Welcome to our detailed weather archive for Gran Canaria.
This article is dedicated to Gran Canaria Weather October 2010 to 2017. With photos, videos and in-resort updates, we give you the best idea of what weather to expect on your next Gran Canaria holiday.
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October Weather in Gran Canaria 2017
What a fantastic start to October we have had so far! The end of September finished with hazy skies and calimas. Temperatures are still very Summer like with 28ºC degrees average day time in the south of Gran Canaria. It’s perfect tanning weather at the moment and yes you can still burn your skin, so make sure to use sun protection and hydrate well.
Here’s what the 1st October looked like looking out over Tauro beach and panning round to Amadores.
The outlook for the week ahead is looking nice and sunny! Evening temperatures may start to drop a little, especially as the nights draw in. The sun is setting around 19:45h so make sure you get out a bit earlier than usual for those sunset photos.
Gran Canaria Storm Updates: 22nd-27th October 2016
Wow! What a lot of rain we’ve had in such a short space of time! The sun has desperately been trying to come out all afternoon despite the thick Ghostbusters style storm clouds. Temperatures have been about 22ºC degrees today, with a cooler wind than usual. Mt Teide in Tenerife got it’s first dusting of snow today too.
As I was enjoying a hot meal at Balcon Canario Restaurant in Puerto Rico this afternoon, I could hear cracks of thunder and there was some pretty impressive lightning too.
This evening’s evil looking sky was celebrating Halloween early!
— Brisamar Canteras (@BrisamarCantera) October 26, 2016
We are expecting more rain but AEMET have now lowered the weather warning to yellow and so far things are looking much brighter for the weekend.
We’ve had another mixed day of sunshine and clouds here in the south west, with a bit of rain but not much. The sky has had a stormy look to it for most of the day but it’s not bad.
This photo was taken in Puerto Rico Shopping Center this morning. It was VERY cloudy but that soon cleared as the clouds are moving very fast.
I took this live video this afternoon in Arguineguin’s La Lajilla beach aka Costa Alegre. It was pretty wild down there and we had a short rain shower.
AEMET have now issued orange weather warnings for heavy rain in Gran Canaria Tuesday 25th October and Wednesday 26th October.
The Canary Islands Government have also issued these important guidelines as the sea is very rough. Please do take care.
As I type this update I can hear thunder in the distance out at sea. I will keep you updated!
AEMET have now issued weather warnings for Monday and Tuesday for big waves and heavy rainfall, Tuesday looking to be the worst so far.
Right now it’s hot and sunny in the south west, although the clouds are beginning to creep back over. This was taken in Arguineguin at 1pm this afternoon.
There have been quite a few false forecasts over the last 2 weeks, storms predicted that never materialized and so I wanted to wait for sure before I made this weather report.
It looks like we are in for quite the rainy week in Gran Canaria and in the Canary Islands in general. This photo was taken at 4pm this afternoon in Puerto Rico overlooking Amadores beach.
Most of the day has been hot and sunny with temperatures around 29ºC degrees. The cirrus clouds that you can see in the photo often appear before a cold front. It’s already raining in the west of the island of La Palma.
According to reports the cold front will move in from Sunday 23rd bringing with it intense episodes of rain. The rainiest days are expected to be from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th. At the moment there is a yellow weather warning in place for big waves for Monday 24th. Please take care on the beaches and pay attention to beach flags. If the red flags are out, you shouldn’t be in the water.
Snow is expected on Tenerife during this episode of bad weather, so don’t be surprised if photos of fresh snow on Mt Teide pop up on the internet in the next few days.
Here is the rainfall probability for the week starting Sunday in the south/west of Gran Canaria. It’s very likely that it will rain Sunday morning, easing off before some showers later in the day.
This GFS Model shows just what we are waiting for:
Right now it’s 7pm and the sun is still shining. Everything looks great so far in the south of Gran Canaria, but I will keep you posted. AEMET have yet to issue any rain or storm warnings. If you live in Gran Canaria, I’d advise you to make sure the drains are clear and any outdoor furniture is secure.
