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Sandstorm Warning 9th – 10th March
Today (Wednesday 8th) has been very hot, especially for March! This afternoon temperatures were around 32ºC degrees in El Tablero and 28ºC in Arguineguin. The air is hot but despite that the sky has been quite blue today. We do, however have a yellow weather warning for Thursday and Friday for suspended dust, which we call a calima. It’s when sand is lifted up from the Sahara Desert and is blown over the Canary Islands.
The UV index is still higher than usual and we are expecting reduced visibility so that means the sky could look very hazy tomorrow and Friday. Temperatures will probably be around the same 30ºC degrees more or less during the daytime, feeling fresher of an evening.
Gran Canaria Weather March 1st 2017
It’s a new month and already starting to feel like Spring in Gran Canaria. Today has been hot and hazy with a light calima hovering over the island. Day time temperatures are around 26ºC degrees with a UV index of 7 which means that you can still burn, even in this winter sun.
There is a chance of rain forecast for the weekend, which if it does happen is very typical for this time of year. It always rains during Carnival season, but if it does it won’t last long.
Gran Canaria Weather March 30th 2016
April showers have arrived early! It started off as a warm and sunny day but as the afternoon went on, the clouds dominated the sky. In Patalavaca one side of the sky was blue with clouds, while the other side towards Tenerife was angry with rain clouds.
It began to rain quite heavy for about an hour with a couple rumbles of thunder, but the sunshine pushed through and the blue sky has come back just before sunset.
There is actually a weather warning for heavy rain in the western Canary Islands, and rain predicted for the south of Gran Canaria for tomorrow too. As always I will keep you posted.
Gran Canaria Weather March 28th 2016
It’s almost April, this year is flying by! Summer will soon be here, although it feels like it already with temperatures of 28ºC degrees in the south. I took a quick walk on the promenade at Patalavaca today. The restaurants seemed to be doing well as did the small supermarket.
The town hall have cleared the tall wispy trees from by the ramp so the view is totally different now.
Don Paco beach on the other side was equally as busy. It appeared there were still some people with time off work and school from the Easter holidays.
Gran Canaria Weather March 9th 2016
How does blue skies and sunshine sound? After a little weather blip and the first calima of the year, Spring is on the way. Temperatures in the south of Gran Canaria are about 25ºC degrees in the daytime. Take a look at these photos taken on Amadores Beach today.
Gran Canaria Weather March 2nd 2016
I wish I could tell you that it was sunshine and blue skies today in the south of Gran Canaria, but I like to keep it real. At the moment we have what’s called a calima, basically suspended sand from the Sahara desert is lingering in the sky. It makes the horizon look horrible but the temperatures usually go up, despite it looking gloomy.
This is the view from the Altamadores in Puerto Rico this afternoon. You can see down to Amadores Beach from there and it’s actually a really nice walk down. If you are into hiking you might like the walk back up too! 😉
Gran Canaria Weather March 21st 2015
AEMET have issued a weather warning for heavy rain commencing Sunday 22nd March on Gran Canaria. There has already been ice and snowfall on the peaks in Tenerife in the last few days plus some rain showers on other islands.
Yesterday in the south of Gran Canaria, like today, started off sunny but soon turned cloudy in the afternoon. Today has been beautiful although there are some clouds lurking.
Here’s a short video I filmed on Friday down on Playa de las Marañuelas in Arguineguin just before the rain started. It didn’t rain for very long.
The warning is in place for the whole island from 06:00 until midnight on Sunday. As always I will keep you updated on the situation, especially since we also have snow forecast for Gran Canaria’s peaks.
Gran Canaria Weather March 6th 2015
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for suspended sand due to a calima over the island of Gran Canaria.
The desert sand is blowing from the Sahara and will cause hazy skies and higher temperatures than usual over the weekend of Saturday 7th March until at least Sunday evening on the 8th.
You can see in this photo I shared earlier on Gran Canaria Blog’s Facebook page just how hazy and full of sand the sky was today.
Although the warning is from Saturday, it was already very hazy today looking both out to sea and towards the mountains. In fact it was very hot yesterday when I was in Puerto de Mogan. All of the Canary Islands will be affected by this weather phenomenon, with wind warnings for the islands to the East also.
Gran Canaria Weather March 23rd 2013
Patalavaca Beach is located in the Mogan coast between Anfi del Mar and Arguineguin. There are 2 small beaches within Patalavaca, one is known to locals as Don Paco and lately the beaches have experienced some high waves.
This has caused some of the sand to recede back into the Ocean and less space for sunbathing, but it’s still one of my favourite rugged beaches along the coast.
After a hard day at the office it was time for a nice stroll somewhere and what better somewhere than the promenade connecting Anfi del Mar – Patalavaca – Arguineguin.
I wanted to check out the sunset and appreciate the warmth that we have on the island for this time of year, whilst other parts of Europe are covered in frosty snow and ice.
I hope you enjoy this video of the sun setting to the left of Anfi del Mar, it’s my first HD video on YouTube (make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any videos) after a camera upgrade so I do hope you enjoy the sound also of the waves.
