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The Weather in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria - The Island With the Best and Healthiest Climate in the World
It is one of the most frequently asked question without doubt: How is the weather in Gran Canaria? The balanced climate and the all year-round mild temperatures have awarded Gran Canaria with the title Island of Eternal Spring. And after all, the island has the best and healthiest climate in the world. The weather question is not answered that easily though.
To be able to give a correct reply it is crucial to consider primarily two factors geographical location and season. Especially in the winter, the climate on Gran Canaria differs enormously in the different regions. Basically, when we talk about the weather in Gran Canaria, we have to make a clear distinction between the south coast, the interior of the island and the north.
The common climate tables of Gran Canaria are mainly based on weather data from the northeastern part of the island (Las Palmas) or only provide average temperatures for the entire holiday island. As a result the information is not actually useful but one can say rather misleading to holidaymakers. Therefore we have gathered information for you about the weather in Gran Canaria, splitting up the various locations.
Factors of Weather Formation
The crucial reason for these sometimes drastic climatic differences on the very small island is the prevailing climatic conditions and the geological nature of Gran Canaria. This means the trade winds are coming from the northeast and bring clouds to Gran Canaria. And the high mountains in the center of the island prevent the clouds from the north from reaching the southern part of the island. Consequently the clouds that cling to the central massif and create lower temperatures and increased precipitation in the north whereas the south stays cloud free, sunny and dry.
Which Climate is to be Expected in the Different Parts of Gran Canaria?
Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico or Puerto de Mogán there is a balanced mild climate with cloudless sky, only slight temperature fluctuations and very little rainfall during the whole year. It is undoubtedly a wonderful all year-round destination with incomparably beautiful weather. You can enjoy sun, beach on almost every day of the year.On the south coast of Gran Canaria and thus in places like
In the north and in the in the interior of the island, however, the weather is completely different. While it can get can get extremely hot in the inland in the summer the temperatures throughout the winter are considerably lower at a much higher precipitation level and higher zones even snowfall probability. It is often cloudy, so that you can actually only enjoy bathing between June and October at the beaches of the island capital Las Palmas.
The temperature differences between the north and south of Gran Canaria are especially noticeable in the winter months due to the higher cloud density in that period. In December to February the difference can be so drastic that you may go sunbathing at the south coast and have a snowball fight just an hour's drive away in the mountains at about 1,500 meters altitude.
In the summer the climate is steadily warm on the whole island instead. Peculiar during this season is the strong wind between San Agustín and Gando airport that blows quite strongly and almost permanently. Therefore, this part of the island and especially Pozo Izquierdo is a true windsurfing paradise. And a gray cloud often covers the view to the blue sky in Las Palmas, which is affectionately called "Panza de Burro" (donkey's belly) by the locals because of its color.
The Temperatures in the South of Gran Canaria
The resorts in the south of Gran Canaria range from San Augustin to Puerto de Mogán and include, among others, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Playa de Amadores and Puerto Rico.
In the summer months June to October, the average daytime temperatures range between 26 and 28 degrees Celcius, which can sometimes exceed 30 degrees. These temperatures are always softened by the light breeze of the pleasant trade winds, which spare the holidaymaker from great heat. In the evening the temperature drops to about 22 degrees. The daytime temperatures in the winter months of December to April are 22 to 25 degrees. But the good weather is not always stable in the winter. It can be cloudy at times but precipitation is rarely results from this. There are usually only 3 or 4 rain days a month. The rain usually only lasts a moment though it hardly ever rains for hours. At nights, the thermometer does not drop below 10 degrees. In sum, it's never too cold in winter and rarely too warm in summer. The water temperatures are around 18 degrees in average. So you can sunbathe all year and enjoy the beautiful beaches.
The Temperatures in the North of Gran Canaria
Places of interest in the northern part and inland of the island are Arucas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Firgas, Teror and in the interior of the island Santa Lucia, Artenara or Tejeda.
Canaria, Firgas, Teror, Fataga or Tejeda. In summer, the daily temperature maximums are around 25 degrees, while those descent around 5 degrees in the evening. However, it is occasionally cloudy in these areas even in the summer and there can be occasional rain showers. The rainfall is significantly higher in the north of Gran Canaria. This especially applies for the higher locations. Above all, the weather can change quickly there. On a clear day, for example, thick clouds can quickly rise out of nowhere; envelop everything like mist and bring rain. The rain season is also largely during the winter. The rain can be quite intense and it can rain for a whole day. Daytime temperatures can be as low as 13 degrees and at night even range in the single digit area with only 7 degrees. In the mountains at heights from 1,500 meters snowfall must be expected in January and February. On average the temperatures in the north of the island are 5 to 7 degrees below those in the south. The water temperatures are equal for the whole island at 18 degrees in average.
What is Calima?
This weather phenomenon is an easterly wind that blows hot air from the Sahara desert to Gran Canaria. Calima is not to be confused with the well-known Scirocco. Scirocco also means hot desert wind from the Sahara. However, this blows direction Mediterranean Sea and arises with appropriate wind from the south.
