13th Mar 2023 @ 9:32 am

Large areas of Lanzarote’s coast experienced a thick, eerie sea mist yesterday, cutting visibility down considerably and causing planes to be diverted from the airport.

The mist, apparently caused by warm air coming into contact with the sea, affected the south-east coast of the island from Costa Teguise to Puerto del Carmen, and persisted throughout the morning into the early afternoon. At least four flights were redirected to Fuerteventura or Gran Canaria due to poor visibility at César Manrique Airport.

Flight operations had returned to normal on Lanzarote by 6 pm, by which time Fuerteventura Airport was also redirecting flights due to mist.   

Unlike a calima, which usually has a yellowish or reddish tint, the mist was pure whitish-grey and was strictly limited to the coastline. In Costa Teguise, it was possible to look towards the sea and see thick mist, and look inland to see blue skies and distant volcanoes.

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