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Gran Canaria Weather: A Break From The Heat Until Tuesday

Gran Canaria Weather: A Break From The Heat Until Tuesday www.photosgrancanaria.com

08.08.2016 The scorching weather faded away on Sunday but will be back on Tuesday when a second blast of heat arrives from North Africa.

This second wave of heat is due to a low pressure to the south west of the islands and a high pressure over North Africa. Together, they will cause hot air to flow over the islands from Argelia. 

Gran Canaria is already on yellow alert for high temperatures for Tuesday and the heat will last through Wednesday and possibly even longer. Temperatures are forecast to reach at least 34ºC during the day but could well be much higher. 

The heat will be accompanied by more atmospheric dust which is forecast to arrive on Tuesday and could be heavy on Wednesday.

The short break in the heat is at least good news for the thousands of people fighting the huge forest fire on La Palma island. We can only hope the fire is controlled before the heat returns and makes the firefighter's job harder again. The latest reports suggest that the huge forest fire in southern La Palma is still burning after five days but is now under control.

 

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  • The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!
    The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!

    If there is one thing we hate it is visitors being tricked in Gran Canaria. In the past we've warned about overcharging at Gran Canaria chemists, and rip off electronics shops in resorts. 

    In this Tip Of The Day we return to the island's chemists or rather, to the island's fake chemists.

    A chemist in Gran Canaria is called a Farmacia and always has a green cross sign. Farmacias are the only place tobuy medicine in Spain, even basics like paracetamol.

    However, there is another kind of shop in Gran Canaria that looks and sounds like a chemist but doesn't sell medicine. This is the Parafarmacia and it also uses a green cross sign.

    A parafarmacia is a herbal medicine shop that is not allowed to sell any normal medicine such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or antibiotics. 

    Instead, parafarmacias sell herbal alternatives to medicine but don't have to prove that they work and they can charge whatever they want.

    We recently heard from a visitor to Gran Canaria who went into a parafarmacia and was charged 40 euros for a herbal alternative to Ibuprofen. It was only when they read the label that they realised what had happened. 

    To locate a genuine farmacia, see this website and search within your municipio (Puerto Rico is in Mogán, Playa del Inglés is in San Bartolomé de Tirajana). At weekends and on fiesta days many farmacias close but there is always one open, known as the farmacia de guardia, in each municipio.

    Search for the nearest one to you with this tool

    Lex Says: To keep costs down, see this article for the way to ask for generic medicine rather than expensive branded alternatives. 

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