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TIP: November, although obviously a lot cooler than Summer is usually still pretty hot, with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s. Evenings can get cold, a light jacket or cardigan can come in handy.
Last day of November 2017
Here we are on the last days of November already. This month has indeed been balmy and warm compared with other years. There have been some very hot days, particularly at the beginning of the month. As December begins and ‘Winter is coming’ we might see some rain. This rain is what we would usually have in October so if it does come to Gran Canaria, expect short downpours with the temperatures still above 20ºC degrees!
The great thing about this time of year is the amazing sunsets. Wintersun sunsets are often beautiful bursts of orange and reds across the skies, like this photo taken last night from outside Eden Apartments in Puerto Rico with a view of the volcano in Tenerife!
Summer in November 2017?
The past few days we’ve had calima and warm winds. Evenings have been tropical and on last night’s stroll along the promenade at Amadores Beach no cardigans or light jackets were needed! A storm has just been to the west of the Canary Islands but it didn’t reach Gran Canaria, instead it pulled sand over from the Sahara, hence the warmer than usual weather.
The forecast for the south of Gran Canaria this week shows more of the same warm temperatures for tomorrow around 28ºC degrees and the possibility of rain the first days of December. I’ve mentioned several times, it’s very difficult to predict more than 3 days ahead here on the islands but as usual I will keep you posted.
19th November 2017
What an absolutely beautiful day it was in San Agustin today. This is the wintersun that the island is famous for. People were enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon on Playa de las Burras, swimmming, kitesurfing and strolling along the promenade with icecream.
17th November 2017
Snow? Yes there was a brief snowfall on Mt Teide in Tenerife on 17th November, but it didn’t last long.
Many of our Facebook readers couldn’t believe it when we shared the photos but that really is the magic of the Canary Islands.
Hello November 2017
Based on previous years, the end of October – beginning of November have been somewhat rainy with occasional storms. This year it’s as if the Summer has extended, here we are on the 10th November with daytime temperatures of around 28ºC degrees and evenings are still pretty mild too. I haven’t needed that light jacket or cardigan yet.
Today I took a walk through the Hotel RIU Palace Maspalomas in Playa del Ingles which has a pathway through to the Maspalomas Sand Dunes. It was windy but hot, especially for November! Many people were beginning the adventure through the dunes to the beach to catch some sunshine. It did seem like we had a calima today too as it was hazy and that familiar heat, so it’s still very important to use a decent sunscreen and hydrate.
The calima is supposedly going to feel more intense from the afternoon on Saturday 11th November as the desert dust pushes over the islands. Hopefully by Sunday it will be a bit clearer.
Well it’s the end of November already and it’s been a mixed month with some very hot days and some stormy days. I do apologize for the lack of updates this month. My dog has been ill and life got in the way. He is fine now 🙂
Head on over to the December weather post for more updates.
4th November 2016
According to reports, there is another electrical storm close to the Canary Islands. The south is expecting some rain this weekend, much like last weekend’s storm.
Today has been sunny with some cloud and temperatures were around 28ºC degrees. It’s still great sunbathing weather in the south of Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria Weather November 30th 2015
Here we are at the end of November already! Things really ‘cooled’ down this week and yesterday was very much a grey day in the south of Gran Canaria. This morning the warm wind that is associated with a calima, made an appearance.
Last night we had a really nice red and orange sunset.
Gran Canaria Weather November 22nd 2015
We had a sunny start to the day and some beautiful hot weather in Puerto Rico over the last couple of days as the end of the calima burnt itself out. Evenings have cooled down quite a bit now, last night as I walked by Puerto Rico beach, I was glad to have my hoodie on. Right now in Arguineguin it has clouded over and the air is cooler than usual, still above 20ºC degrees I’m sure.
Here’s the forecast for the week ahead in the Mogán area includes Arguineguin, Puerto Rico, Taurito and Puerto de Mogán:
According to the forecast, rain IS on the way. Here is a screenshot from the Vega de San Mateo webcam, the cloud is so low!
Gran Canaria Calima 10th/11th November 2015
November has been beautiful so far. You would hardly believe that we headed into ‘Winter’ as temperatures have been in the 30ºC’s this week. That is mainly because of the calima over the Canary Islands at the moment.
It’s still very hazy outside and the wind did get up again this afternoon but the calima remains. Hopefully the skies will be a little clearer tomorrow and my next photo is of bright blue sky. Some weather sites are reporting the sandy atmosphere until at least Friday.
Today’s photo was taken in Playa del Ingles outside of the Hotel RIU Palace Maspalomas. It was very hot (for November anyway) with temps of 32ºC degrees.
The thick layer of sand has blown over from the Sahara Desert, causing the temperatures to increase and we’ve also have some wind. Usually after a calima, the temperature changes a little. In Winter the ‘normal’ daytime temperature will decrease by 1 or 2 degrees and in Summer it will increase.
As you can see from Tuesday’s photo, the sky is very hazy. It looks like this calima episode will be around for another day or 2 until it blows away and we can enjoy hot days and cooler evenings. In the meantime, I’m off to clean the dust in my house (again) 🙂
Gran Canaria Hurricane Winds and Coastal Threat 28th November 2014
AEMET have issued red and orange weather warnings in the Canary Islands for hurricane strength winds and huge waves. Gran Canaria is on red warning for gales up to 130km/h in the peaks and the North of the island, with the rest of the island on orange warning for winds of 100km/h.
Take care if you are near the beach, respect beach flags and use common sense as there is also a warning for waves up to 6 metres high!
In the south of Gran Canaria, it’s looking very grey outside and there is rain forecast for today. If you haven’t already, secure any loose items such as plants and decorations on your balcony or roof.