Gran Canaria Weather October 7th 2016
Time for a Gran Canaria weather report. I’m not sure how the weather is up in the north of Gran Canaria right now, but down here in the south-west, it started with a beautiful cloudless sky. This was taken in Puerto Rico this morning.
It’s been a pretty hot day with temperatures around 30ºC degrees! That was until the clouds came back (they were lurking last night too) and it cooled down a couple of degrees. It looked like it was going to rain but it was still warm this evening in Arguineguin. People were still swimming at Playa la Lajilla and the air was quite muggy.
Gran Canaria Weather October 1st 2016
October has arrived and it’s looking more like Summer! Aside from a few clouds here and there, we have a lovely blue sky in the south west of Gran Canaria. The temperatures have been quite hot today too, around 31ºC degrees.
This is what Playa del Ingles looks like this evening at 18:05hr! Still great weather to be soaking up the sun or eating dinner al fresco
According to the forecast for the next few days, it’s very likely that we will see some rain Monday and Tuesday. I don’t like to read too much into long term forecasts because clouds can easily blow by the islands, but a couple days ahead gives me a better idea of what to expect. The temperatures look like they will stay the same during the rain showers.
I’ll keep you posted about the rain, if we get any.
End of October in Gran Canaria 2015
Despite forecasts of more rain, here in the south of Gran Canaria we’ve had some lovely hot days. On Wednesday I took a drive to El Pajar, the atmosphere on the beach was very relaxed and perfect for sunbathing.
It’s possible that we may have some rain during this evening (31st October) but the rest of the week is looking great for now. You can keep up with Gran Canaria November weather here.
More Rain and Storms for Gran Canaria 23rd October 2015
Once again, the south west of Gran Canaria has had a lovely sunny day. It DID rain a couple of times, Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Those heavy showers are lingering and seem to have spun anti clockwise round the Canary Islands.
There are predictions of isolated storms and once again heavy rain but this time AEMET have included the whole island and have upped the warning to orange which means an important risk. It could well be sunny and hot at some points in the day but when it rains, IT RAINS.
The Canarian Government have also issued MAXIMUM ALERT for rain. This might not be as bad as it sounds, but after the flooding in Las Palmas and further north I don’t think they want to take any chances.
The latest weather warning comes into play at midnight and extends until Friday night, (so far). It could be downgraded, it might not. It’s just a waiting game really.
Heavy Rainfall 20th October 2015
After a stunning day of sunshine in the south-west of Gran Canaria, it’s hard to believe the news reports I’m seeing of the flash flooding in other parts of the island today!
Some roads have been very flooded and dangerous, so do take care if you are off exploring the island. The Canarian Government have issued an alert for rain. AEMET did issue an orange aviso earlier for a couple of hours. The rain doesn’t actually last that long, it’s the intensity and amount that falls in a short time which is causing problems.
Las Arenas Shopping Center in Las Palmas is like a swimming pool. I feel bad for the shop workers trying to keep out the floods with a mop in hand.
Las Arenas es piscina. pic.twitter.com/4CRAGNsY6N
— miplayadelascanteras (@LasCanteras) October 20, 2015
I’ve also been informed that the first flutter of snow of the season has fallen on Mt.Teide in Tenerife!
Stormy Weather 16th October 2015
A huge belt of rain has crossed the Canary Islands today and is currently over Gran Canaria on it’s way West. It started this morning at about 5am and continued into the early afternoon. AEMET have placed a storm warning for high wind, heavy rainfall and waves for Gran Canaria.
The forecast for the week ahead is looking pretty rainy too!
The taxi rank in Puerto Rico was busy this lunchtime. It looks like a good day for the shops though as most people in the queue have a shopping bag of some sort.
