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10th January 2018
Blue skies and sunshine are winning this January! Yesterday was cloudy and there was even some rain on the drive to check out the sales in Atlantico Shopping Center in Vecindario. Today has been beautiful and was certainly sunbathing weather in the south.
Here’s a snap of a cheeky pup enjoying the sunshine today at Playa de la Lajilla in Arguineguin, which is undergoing a renovation. We think he was the contractor’s dog, keeping an eye on the work. 😉
According to the short term weather forecast at AEMET, we are in for some cooler days and rain from the weekend, maybe even some snow up in the peaks! I will keep you posted about that but it’s typically that time of year when we might see some snow in Gran Canaria.
Happy New Year from Gran Canaria 2018
Happy New Year from Gran Canaria! We’ve had beautiful weather for the past 2 days with nice hot temperatures of 27ºC degrees in the south of the island.
We saw the New Year in at Bahia Feliz with a nice walk along the beach path to be greeted with a wonderful view and a splash from the waves. As you can see there were plenty of people enjoying the sunshine on the beach and in the chiringuito.
Afterwards we enjoyed a strong coffee and donut at Kirsti’s Cafe Espresso.
Rain on the way 26th January 2017
Once again sorry for the lack of weather updates, I’ve been sick with the flu. On to the weather! Daily temperatures in the south of Gran Canaria have been in the low 20’s with evening temps dipping to 15ºC degrees. Reports are showing that we have some rain on the way Thursday and Friday. It seems like Tenerife and the islands further west will have more rain than Gran Canaria though.
This afternoon in Arguineguin was cloudy but pleasant enough for some to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the beach.
Windy Weather 8th January 2017
Happy New Year from Gran Canaria! Sorry for the lack of updates, but I have been enjoying some quality time with my family over the Christmas holidays. 🙂 As always my weather reports come from the south-west of Gran Canaria, so the weather may be quite different in Las Palmas or the mountains from my report, especially in the Winter months.
Last night the gusty wind came back which was around for most of the latter part of December. Right now the sky has a slight calima and while the wind temperature is quite mild, night time can get quite cool. I was in Taurito taking an evening walk last night and even some holidaymakers were wearing scarves with their jackets. The day time temperatures are around 22-25ºC degrees and nice if you can find a sheltered spot out of the wind.
There are currently no weather warnings but please do pay attention to beach flags and tides. Hopefully the wind will die down soon.
Gran Canaria Weather January 22nd 2016
Welcome to January 2016’s Gran Canaria weather thread. Just like December last year, this month is proving to be very Summer like in terms of daytime temperatures.
This is what Friday looks like in Gran Canaria. Stunning isn’t it? These are the famous Dunas de Maspalomas. Would you like to know where to take this photo from? Keep reading after the weather report for a Gran Canaria secret. Shhh. 😉
So as you can see sunshine, blue sky and wait, is that a cloud or two? Those Cirrus clouds are a sign that we have a calima episode on the way. This just means the atmosphere will get a bit dusty as the sand blows over from Africa usually with high temperatures. Rain could be on the way (normal for Carnival time) during the last weekend of this month.
Gran Canaria Secret #1
Would you like to take a photo like the one above? Head to the RIU Palace Maspalomas in Playa del Ingles and go through the reception.
Technically, the reception is either side and the beach path goes straight through the middle of the hotel. Nice huh? Keep walking all the way to the end, where there are some large steps to take in the view and enjoy this magnificent landmark!
Gran Canaria Weather January 15th 2016
It’s been a rather grey Friday here in the south of Gran Canaria. Despite the cloud, the temperatures were an unseasonal 32ºC degrees. There were plenty of people on Meloneras Beach this afternoon enjoying the heat.
It looks like a dry week ahead and so far, no rain on the radar. Hurricane Alex did in fact head north and has caused some chaos in the Azores. It has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Gran Canaria Weather January 13th 2016
Sub-tropical Storm Alex update:
There’s a lot of chatter about tropical storm Alex which is forming in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of the Canary Islands.
