itsÂ windsurfingÂ which, thanks to the consistent trade winds, is possible to enjoy all-year-round. However, June and August are the best months to practise the sport, since this is the time the winds are at their strongest and most reliable. For families, Los Charcos Beach is a better pick. Despite being fairly windy, the clear blue waters here are almost always calm and safe enough for swimming, thanks to the manmade breakwater out to sea which protects the coast from strong waves and currents.
Things To Do
TheÂ Lanzarote AquariumÂ is another great place to spend the day as a family, with three touch pools where you can enjoy a hands-on interactive experience with some of the aquarium's residents. On the other hand, if you're an art lover and can't make it to Arrecife for the Casa-Museo CÃ©sar Manrique, visit theÂ FundaciÃ³n Cesar ManriqueÂ in Costa Teguise instead. These two attractions are very similar, both of which are houses where the famous artist used to live which have now been converted into art galleries.
As you'd expect for a popular tourist resort, Costa Teguise is brimming with excellent shopping, dining and accommodation options. You'll find plenty of shops selling everything you could imagine along the promenade which backs Las Cucharas beach, with even more shops inside the Las Cucharas Commerical Centre. If you want a one-of-a-kind handmade souvenir to take back home with you, check out the craft market held each Friday evening at Pubelo Marinero.
When it comes to eating out, you can't miss dining atÂ Restaurante El Navarro. This popular restaurant serves a wide selection of international and local dishes, with daily specials which change according to which ingredients are currently in season. Tables get booked up literally weeks in advance, so make a reservation before you leave home if you don't want to be disappointed. For a value-for-money hotel which caters for couples and families alike, considerÂ H10 Suites Lanzarote Gardens. This three-star hotel is just a stone's throw away from the beach and offers a dedicated mini waterpark for children and spacious family rooms, as well as a multi-sports court and three bar-restaurants.
The south of Lanzarote â€“ from Playa Honda to La Hoya â€“ is the most popular place for people to visit, since it's where you'll find the best resorts, the warmest weather and the most beautiful beaches. The two main resorts in the south of Lanzarote areÂ Puerto del CarmenÂ andÂ Playa Blanca, with Playa Blanca being slightly warmer. Because Playa Blanca is usually warmer and sunnier than any other resort in Lanzarote (even when the rest of the island is shrouded in cloud, the sun is usually shining in Playa Blanca) it's often said that the resort could have a microclimate of its very own!
Average temperatures in Playa Blanca range between 17Â°C inÂ January, up to 25Â°C inÂ AugustÂ with highs of 28Â°C. These temperatures are similar to those you'd get in other parts of the island, but visitors often claim the resort is hotter because there is very little wind. In places like Famara and Costa Teguise, 25Â°C often feels more like 22Â°C-23Â°C, due to the cool winds. However, the fact about Playa Blanca being sunnier than the rest of the island isn't a metrological trick â€“ it's the truth.
The sun shines for an average of 9.5 hours each day in Playa Blanca, with theÂ average daily sunshine hoursÂ being at their highest betweenÂ April andÂ July, when the sun shines for 11 hours each day.
As well as being the sunniest part of the island, Playa Blanca is also the driest part of Lanzarote.Â DecemberÂ is the wettest month, when 33mm ofÂ rainÂ falls, but the rest of the winter months are relatively dry, with approximately half the amount of rainfall each month. As is the pattern in Lanzarote, the summer is bone dry, with an average of 0mm of rainfall betweenÂ JuneÂ and August.
Because it's located so far south, theÂ average sea water temperatureÂ for the coast around Playa Blanca is slightly warmer than the rest of the island. At 22Â°C, the sea is hottest between August andÂ October, but it never drops below 18Â°C â€“ even in the coldest months â€“ meaning it's always warm enough for a dip.
Just like Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca is best known for its picture-perfect beaches with soft, golden sands. Playa Dorada, Playa Flamingo and Playa Blanca are all beautiful beaches, which offer everything you could need for a day at the coast â€“ sun lounger and parasol hire, beachside kiosks and local bars and restaurants lining each promenade. Playa Dorada also offers a selection of watersports, including banana boat hire, parasailing and jet skis.
If you want some quality food or you're in the mood for a spot of retail therapy, theÂ Marina RubiconÂ is the place to go. This marina is set in the heart of Playa Blanca and is packed full of restaurants to suit all budgets and occasions â€“ CafÃ© del Mar is ideal for a leisurely lunch, whilstÂ Lani's Restaurant & GrillÂ is perfect for a hearty celebratory dinner. Make sure you pop by on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, when you'll have the chance to shop for local handicrafts at the artisan market, also held at Marina Rubicon.