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It’s very windy out there, but apparently the worse is to come this afternoon, although it sounds a lot calmer here in the south. Earlier on this afternoon I took a look round Amadores Beach, Puerto Rico Beach and Arguineguin to see what was going on. The seas are very rough and I can see why it would be very dangerous to swim or get too close. Thankfully most people were taking notice of the red flags!
A yacht has been washed up looking a bit battered onto the beach and kite surfers enjoyed the unusually windy weather on Playa de las Marañuelas in Arguineguin.
Heavy Rain and Storms for Gran Canaria 19th/20th November 2014
AEMET have issued a yellow and orange weather warning for heavy rain and storms in Gran Canaria from 06:00am Wednesday 19th November – Thursday 20th evening.
We’ve already had some rain, Monday evening in Vecindario there was an impressive downpour and most of Tuesday has been rainy with sunny intervals in the south.
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According to the forecast, the rain is expected to last right up until the weekend. (forecast is from Mogán)
Here’s a rainy palm tree pic from Vecindario, I’m also really enjoying fan pics over on Gran Canaria Blog’s Facebook Page.
17:15hr As expected it rained heavy this afternoon, one minute it was sunny with blue sky trying to break through the storm clouds, the next thing the ground was drenched! I could see the rain coming off the sea in Puerto Rico, drove along the coast 5 minutes to Amadores Beach and it was suddenly torrential!
Snow on La Palma and Tenerife
Well the forecast for snow was right, the first flakes of the season have fallen in Roque de los Muchachos and Parador Nacional del Teide.
At this very moment it’s sunny and we could be in for a lovely sunset. Warnings are still in place for Friday.
09:30hr Good morning! Here in the south of Gran Canaria, it’s a dark start to the day, with lots of grey cloud coverage and it’s just begun to rain. I’m not sure of the temperature but it’s hoodie weather for me personally. AEMET have raised the warning to orange for heavy rain today and storms today. The rain is expected to get heavier from around midday. I’ve yet to hear any thunder or see and lightning but I will keep you posted.
21:00hr Here is another video from today, that I shot in Puerto Rico as the water was flowing like crazy down into the sea.
Check out the blog post from Puerto Rico here, it includes more photos from today.
Snow in Gran Canaria?
AEMET have kept the weather warning in place for Friday also, with more rain expected and possibly some snow on the peaks at 1900m on Thursday evening/Friday morning. Pico de las Nieves is the highest point of the island at 1949m, so we will see. I won’t be headed up into the mountains, for a couple of reasons, it’s not safe to be driving with risk of rockfall after such heavy rain, also because if there is a sign it might snow of a weekend, the peaks will be full of people.
15:40hr Well I’ve had a great morning of ‘storm chasing’ and taken plenty of videos and photos. Please make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to get updates on videos, (they aren’t all of the rain, there is a very nice one of Amadores Beach in January) As of right now the rain has stopped but according to weather forecaster Vicky Palma, there is another storm building form to the west of the Canaries.
The barranco that runs through Maspalomas is inundated with rushing water coming down from the mountains. Here’s a video I made earlier today, photos are on the way too.
09:25hr Now I have a small leak at home, the water is coming down from the roof terrace, under the door so I’ve put some old towels down. Hopefully it won’t get too bad. It also feels like the wind has picked up a little and the rain changed direction.
08:30hr – 09:00hr Very heavy rain in Arguineguin, which started out with the sunrise and then suddenly turned very dark at 09:00hr, I’ve had to switch the lights on in the office which feels very strange. I haven’t heard many people in the street so I’m guessing not many kids went to school today.
05:30hr I heard really heavy rain early on and went to check all my windows, so far no leaks.
11:45hr It’s calm in the south of Gran Canaria, but as always I will keep you updated as I know more.
Gran Canaria Weather November 30th Arguineguin 2013
Arguineguin is in the south-east of Gran Canaria, and although isn’t one of the main resorts, certainly attracts many tourists in the Winter months.
The mild weather is one of the main attractions of this small fishing village, which hosts a market every Tuesday in the Plaza Negra and a smaller one on Thursdays in the Ancora Shopping Center.
A very warm day, with a bright blue sky over the Ancora Center in Arguineguin.
Below is an example of a cloudy day. As you can see, despite the cloudy and cooler day, there are still people dining ‘al fresco’ outside of Ciao Restaurant.
Heavy Rain and Storms 23rd November 2012
AEMET have issued weather warnings for the Canary Islands this weekend (Sunday 25th November). Gran Canaria in particular is forecast heavy rain from 6am and wind gusts up to 70 km/h.
Gran Canaria Weather November 29th 2010
Although so far it seems that the western islands have had the worst of the storm, here in the south of Gran Canaria it has been bad too.
One of our readers has sent us some videos, one of them shows a great lightning bolt over Arguineguin.
Gran Canaria Weather November 28th 2010 Extreme Storm Risk
The Canary Islands have been issued a red weather warning from AEMET of extreme risks of storms for Sunday 28th and Monday 29th November.
The storm which is coming in from the Atlantic Ocean has already affected the left hand side of the archipelago and today (Sunday) La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera have risk of intense gales, rain and thunderstorms.
Monday is to be when the storm really hits Tenerife and the bottom half of Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria Weather November 26th 2010 Stormy Weather for Canaries
AEMET still have weather warnings in place for the weekend from 26th – 30th November and we are to expect a second storm of more intensity.
The wind picked up late last night followed by some short showers, but according to weather enthusiasts at CazaTormentas we are to expect ‘Andres’ a tropical storm coming across from the Atlantic Ocean and it’s expected to hit the Canary Islands on Sunday.