A calima can occur at any time of the year. The warm wind is quite pleasant in winter, as the temperatures rise a little bit. In the summer months, however, it causes temperatures around 40 degrees, in extreme cases even up to 50 degrees inland. And it does not even cool down in the evening and at night. The Calima also brings fine desert dust in more or less amount to the island. In strong calima, the sky turns yellowish and the visibility is severely limited. The Calima, however, only lasts for a few days and the temperatures drop noticeably afterwards. It leaves a fine layer of dust on cars and buildings though. This weather situation can occur repeatedly throughout the year. Excessive physical exertion should be avoided in Calima, as it may overheat the body and irritate the respiratory tract. Very important: drink a lot!
Gran Canaria – The Temperatures in the South and North in Comparison
While you will find consistent water temperatures all around the island, the differences between the north and the south are significant in a direct comparison of day temperatures, hours of sunshine, and rainfall quantity.
Although the temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean are consistent and stable all year round, there is definitely no bathing weather in Las Palmas in the winter in contrary to the south. This is due to lower daytime temperatures, fewer hours of sunshine and more rainfall in the north.
The comparison of the northern and southern climate table shows how the temperature differences develop over the year. Note the significant differences in winter temperatures. See how the temperature curves start to converge during the spring months, to then be almost the same across the whole island in summer.
Direct Comparison of the Southern and Northern Climate Values on Gran Canaria
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Daytime Temperatures in Comparison
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Rain Days in Comparison
When is it the Best Time to Travel to the Different Areas?
San Agustin, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico, Amadores, Puerto de Mogán
The south is a all year-round destination for sun-seekers and for those looking for a large-scale tourism infrastructure. There are countless restaurants and bars. And the nightlife is offering celebration opportunities until dawn every night of the week. Water rats and sun worshipers will find miles and miles of sandy beaches here. And a large choice of excursions turns your stay into the perfect holiday. Throughout the whole year it is also the best holiday destination for a combination of relaxation on the beach and sightseeing activities.
Las Palmas, Telde, Ingenio, Agüimes, Carrizal, Santa Brigida, Valleseco, Galdar
If you want to escape the cold winter in Europe and recharge your batteries under the sun of Gran Canaria, you are definitely in the wrong place in Las Palmas despite the city beach. You should choose a holiday destination in the southern part of the island at this time of the year. The vibrant island capital is definitely suitable for a shopping or sightseeing day trip all year round. And in summer you can enjoy the big city flair and combine it greatly with a beach holiday. Those who want to experience authentic Canarian everyday life are just right Las Palmas and the other northern villages.
Tejeda, Arucas, Firgas, San Bartomlomé, Fataga, San Mateo, Santa Lucia
If you are looking for seclusion and nature in the midst of lush vegetation and breathtaking panoramic views, the center of the island is highly recommended. Ramblers and cyclists will find countless routes. Sometimes it gets very hot in the summer months. Therefore, the months of July and August are rather unsuitable for active vacationers. During the winter months, the temperatures are below the average values displayed for Las Palmas and in January and February, the tourists have to expect occasional snowfall. Therefore, the best holiday season for the interior of the island is spring and autumn.
What To Consider With Regards to the Weather in Gran Canaria?
On Winter Holidays in Gran Canaria
Important: Never underestimate the sun even on cloudy days and always use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. It is best to bring an extra bathing towel with you to the beach so that you can dry yourself after bathing as the wind is pretty fresh.
Dress with several layers for strolling and on excursions, because the light breeze can be unpleasant in the shade. It's best to always carry a thin cotton cardigan and a thin scarf with you. For activities in the evening, we recommend you always pack a jacket, as it is noticeably cooler then.
Take warm clothes on a trip to the interior. The inland temperatures are significantly lower than on the coast. In January and February, snowfall can occur in the higher altitudes. Wear sturdy shoes; ideally hiking boots or sneakers. Always carry an umbrella or rain gear with you. A sunny day with bright sunshine turns quickly into a misty, rainy day in no time in the mountains.
Avoid the mountain roads on rain days. There is a risk of landslides or screed. Always inquire about weather warnings at your reception before driving inland.
On city tours in Las Palmas and in the inland dress for autumn and definitely pack a warming jacket, an umbrella and sturdy shoes. There is no Flip Flop weather here at this time of year.
On Summer Vacation in Gran Canaria
Always put on sunscreen with a high sun protection factor when you go outside. Even if you are not going to the beach as the sun is very strong. Do not forget to cream your ears.
Always bring slippers or sandals to the beach. In the afternoon, the sand at the beach and especially in the dunes get so intensely hot that it can cause burns on the skin if you do not protect your soles. Therefore, make sure you visit the dunes in the morning.
Never leave kids or animals in the car. Take sufficient and regular liquid (still water). Do not sleep in the sun. Set up activities in midsummer in the morning and further activities should then be done in the late afternoon. In between take a siesta under the sunshade at the hotel pool during the hottest time from noon to afternoon.
