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Ah here we are, December in Gran Canaria once again. The month of beautiful orange burst sunsets and cooler evenings after a day on the beach. Daytime temperatures can still into the high 20ºs so don’t be surprised to see some sunbathing Santas!
Warm, windy desert weather 6th December 2017
Blues skies, check. Sunshine, check! We also have really gusty winds at the moment here in south Gran Canaria. Evenings have really cooled down in comparison with the daytime too. I’ve needed my hoodie and scarf at times, but that is because I’m so used to it being much warmer. A calima is present, the mountains were VERY hazy yesterday.
The temperature is actually 20ºC degrees today but if you get yourself set up in a little sunspot where you are out of the wind, you can probably enjoy the sun on your bones no problem. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s very difficult to predict more than a few days ahead for Gran Canaria weather but at the moment it looks like we have rain on the way for Monday.
This video was taken on 4th December in Puerto Rico.
High Winds Weather Warning 3rd December 2016
As predicted we had a much warmer day than usual today in the south of Gran Canaria. I went to El Tablero Shopping Center and was pleasantly surprised to see they were setting up an ICE RINK! I can’t wait to see it once it has people skating on it, what a novelty that will be with the sun shining!
AEMET have now issued a yellow weather warning for high winds in Gran Canaria starting from midnight tonight (Friday) extending to 4pm Saturday afternoon.
We are expecting wind gusts up to 70 km/h all over the island except for the North. No rain to speak of so far but I will keep you updated. If you have any plant pots or loose items on your balcony, it might be worth securing them just incase.
Storms on The Way 1st December 2016
Hello December! According to weather reports from various sources, the Canary Islands are in for a stormy weekend. This next episode of weather is going to bring warmer temperatures on Friday but then we are in for a drop in temperatures on Saturday or Sunday. The cold front is bringing some high winds along with it, which are expected on Thursday evening in La Palma and Tenerife, so we should get them shortly after here in Gran Canaria and possibly some heavy rain.
The weather forecast is showing 100% chance of rain on Saturday here in the south-west of Gran Canaria.
There are still a lot of different reports coming in and no weather warnings from AEMET just yet. I’m sure this will change later and I will keep you updated.
Gran Canaria Weather December 31st 2015
It’s time to say goodbye to 2015 already! Compared with other years, this December has been very warm, with calima episodes but in general the sky has been cloudless and blue. Temperatures have been in the high 20’ºCs and evenings a little cooler but not too bad.
This was taken on 30th December on Las Meloneras promenade walking down from the Faro de Maspalomas.
Here’s to a fantastic 2016, wishing you all the best! Keep updated with the January weather posts here.
Gran Canaria Weather December 15th 2015
Wow what a boring 2 weeks of weather we’ve had 😉 Sunshine, (hot) and calima conditions. Not very blue skies as the calima clouds have been hovering for a while now. Sunsets are at their best and beautifully orange as you can see from this one taken this evening in Arguineguin above Las Marañuelas beach.
Daytime temperatures have been a whopping 30ºC degrees and evenings a little cooler, but perfect for getting a lovely Winter suntan.
The forecast for the next few days is looking very much the same, hazy skies and sunshine. From Sunday that could change, especially in the north of Gran Canaria where we could have some rain clouds and showers. Temperatures are expected to stay the same next week. I will update when I get more info 😉
Gran Canaria Weather December 1st 2015
As we say goodbye to November and begin December, the temperatures are on the rise. Warm air is currently blowing over from Africa, bringing with it the Saharan Air Layer. Which basically means it’s a warm start to the month, with suspended sand in the air. AEMET have actually issued a weather warning about this calima, which is no surprise as it’s been so hot and dusty today.
The calima warning is for the whole island of Gran Canaria except for the north, from 18:00h – 00:00h on Tuesday 1st December.
UPDATE: After a sweaty, dusty day (I haven’t stopped sneezing since last night!) it turned cloudy this afternoon. It’s cooled down again and is currently raining in Arguineguin. The forecast says we could have some more rain in the night, which should get rid of some of today’s dust that’s been blowing around.
