Monday, 15 January 2018 09:28

Strong Winds In Gran Canaria But Heavy Rain Unlikely

Strong wind and some rain this week in Gran Canaria Strong wind and some rain this week in Gran Canaria photosgrancanaria.com

A low pressure system just to the east of the Canary Islands will cause strong winds for the next two days but heavy rain is unlikely.

North Gran Canaria will get some showers over the next few days and there may be a shower or two in the south. It is unlikely to snow anywhere in the Canary Islands except right at the top of Teide volcano as the wind is too strong. (gusts up to 90kmph are forecast). 

The Canary Islands are on alert for strong winds today and tomorow so please be careful close to the sea and up in the highlands. This is especially important on Tuesday when the whole island is on yellow alert for rough seas and the highlands on orange alert for strong winds.

That said, this kind of Cold Drop or Cold Snap is unpredictable so we could get a surprise thunderstorm anywhere in Gran Canaria. 

By Wednesday the wind will have faded and south Gran Canaria should be back in its bubble of sunshine. 

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  • Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros
    Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros

    Save money and avoid rip-off bank charges while in Gran Canaria by paying in euros when using your credit or debit card.

    Many bars and restaurants in Gran Canaria, and in almost all European holiday destinations, give you the option of paying in euros or in your home currency. Opting for your own currency, while it may seem like the safer option, can add as much as 5% to the bill as it triggers dynamic currency conversion. 

    DCC basically means that the exchange rate is calculated at point of sale rather than by your bank. It allows you to see the total cost of the transaction in your own currency but adds up to 5% to the total because it uses a terrible exchange rate. 

    Since the extra money is shared between your bank and the merchant, some places will automatically bill you in your own currency and hope you don't notice. You have the legal right to refuse and void the transaction should this happen. 

    ATMs too

    The same applies when taking money out of ATM machines in Gran Canaria (and anywhere in Europe); Always choose the local currency option to avoid losing money to poor exchange rates.

    If you opt for the local currency option, using bank ATMs is often the cheapest and safest way of getting euros in Gran Canaria. It's far safer than having a big pile of euros hidden in your room or tucked into your shorts.

    More details in this Daily Telegraph article.

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