Experts are surprised that hurricane season has started so early in the year, which hasn’t happened since 1978. They are also confident that it poses no threat to land. As I mentioned yesterday, the spaghetti model is still predicting it will move north towards the Azores.
There are no weather warnings for the Canaries but I will keep updating if there is any change.
Gran Canaria Weather January 12th 2016
These thin and wispy Cirrus clouds decorated a blue sky today over Loma Dos in Arguineguin, once again it was a hot day. From experience, these type of cloud usually indicate a calima is on the way.
It really doesn’t feel like Winter at all, except for the evenings. Last night at around 10pm it was 16ºC degrees in Puerto Rico, so as you can see this 10ºC+ degree drop from daytime is why you may need a cardigan or light jacket of an evening.
As far as predictions go, there is a storm brewing in the Atlantic Ocean at the moment, but the trajectory is heading further North towards the Azores. Stay tuned I will keep you updated on this.
Gran Canaria Weather January 8th 2016
The south of Gran Canaria is experiencing temperatures of around 28ºC degrees, with cooler evenings around 19ºC degrees, which is lovely after a hot day.
Bright blue skies are prominent today as we finish the first week of January. The forecast for the week is looking lovely with more Winter sunshine.
The warm weather was even enjoyed by the 3 Kings 😉 as they were spotted having a swim and watching the sunset at La Lajilla beach in Arguineguin.
Gran Canaria Calima 13th January 2015
I’ve lost count how many calimas we have had this month on the island, it’s either 4 or 5 so far!
The sand from the Sahara is just lingering in the air and I’m really missing the crisp blue skies that Gran Canaria is known for.
Lately, as soon as one calima has cleared up, another one has taken it’s place.
UPDATED: 14th January
Well what an improvement in just 24 hours! The sky is returning to a lovely blue colour at last. It’s been quite windy today but very sunny, especially on the roof top of Gloria Palace San Agustin, where I enjoyed a nice cold Nestea.
Reports are showing possible rain on Friday afternoon, so my advise is get out and enjoy that lovely weather.
View of the mountains from the highway in south Gran Canaria – 13/01/15
The question I’m being asked a lot on Facebook and Twitter is ‘When is the calima going to end?’. Some parts of the island have already had some rain (snow in the peaks) which is a good sign, don’t wash your car just yet though.
According to AEMET’s forecast, we could have some rain from Friday 16th onwards. I also heard that from Wednesday 14th, the wind will get up again, which is going to help blow the dust away, so fingers crossed for blue skies soon.
Here’s something to brighten up the blog a little. Today I was shopping at Carrefour in Atlantico Shopping Center, Vecindario and I saw this stand of tomatoes. So many variations to choose from! 🙂
Gran Canaria Weather January 2nd 2015
Saturday 3rd January 2015
I had a very sleepless night, mainly due to the wind whistling round my house and a neighbour’s aluminium roof collapsing into the street. Thankfully it was around 3am and nobody was walking in the street at that time.
Lunchtime and the wind is still very gusty in Arguineguin, the sun has popped it’s head out though so it’s taking some of the chill out of the air. I don’t remember feeling this cold in the daytime in Winter! (In Gran Canaria)
Friday 2nd January 2015
It rained a little during the night, but this morning is dry. It’s very windy here in south Gran Canaria, temperatures must be around 18ºC degrees. There is some blue sky peeking through which is a good sign, so let’s hope the wind continues to blow the sand away. AEMET have now extended the sandstorm warning through to Sunday 4th January. I’m hoping the weather picks up by Monday evening, as that’s when the 3 King’s parades happen on the island.
I decided to have a beach walk this afternoon, despite being windy, it looked like the sand was clearing a little. I took some videos so make sure to subscribe to my channel on Youtube so you don’t miss out.