When it comes to accommodation, you're spoilt for choice in Playa Blanca. If price isn't an issue, you'll love theÂ Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel ResortÂ with its pampering spa, 18-hole golf course and state-of-the-art gym with organised workout classes. For something more budget-friendly, consider theÂ H10 Lanzarote Princess. This four-star hotel combines affordability with superb facilities, such as heated swimming pools, beauty salon and seven onsite eateries.
Puerto Del CarmenÂ also has its fair share of stunning beaches, too. With comparable temperatures to Playa Blanca, nine hours of daily sunshine and a sea temperature of around 21Â°C during summer. Playa Chica and Playa Grande are the two most popular, both of which offer totally different experiences. Playa Chica is much smaller and is a fantastic place for scuba diving and snorkelling, with loads of tropical fish hiding in amongst the rocks which flank the shore.
As well as providing a home for marine life, these rocks also protect the shore from strong waves and currents, creating a safe swimming environment. Playa Grande is a bigger, usually windier beach with a bit more life to it. There are sun loungers and parasols available to rent here, as well as showers, life guard patrol, bars and restaurants lining the promenade and basic watersports, such as pedalo hire.
Rancho TexasÂ is an absolute must for anyone visiting Puerto Del Carmen with children. This animal and western-themed park provides hours of entertainment and is where you can do everything from swimming with sea lions to enjoying a delicious barbecue dinner whilst a team of cowboys and cowgirls perform live on stage. But if you're travelling as a couple and want something a bit more sophisticated, you'll have a great time at theÂ Gran Casino de Lanzarote. Here you can try your luck at all sorts of games, from American roulette and blackjack to poker tables and slot machines.
If you'd rather not risk your money and would prefer to spend the evening wining and dining, make a reservation atÂ Asia Delicious RestauranteÂ â€“ one of the highest-rated restaurants in Puerto del Carmen. Or for something more local, consider eating atÂ Vino+ LanzaroteÂ where you can enjoy Canarian wines and daily tapas specials.
Puerto Del Carmen has an equally great selection of accommodation options to suit all pockets. The four-starÂ Los Jameos PlayaÂ is the perfect place for a relaxing escape, with a spa and wellness centre, modern gym and tropical gardens, all set just steps away from the beach and 12 minutes away from the nearest golf course.
If you love a bargain, take a look atÂ Nautilus Lanzarote. Although this is also a four-star hotel, it's significantly cheaper and comes with everything you could need for a great family holiday â€“ from heated swimming pools and mini golf to a kids' club to free Wi-Fi access. The rooms and public areas in this hotel are decorated with artwork created by local artists.
The west of Lanzarote â€“ fromÂ El GolfoÂ to Tenesar â€“ is slightly different to the rest of the island because, instead of being peppered with holiday resorts and Canarian villages, it's covered by two major parks â€“ theÂ Parque Nacional de TimanfayaÂ andÂ Parque Natural Los Volcanes. El Golfo is a good representation of the weather for the whole of the west of Lanzarote. The average temperatures in this part of the island again range between 17Â°C inÂ FebruaryÂ and 25Â°C inÂ August, although because of the extremely windy conditions, these temperatures can often feel cooler, so make sure you take a jacket or jumper with you when visiting, just in case.
The winds which batter the west of Lanzarote aren't all bad, though. They make it almost impossible for any vegetation to grow, which allows the parks to keep their unique volcanic appearance. The only exceptions to this are some vineyards inÂ La Geria, which can withstand the wind and the volcanic soil, all the while creating sweet grapes for the famous malvasÃa wine produced on the island.
The amount ofÂ precipitationÂ which falls in the west of Lanzarote is similar to that which falls in the east of the island.Â DecemberÂ and January are the wettest months, when an average of 26mm and 25mm of rain, respectively, falls. However, just like across the rest of the island,Â June,Â JulyÂ and August are completely dry, with an average rainfall of 0mm.
Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
The Parque Nacional de Timanfaya is the most popular attraction in the whole of Lanzarote, due to its alien-like appearance and fascinating history. The MontaÃ±as del Fuego (Fire Mountains) within the park developed between 1730 and 1736, at which time over 100 volcanoes rose up, covering approximately 50km2Â of land, and began to erupt, devastating the surrounding areas. Even though the last eruption occurred in 1824, the park looks just as it did almost 200 years ago, thanks to the low rainfall and therefore lack of erosion.
You can drive most of the way up to the national park, but individual visitors aren't allowed to drive or walk in past the main entrance. If you want to get into the park, you'll need to leave your car behind and hop on a coach which will take you on a small tour of the park, complemented by an audio commentary which features excerpts from the diary of a local priest who witnessed the eruptions first hand.
One of the many highlights of the national park is the demonstrations which show you just how hot the area is â€“ temperatures just a few metres below the ground's surface can reach anywhere between 400Ã¢Â°C and 600Ã¢Â°C! To prove this, demonstrators throw dry brush into a hole which immediately catches fire as soon as it reaches a low enough level. Another entertaining demonstration involves pouring water into a bore hole which then shortly erupts with steam â€“ just like a mini geyser!