Gran Canaria Weather December 31st 2014
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for suspended sand known as a calima in Gran Canaria. So far the warning is extended to the end of New Year’s Day. AEMET have since extended this to midnight Sunday 4th January.
The sandy air is also accompanied by wind and cooler air than usual. Last night there were reports of lightning in the islands of La Palma and Tenerife. Gran Canaria south had some rain showers in the early hours of New Year’s Eve.
As shown in the image below, the calima is present across the whole of the Canary Islands.
Storm Update 10th December 2013
As promised here is my update with photos on the storm heading towards Gran Canaria.
Earlier today, in the south of Gran Canaria the wind was strong, big waves down at the beaches and the red flag flying at Patalavaca beach.
Amadores Beach in Puerto Rico looked particularly stormy today, although sunny enough for sun seekers to enjoy a couple of hours relaxation. The waves were very choppy and the sea did not look happy at all.
These photos and video of Patalavaca taken this afternoon, show how rough the sea is and how the sky started changing colour from the blue above in the photo of Amadores, taken an hour previously.
7:50pm – the wind has died down and it’s very calm outside. It does however feel like there has been a drop in temperature. The high winds and large waves warnings we’ve had for today will continue until at least Thursday and from tomorrow at 9:00am the whole of Gran Canaria is on orange warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms.
So far AEMET predict this will continue through Thursday. As you can see Tenerife and La Palma have red warning and already the storm has brought winds of 120 km/h on El Hierro.
Schools across the islands will be closed 11th December EXCEPT for those in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, but as this can change, please make sure to check with your institutes for exact information.
Stay tuned, if anything else occurs this evening I will add it to this post.
Storm Warnings 9th December 2013
AEMET have issued several storm warnings for this week as a storm approaches the Canary Islands. Here in Gran Canaria south today it’s been grey and very windy for the whole day.
Tuesday 10th December we are also on warning for high winds but also waves.
Wednesday 11th December is upgraded to orange weather warning and includes storms and heavy rain. Looking at the forecast for the week, it looks like once the rain starts on Wednesday, it will continue until the weekend.
Below is the forecast for the week ahead in Mogan (Puerto Rico, Arguineguin, Puerto de Mogan)
The Canary Islands Government have issued these tips:
I will keep you updated as the storm progresses.
Patalavaca Storm 3rd December 2013
The weather in Gran Canaria this week has been a bit stormy, if you were following the live weather reports I gave in yesterday’s blog post then you will understand.
It poured down last night, and throughout the night so I expected to wake up to more rain, but those beautiful blue skies where back and so was the hot sun. It was hot enough to sunbathe, if you look carefully at the next photo you will see people on Patalavaca beach, the sun was actually out but off camera. Obviously the scary storm cloud wasn’t stopping them from enjoying a dip in the sea.
This was taken about 10 minutes before we had another downpour, you could see the rain threatening and moving over from out at sea.
The south area of Gran Canaria did get a lot of rain, but no where near as some places in Tenerife, La Palma, or El Hierro where the level of salt in the ocean actually reduced because the rain was so intense there.
Looking at the forecasts, things are supposed to be better for the next couple of days and the weather warnings have been lifted, but, the TV weather lady Vicky Palma said that the storm could roll back round again for Friday, when we could get more rain. So enjoy the sunshine!
Weather Warning Heavy Rain 2nd December 2013
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Gran Canaria from 02/12/13 – 03/12/13 at 9pm. The heavy rain is expected to affect the whole island.
The stormy weather is worse on the western islands where the level has been raised to orange.
The Government advise to stick to main roads and highways if driving in this weather and try to stay away from forest paths and trails.
Gran Canaria Weather Updates
The actual weather in the south of Gran Canaria is cooler than usual, with grey skies. The warning went into effect at 11am, so we may have heavy rain later in the day. So far in Arguineguin, there have been some very small showers and spitting, but no heavy downpours as yet.