Here’s a photo I took of Playa la Lajilla on the way to Patalavaca today:
Thursday 1st January 2015
Happy New Year! My 1st day of the year was spent in Arinaga, which you will see in an upcoming blog post. Despite the cool wind, there were people taking a New Year’s Day swim on Playa de Arinaga. It was hard to take photos with the haze but here is short video:
Gran Canaria Weather January 9th 2014
There has been chatter on various weather forums over the past week about possible snow fall this week in the Canary Islands.
If you have ever looked over to Tenerife from Gran Canaria in the Winter time, you can sometimes see the very peak of Mt.Teide covered in a dusting of snow.
Finally today AEMET released their weather warnings for the islands this week, which include heavy rain and 3 cm of snow predicted for the peaks of La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
The heavy rain is expected on the whole of Gran Canaria from Wednesday 8th January at 22:00h and the snow in the peaks from early hours of Thursday 9th.
The highest point of Gran Canaria is Pico de las Nieves which is 1,949m high and near to a military base under the football shape radar. If it snows or gets very cold, this is a very interesting place to be.
Here is a photo taken at the highest point on 14th February 2012 of some rime ice on a bush:
The marvelous thing about this is that you can be in one of the holiday resorts in hot weather an hour or so away and it can be below zero in the mountains. This is positively one of my favourite things about the island of Gran Canaria.
I promise if I see any snow in the next few days, I will let you know about it!
Gran Canaria Weather January 2nd 2014
It’s a brand new year and what better way to spend it, than on a lovely Gran Canaria beach. Patalavaca beach in the south of Gran Canaria tempted me today as I’ve had a few days away from my desk. The weather has been absolutely wonderful over Christmas and New Year!
The day time temperatures as you can see are just right to enjoy topping up your suntan, although I’m personally finding the evenings a bit cooler now. When the daytime is about 28º degrees and evening is 15ºc degrees, the drop is noticeable.
It’s nice to be able to wear a sweater as a novelty, it gives me an excuse to wear my Christmas jumper actually!
Gran Canaria Weather January 2nd 2012
AEMET predict high waves for the next 2 days in the north coast of Gran Canaria, so far until Wednesday 4th January morning time. The other Canary Islands will also be affected, so expect some choppy waters.
Gran Canaria Weather January 29th 2011
Only a few days have passed since the last stormy weather on the islands and there is yet another yellow weather alert in place by AEMET.
Over the weekend of 29th January, the Canaries are to expect another intense storm, moving in from the South East and affecting the Western side of the Archipelago including Tenerife. Gran Canaria is also to expect some rain but does not have a weather alert in place at the moment, although there is very high chance of rain forecast.
Gran Canaria Weather January 25th 2011
AEMET have issued several weather warnings for all of the Canary Islands. The orange alert applies to all islands with a second yellow alert for the southern coasts of Gran Canaria, including Puerto Rico. The storms hit the islands yesterday but are to continue with heavy rain and winds for the next day or so. We are then to expect another stronger storm over the weekend of 29th January.
So far chaos has been caused via flooding in some islands and there is even snow on top of Mt. Teide in Tenerife and also the summits of La Palma. Gran Canaria is said to have had sleet earlier on this afternoon in the mountainous zones.
Gran Canaria Weather January 30th 2010
There is an orange weather alert in place from Saturday 30th January 2010 in Gran Canaria. According to AEMET we are to expect persistent thunderstorms until earlier next week and will sweep the Canary Islands with 100 litres of rain in 12 hours.
In December 2009, Tasarte suffered after severe rainfall, which devastated the small village with mudslides. The rainfall was about the same then as it is predicted to be over the weekend, hopefully AEMET have got the warning out in time for people to prepare.
Above you can see the predictions for the next week or so, the storm will progress from west to east of the islands.
The above satellite image shows the large cloud approaching the Canary Islands and already there has been an evacuation plan put into place in the island of La Palma, where more than 100 people have been advised to leave their homes. Also electrical company UNELCO are on standby incase of any power shortages cause by the storm.