Gran Canaria Weather March 12th 2013
It’s a really hot day today in the south of Gran Canaria, so to change up the pace I went to for an adventure in Playa del Cura.
Just along the coast from Puerto Rico and Taurito, Playa del Cura is small but does have several hotels to enjoy a relaxing holiday right on the beach.
Playa del Cura Beach:
Gran Canaria Weather March 5th 2013
The Canary Islands had an intense storm over the weekend. Yesterday there were very high hurricane winds and heavy rainfall in a short space of time.
It caused power cuts, trees fell, rocks fell and flights were cancelled but today seemed much better as most of the cloud is now up in the mountainous areas and the coastline of Mogan although hazy this evening had a prettier and less rough sunset.
Playa de las Marañuelas in Arguineguin, Gran Canaria:
Gran Canaria Weather March 1st 2013
AEMET released a storm warning for the Canary Islands with hurricane winds more than 100 km/h and heavy rain.
The rain is set to arrive in Gran Canaria on Saturday 2nd March with Sunday 3rd bringing the yellow warning of wind and rain, orange for the peak areas.
This afternoon in Arguineguin it was beautiful but very wavy on Playa la Lajilla. There were plenty of people enjoying refreshments at local Sol y Sombra restaurant although only 3 people having a splash in the water.
In a matter of half an hour, the sky changed from this..
to this stormy scene!
Gran Canaria Weather March 21st 2012
I think you will agree that Amadores Beach in Puerto Rico looked absolutely stunning this afternoon! The picturesque beach in the south-west of Gran Canaria is a beautiful place to relax and absorb the warmth.
Gran Canaria Weather March 8th 2012
The easiest way to describe what a calima looks like is to show you some images. Both images below are webcam stills from Puerto Rico beach and harbour today. The one on the left is from 9am and the one on the right is 6pm.
As you can see the sky this morning was brighter and blue, still a little hazy but you can see the horizon. Later this afternoon the suspended sand which blows over from the Sahara, is very low and causes bad visibility along with a more humid feeling in the air.
It is advised to drink plenty of water in the occurrence of a calima and special care to be taken for anyone with respiratory problems.
Gran Canaria Weather March 6th 2012
As the skies turned hazy Monday and Tuesday of this week in Gran Canaria, it was confirmed by AEMET that wind gusts will carry a calima (suspended sand) from the Sahara over to the Canaries this week. The forecast for Thursday 8th March indicates suspended dust, high clouds and wind gusts although it could come a day earlier.
Gran Canaria Weather March 21st 2011
After the snow, cold front and rain we had on the island in the 1st part of the month, we now have a calima, (Saharan Air Layer).
There is no weather warning from AEMET, which is probably because it’s not as intense as past calimas.
Gran Canaria Weather March 14th 2011
The storm that was predicted with the cold front has brought a fantastic dusting of snow to the cumbres of Gran Canaria. The mountainous zones of the island including Pozo de las Nieves was inundated with visitors today, as many enjoyed the snow, even sledging!
The down-side to the beautiful snow is that roads have been closed, there has been ice on the roads and people have had to call emergency services to help their stuck vehicles.
Gran Canaria Weather March 12th 2011
AEMET have upgraded the forecast to yellow weather warnings for the whole of Gran Canaria for rain and snow! Yes, there has been snow on the island before, but it is quite rare to see a yellow warning for it.
A cold front approaching the islands will cause a drop in temperature along with snow in the mountainous areas of the island at 1800 meters.
The warning is in place from Sunday morning as you can see from the graph below.
Gran Canaria Weather March 10th 2011
AEMET have yet to issue any weather warnings as such, but data for the Mogán area suggests a storm for Monday in the Canary Islands including Gran Canaria.
There are high chances of rain from Saturday onwards and there is also a chance of snow in Gran Canaria over the weekend. Monday is expected to be the worst day with rain and a drop in temperature.
Gran Canaria Weather March 18th 2010
It seems the first “calima” of the year also known as “Saharan Air Layer” is upon us already as the temperatures have soared today up to 35 degrees. This time last year we also experienced this weather phenomena of suspended dust and warm wind, which originates from North Africa.
AEMET have put a yellow weather warning in place for this particular calima, which is to affect all of the Canary Islands from today Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:00 until Friday, 19 March 2010 15:00.
During a calima you may find you have a dry throat or feel like you have no energy, you must drink plenty of water and take special care if you have any respiratory problems such as asthma.
Take some shade and be very careful, although the sky looks grey and dull, the sun is still very intense and you can get very burnt, so sunscreen is still essential.
Gran Canaria Weather March 26th 2009
AEMET have declared a yellow weather warning starting from Thursday 26th March 09 for heavy rain and storms in the Canary Islands.
Toward the end of today, the islands of La Palma and Tenerife will have heavy rain and isolated storms.
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura will experience cloudy intervals and the temperature will drop on the western side of the islands with temperatures around 13.9ºc degrees. The wind and rain is due to make an appearance in the afternoon in Gran Canaria.