If you get peckish with all this excitement,Â El Diablo RestaurantÂ is the perfect place to stop for lunch during your trip to the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. This restaurant looks over the alien-like landscape of the national park and serves up delicious Canarian cuisine which is cookedÂ using the geothermal heat from the park.
Hazards in areas with such consistent climates as theÂ Canary IslandsÂ are rare, but dust storms, known locally as 'calimas', occur on a regular basis in Lanzarote. Although they can happen at any time, they're most common when one season is turning into the next, such as in February, May, August and November. When these dust storms occur, they can be so severe as to partially block out the sun and reduce visibility to 200 metres or less.
The dust storms are largely controlled by North Africa's weather patterns. When the Sahara experiences a heavy rainfall in its short wet season, the dust storms in Lanzarote are far less likely. However, if it misses out on its yearly rainfall, the storms are likely to be far more intense. It's not just the rainfall in North Africa which controls the dust storms â€“ it's also the trade winds which are controlled by pressure over theÂ Azores.
When the air pressure is at normal level over the Azores, the trade winds cross Lanzarote from a North Easterly direction. However, when the air pressure over the Azores is particularly high, the trade winds cross over Lanzarote directly from the east. When this happens, the winds pass by the Sahara Desert first, where they pick up high temperatures (up to 10Â°C higher than normal) and a lot of sand and dust particles in the air which cause reduced visibility. Extreme sandstorms can bring transport to a halt temporarily across a few days, but they can also pass extremely briefly in just one hour.
There will usually be between two and seven significant dust storms every year in Lanzarote, each one lasting between one and ten days. But don't let the idea of a dust storm put you off visiting Lanzarote, because with the exception of very rare occasions when they're uncommonly strong, dust storms usually don't cause much of a problem. If the island is hit by a dust storm when you visit, your best bet is to get somewhere cool â€“ i.e. stay in your air-conditioned hotel or head for the coast where the sea breeze usually makes the temperatures feel more bearable.
The hottest day ever recorded in Lanzarote was August 6th 1980, when temperatures up to 43.6Â°C were registered on the island. This temperature was recorded during a dust storm and is more than 18Â°C higher than the average for Lanzarote in August. At the other end of the scale, the coldest day ever recorded in Lanzarote is January 10th 1974, when temperatures as low as 8Â°C were registered on the island. This temperature was recorded during a particularly cold winter and is 9Â°C lower than the average for Lanzarote in January.
Despite being known for its dry and arid climate, Lanzarote has received some torrential storms. During November 2014, Lanzarote received 127.3mm of rainfall, making it the month with the highest amount of rainfall since records began. On the other hand, November 1998 was the month with the lowest monthly rainfall, when Lanzarote received a grand total of 0mm across the month.
The highest number of rainy days ever experienced by Lanzarote in one month is 19, which occurred in January 1996. This January made up part of a particularly wet winter for Lanzarote and saw the island receive a total of 19 wet days â€“ that's 16 more rainy days than the average three â€“ making it the wettest month since records began, in terms of the number of wet days.
The maximum number of storm days ever to occur in one month in Lanzarote is three and they took place in March 2011. This small number is proof of how uncommon storms are in Lanzarote and when they do materialise, evidence of how short they usually are.
The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within one day took place on January 25th in 1980 and resulted in 71.5mm of precipitation â€“ all of which fell within a 24 hour period. Even though most of Lanzarote's rainfall occurs between January and March, it's very unusual for such a high amount to fall â€“ especially all in one day. These figures are exceptions to the rule, but it is worth staying aware and checking the up-to-dateÂ forecast.
The worst dust storm ever to hit Lanzarote in recent times occurred between August 9th and August 11th in 2013. On this weekend, AEMET (the Spanish MET office) issued a yellow alert for high temperatures up to 35Â°C and estimated that there would be 90 micrograms of dust in the air per m3. The previous year on March 9th and 10th 2012, the island was also subject to a severe dust storm which reduced visibility down to 600m.
One of the worst rainstorms ever to hit Lanzarote in recent times took place between December 9th and December 15th in 2013. For most of this week, Lanzarote was put on yellow alert by AEMET for high rainfall, dangerous coastal conditions and strong winds of up to 80km/h. As you'd expect, this storm caused many disruptions to the island, including the closing of the port which stopped numerous boats â€“ including one cruise liner â€“ from docking.
November 2014 was wetter still, with persistent and widespread showers falling on the island over 12 days, resulting a total rainfall of 135mm â€“ that's more than three times the usual for November. The strength of the wind was also very high during this month, particularly on the 28thÂ and 29th, when AMET put Lanzarote on orange alert for gusts of up to 130km/h, waves 5-6m tall on the north, west and south coastline and 15mm of rainfall per hour.