Here’s a video from today of Arguineguin, Puerto Rico and Playa del Ingles to give you an idea of what it’s been like.
UPDATE: 8:30pm The heavy rain just returned in Arguineguin. We haven’t really had any wind in the south-west of Gran Canaria yet, but that could change.
Calima and Sunsets 8th October 2015
The first week of October was quite hot due to a calima (suspended sand in the air) from Africa. Then the blue skies returned and the beginning of a season of amazing ‘Winter’ sunsets. This was taken on the 8th October over Amadores Beach in Puerto Rico.
Here we are on 10th October with the first rainy day of the season. The forecast for rain due to the ex-hurricane Joaquin is supposedly to last the weekend and into next week. It was hard for me to believe we were due any rain as the skies were a beautiful blue even just an hour ago.
At the moment it’s raining in Arguineguin and Puerto Rico has had steady rain since 4pm.
More updates after I’ve been out and about. 🙂
Heavy Rain Forecast for Gran Canaria 28th October 2014
A cloudy start to the day here in Gran Canaria south and AEMET have placed a yellow weather warning for heavy rain. The warning is in place from 13:00h – 23:00h this evening.
Heavy rain is forecast to affect Tenerife and the whole of Gran Canaria except for the North. As usual when we get rain, the temperatures remain warm.
Here is a still from the webcam at Playa del Ingles looking out to sea:
Autumn Heatwave for Gran Canaria 22nd October 2014
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for high temperatures of 34ºC degrees in Gran Canaria for Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd October.
The warning is from 11:00h Wednesday – 19:00h Thursday and includes most of the island. Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are also expected to have warmer temperatures today.
The morning has started off hazy, as you can see from these webcam stills from Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico. As always I will keep you updated.
Storm Warning for Gran Canaria 19th October 2014
AEMET have issued a storm warning for the Canary Islands this Sunday 19th October. The whole of Gran Canaria is forecast heavy rain, thunder and lightning from 11am Sunday morning.
The island of La Palma is on orange warning as the Atlantic storm sweeps from the west across the rest of the Canaries. I’ll keep you updated, as of Saturday evening in the south of Gran Canaria all is well, the calm before the storm maybe?
10pm Gran Canaria South:
After a short drive to Puerto de Mogan it was clear that we weren’t going to get as much rain as Tenerife. Yes we did have a couple of short downpours but nothing like was expected. Early on I ate dinner at Scooter’s Pizza Factory (blog post coming soon) and thankfully their canopies were waterproof and not a drop fell on any of the diners as we had a downpour.
At sunset the sky was a marvellous sight in Puerto Rico. Over Amadores and towards Tenerife orange and pink swirled above as the light bounced off of the rain clouds in the distance.
Monday and Tuesday are forecast to be cloudy with a small chance of rain, with things looking better from Wednesday onwards.
3.30pm Gran Canaria south:
In the last 30 minutes, we’ve had some fine rain, but nothing crazy. The wind has picked up and it’s a little cooler. According to twitter it’s begun to rain hard in Telde, with some strong gusts of wind.
2pm Gran Canaria south:
Here is a photo taken in Puerto Rico from Eden Apartments, the sky is thick with cloud but still no rain.
1pm Gran Canaria south
Very calm outside, huge grey cloud hovering over us. No sign of any rain yet and no wind. This morning lightning was visible looking over to Tenerife, they have had some terrible floods and are currently on orange warning along with El Hierro and La Gomera.
Gran Canaria is expected to see rain this afternoon. Stay tuned.
Wednesday 22nd October 2013
It’s very hot in south Gran Canaria today. Earlier this afternoon, a temperature clock in El Tablero was showing 42ºC degrees. The air is very warm, a bit like being blasted with a hairdryer. This is caused by suspended sand from the Sahara, the S.A.L Saharan Air Layer, or simply called a ‘calima’.