More updates to come later today:
1pm: The sun is still out despite the clouds in San Fernando de Maspalomas – people are walking round in shorts and t-shirts. Things look worse towards the mountains, there is a low cloud looking very threatening.
1.30pm: Decided to drive up to the cloud and to the lookout point of Degollada de las Yeguas. There is usually a great view of Playa del Ingles from up here and of the lush barranco. Not today. It’s misty but not raining heavy, just really bad visibility and cold enough for a jumper.
2pm: Playa del Ingles has sunshine coming through the clouds and it feels warm compared to up at the lookout point.
6pm: Arguineguin – grey skies have been lurking most of the day and now suddenly we have a huge downpour of rain. I can see it raining again during the night.
There has been some terrible rainfall in Tenerife and La Palma, I retweeted out a few photos on Twitter
This is the current rainfall situation on the Canary Islands.
Weather Warning High Winds 19th December 2011
After a long period of dry weather, we have a yellow weather warning for high winds up to 70 km/h in Gran Canaria.
The warning is, so far until 20th December at 00:00hrs although the northern part of the island today has seen some heavy rain too, which moved down toward the south of the island later in the afternoon.
Arguineguin Sunset 30th December 2010
Neighbouring village to Puerto Rico, Arguineguin is a lovely place to grab a special photograph of the sunset. One of our favourite places to see the sunset is Restaurante Sol y Sombra, where you can enjoy a cool drink and celebrate the end of a lovely day in the south of Gran Canaria.
Weather Warning Storms for Canaries 15th-17th December 2010
AEMET have issued yellow weather alerts for wind and rain in the Canary Islands from today Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th December 2010.
A storm is said to be approaching from the Atlantic Ocean and will affect the western islands mainly and gradually moving across, affecting Gran Canaria in the early hours of Friday morning. Gran Canaria may see some gusty wind of up to 75 km/h and heavy rain.
Weather Warning Heavy Rainfall 4th December 2010
AEMET have issued an orange weather alert for Sunday 5th December for mainly the left side of the Canary Islands including Gran Canaria. The islands are to expect high winds and rain, wind getting up to 110 km/h in Tenerife.
Gran Canaria is forecast winds of 80-90 km/h with heavy rainfall. The latest storm is said to start early hours of Sunday morning.
Weather Warning Strong Winds 21st December 2009
We have yet another weather warning, there seem to be alot this month but, it’s important to know about them. Flights were cancelled and delayed earlier on this evening in La Palma and La Gomera due to the strong winds.
The Canary Islands in general have been on and off yellow alert for the past week for storms and torrential rain. AEMET have put yellow and orange alerts in place for strong winds in all of the islands.
The yellow alert is for Monday 21st December 2009, and will affect the mountains “cumbres” of the island with wind gusts up to 75 km/h. Then on Tuesday 22nd December 2009 we are on orange alert which is more severe and will see gusts of wind up to 95 km/h and is said to affect the whole island. This is very likely to be accompanied by rain for the next 3 days or so.
Weather Warning Storms 16th December 2009
Although December seemed to start off sunny, we have had a lot of cloud over the last week with quite a few rain showers with some thunder and lightening thrown into the mix. After just getting through the last weather warning and with plenty of downpours today, AEMET have announced yet another yellow alert for the Canary Islands.
The storm, which has made an appearance already will see heavy rain in the western province of the Gran Canaria, particularly in the west, south and east and will start off in the island of La Palma. We are also to see strong winds and coastal phenomena mainly in the northern parts.
UPDATE: 17/12/09 – Gran Canaria is back on alert from Thursday evening 17/12/09 to Friday 18/12/09 for rain and wind gusts of up to 70 km/h.
Weather Warning Heavy Rain 11th December 2009
AEMET have declared a yellow weather warning for the Canary Islands starting from Friday 11th December 2009. Heavy rain is expected from around midday on the left hand side of the archipelago and across toward Gran Canaria.
After the last weather alert of 17th November 2009 when whole barrancos collapsed in Tenerife and floods caused chaos in Las Palmas the government take no chances in making sure the public know what to expect weather wise. We may have around 60mm of rain in 12 hours.