Thursday, April 27, 2017

The first rains in months drench Ibiza in the middle of August

The successive heat waves and water shortages were finally resolved yesterday by the first summer rains, which came as something of a surprise last Friday. Yesterday, the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) retained an orange alert (significant risk) for Ibiza, Formentera and the other Balearic Islands for heavy rain and thunderstorm. In fact, according to the agency, on the night of Friday and yesterday more than 4,000 lightning strikes were recorded throughout the Balearics. Maximum temperatures exceeded 20 degrees, while the minimum fell to 18.4 degrees. The Aemet weather station in Sant Joan recorded 3.8 litres of rainfall, a maximum temperature of 23.9 degrees and a low of 21. According to Aemet the rainfall fell with attitude at times, as Eivissa airport recorded 17.7 litres in just 10 minutes.

As usual in the summer days of bad weather, the city of Ibiza featured traffic jams throughout the city centre and Dalt Vila. The Marina district and the port became a hive of people throughout the day. The many bars in the port, normally open when temperatures drop in the afternoon, were already open in the morning. “The truth is that it was a very positive day’s work. If there is no sun, there are always more tourists throughout the city. I had never seen so many people at the port in the morning; today has been incredible.” said Joaquin Manuel Senen, Vice president of the Association of Neighbours and Traders of the Port and the Federation of Merchants of the La Marina-Port of Ibiza, noting that, due to bad weather, many yachts remained moored on the seafront. So mega-yachts were an additional attraction for tourists and residents who decided to take advantage of the renewed rains for a walk and to take pictures of these giants of the sea.

This “summer break” as described by Aemet, will end today, as the sun is expected to shine again from now on over Ibiza and Formentera…

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