Calimas usually fade out after a few days, after which temperatures will resume the seasonal norm. According to AEMET the heatwave will also be present tomorrow. The best thing to do in this heat is take a cool dip in a swimming pool or a refreshing swim in the sea.
Wind and Rain Warning Issued for Canaries 29th October 2012
AEMET have issued yellow and orange weather warnings in Gran Canaria this week, for high winds and rain, which will also affect the other Canary Islands.
The mountain peaks are expected to be worse, and rain is set to be heavy for Wednesday 31st October.
Heavy Rain for Gran Canaria 27th October 2012
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Gran Canaria from Sunday 28th October at 06:00 – 23:00 hours.
The heavy rain is expected to affect the South, East and West of the island. The rain is also expected in La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Tenerife.
Rain for the Canaries 17th October 2012
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in the Canaries, mainly in the northern parts of the islands including Gran Canaria, for Thursday 18th October.
Rain is predicted for other parts of Gran Canaria, but so far the heavy rain is only for the northern coast and middle of the island.
Autumn Weather in Gran Canaria 21st October 2011
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain showers in Gran Canaria for this evening, including the south although I think we may see the rain Saturday morning. This comes after a very long Summer, just last week temperatures where in the mid 30ºs in places.
There was a sudden drop in temperature due to a cold front, which made the air a little fresher and caused a few night time rain showers. The island of Gran Canaria thrives in the Winter time, which sees the vegetation turning lush and green in the mountains.
Daytime temperatures in the South are still high around 29ºC degrees and evenings are beginning to cool a little.
Weather Warning High Temperatures 10th October 2011
AEMET have a yellow weather warning for high temperatures tomorrow 11th October, with temperatures of 36ºC expected in this south of Gran Canaria. The resort of Puerto Rico was very hot today, around 37ºC degrees and without a weather warning, so a repeat of today’s heat is pretty much expected.
Weather Warning High Winds 5th October 2011
AEMET have issued a yellow weather warning for wind gusts up to 75 km/h on Gran Canaria coming in from the west. This comes after a hot spell of humid and hazy weather, which will hopefully clear with the forecast wind. The warning is from Thursday 6th at 18:00hr – Friday 7th morning.
Satellite View of Gran Canaria 18th October 2010
Take in this satellite view of Gran Canaria and the surrounding Canary Islands, to keep an eye on the skies. You will be able to see when there are clear skies, clouds and even calimas. At the moment the skies are very cloudy and although there is no official weather warning from AEMET, we are in for some more rainy days for this week.
Waterspout Tornado Gran Canaria October 15th 2010
After some pretty rainy forecasts, it seems the capital of Gran Canaria got the worst of it this week. Intense rain hit the city especially on Wednesday of this week, which caused traffic jams and floods.
Not only that, a “Tromba Marina” known in English as a Waterspout was apparent for 15 minutes out at sea in the capital. A waterspout is basically a tornado over water, in which a vortex forms and are common in areas with thunderstorms or can happen without thunder and lightening.
A waterspout does not suck up water and so the funnel shape we see in the image is condensation droplets. More images at: Canarias7
Yellow Coastal Weather Alert 9th October 2010
AEMET have issues a yellow weather warning for the north coast of Gran Canaria for coastal phenomenon Saturday 9th October. This will also affect the other islands with the western side of the archipelago on orange alert.
Gran Canaria Weather October 2009
Although not very often, we do get rain in Gran Canaria and not just in the northern parts of the island. It is still very hot and sunny considering we are halfway through October now with temperatures around 33ºC degrees on average in the South.
The weather forecast that I like to check out daily says the whole island is in for some rain, clouding over on 19th October with high chance of rain to follow. Gran Canaria looks magnificent after a downpour – everywhere looks fresh and green and it feels cooler too.
Normally as we go into Winter we have rain or a really cloudy few days and after that the temperatures will slowly go down. The winter sun is very nice to sunbathe in and much preferred over the sometimes 35-40degree heat of the summer.