Inland, the heat literally clenched. As the cool sea breeze is missing the heat is perceived much stronger. Completely avoid the inland when there is a heat wave like during a Calima. Inform yourself at the reception of your hotel about the weather conditions and any heat warnings before driving inland. Take enough water with you. Think of sunscreen and a hat is highly recommended. Wear t-shirts that cover your shoulders.
The Gran Canaria Weather of the Single Months in the Overview
Gran Canaria Weather in January
Pleasantly warm temperatures with a cooling wind. Now and then it can be cloudy and occasionally it comes to rain, but always at mild temperatures. It takes some courage to bathe in the sea, but once you're in the water, it's pleasant. The evening can be chilly.
In the north it is much cooler and more precipitous comparable to autumn weather. In the higher elevations and in the mountains around the Pico de las Nieves, it can even snow from 1,500 meters above sea level. Temperatures can fall to 0 degrees. The evenings can get quite cool.
Gran Canaria Weather in February
It is probably the coldest month on Gran Canaria. The temperatures remain mild and even the fresh breeze is pleasant in the sun. It can get a bit chilly in the shade though. There is a slightly higher cloud and rain risk. And the nights are fresh.
Also in the north, it is the coldest month of the year with the highest rainfall. And there is still snow probability in the higher elevations of the inland from 1,500 meters. The lows of up to 0 degrees can still be reached in the mountains.
Gran Canaria Weather in March
March is the month when spring begins. The temperatures are still at mild 21 to 24 degrees and the trade winds bring a pleasant cooling. The cloud formation decreases and the risk of rain is dwindling low. Nighttime temperatures are still cool.
In the north, the weather is improving, but the risk of rain remains. The hours of sunshine are increasing, so that even in the higher altitudes the weather is noticeably better. With the beginning of spring the inland starts blooming.
Gran Canaria Weather in April
In many parts of Europe, April does what it wants. However, April in Gran Canaria only wants sun! Warm temperatures and cloudless sky prevail. Rain is almost unthinkable this month.
Like in the south, temperatures are rising and precipitation is falling. However, the cloud risk is still far higher than in the south. It remains capricious.
Gran Canaria Weather in May
It gets noticeably warmer on Gran Canaria the temperatures continue rising and the wind remains fresh. Clouds are barely visible and the rain seems to be over. It gets fresh in the evening.
The northern region is getting warmer too. But the cloud cover remains and precipitation levels are still much higher than in the south. In the mountains and in the north, the weather is classified as unstable.
Gran Canaria Weather in June
Summer is approaching. The rain will usually stay away until the end of October. In the evening it will continue to be pleasantly cool.
The rain risk is lower and usually the sun shines high in the mountains. The sky north, especially in Las Palmas, is occasionally under the cloud cover "Panza de Burro". The rain risk is here as well almost 0.
Gran Canaria Weather in July
Summer will finally prevail in July. Also, the wind is not so cool anymore. It will not get as hot as in the holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. In the evening it cools down pleasantly. Rain is no longer to be expected on the entire island.
In the next 3 months rain is not expected even in the mountainous interior and the cities in the north. Again, there is drought period. The surfing paradise in the east of the island is very windy. The wind is pleasantly warm.
Gran Canaria Weather in August
It is midsummer and it can get quite hot in the afternoon.
Especially in the interior of the island the temperatures a perceived as very hot now as it is not so breezy. Usually no rain.
Gran Canaria Weather in September
September is the warmest month of the year. The water is now comfortably warm too. From the middle of September, the rain risk starts to rise again and towards the end of the month the temperatures start dropping.
Also in the north, September is the month when summer begins to fade away. The temperatures remain stable until the middle of the month, and then a change of weather takes place. In general, the heat period ends with a heavy rain.
Gran Canaria Weather in October
October is the best month for many tourists on the island. The summer heat is over, but the sea water is still pleasantly warm. The sunny weather is not that stable though.
The Golden October. The temperatures are still pleasant. At the beach it is still very nice and you water temperature is suitable for bathing. However, cloud formation is increasing and the probability of rain is rising even more.
Gran Canaria Weather in November
In the course of this month, the winter is heralded and you notice, the wind is much fresher. And the nights are getting cooler now. During the season change, there may be more rain, but this stabilizes quickly.
The temperature difference to the south is now clearly noticeable again. The wind starts bringing more clouds over from the Atlantic and the precipitation increases accordingly. But the vegetation is thankful for this.
Gran Canaria Weather in December
The Christmas season begins. However, this is only noticeable on the festively decorated palms on the beach and in the surroundings. Although it is a bit cooler than in the previous month, the sky continues to be bright blue and the temperatures are spring-like. Gran Canarias vacationers spend the days between Christmas and New Year at the beach.
In Las Palmas the water temperature drops and the rain risk increases. The cloud cover remains tight for a long time and temperatures continue to fall. It looks similar in the inland. You may not think it is possible. When you start your journey from the sunny south, it is very hard to believe that only 40 kilometers away you will find a cool, autumnal environment.