Everything You Need To Know About Gran Canaria's Weather

Everything You Need To Know About Gran Canaria's Weather

The weather in Gran Canaria is sunnier than where you live. That's all you need to know.

We're only kidding. Did you know that it snows in Gran Canaria?  Ok, it doesn’t happen very often and only right at the very top of the island but we do get a dusting of white stuff ever few years. You wouldn’t know about it on the beaches as the sun shines right through the year in Gran Canaria’s resorts. For winter sun and calm conditions, the south of the island is your best bet in Europe. 

In fact, Gran Canaria is one of the sunniest places on earth with over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. That’s eight hours per day on average. In the resorts it’s often sunny for weeks on end. 

It’s not just the resorts that get the sunshine. The capital Las Palmas is officially the city with the “most pleasant” weather in the world. A study by Syracuse University found that it’s combination of warm temperatures and year-round sun was a world-beater.

Canarians go on holiday just to experience bad weather! They buy big coats and fly north to look at frost and snow and splash around in puddles. They the come back home and go to the beach to recover. 

The temperatures at sea level in Gran Canaria vary from an absolute low of 14ºC  at night up to well over 40ºC during the hottest days of summer. Most of the time the temperature is in the 20s: Pretty much perfect. The sea temperature goes from 19ºC during the winter up to 23ºC in late summer. 

Want to know more about Gran Canaria’s weather right now. See our detailed Gran Canaria weather forecast

If you're in Gran Canaria and it isn't sunny (it happens), then see this post about what to do.

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Gran Canaria Weather Forecast

Gran Canaria Weather Forecast

We publish a new Gran Canaria weather forecast twice a week. Our forecast is based on information from the Spanish and Canary Islands weather services plus satellite and radar data. We try and be as accurate as possible but also admit to any mistakes (it's a small island and sometimes, weather just misses it) and try to explain them. Check here if you are coming on holiday to Gran Canaria and want to know what weather to expect.

For detailed information about the weather and climate in Gran Canaria, including a monthly guide to what temperatures and weather to expect, see our Gran Canaria weather guide.

To see the Gran Canaria weather live at any time of day, see our webcam page

Here's a useful guide to what to do on those rare rainy days in Gran Canaria. And a few hints about the weather in Gran Canaria's main resorts

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With minimum temperatures well over 20ºC and the daily average at 26.5ºC July is a hot, hot, hot in Gran Canaria. The temperature reaches 30ºC most days on the sand and the evenings are perfect for sitting out with a cold beer. It sounds hard to believe but there are…
August is the hottest month in Gran Canaria with average temperatures of 27ºC and minimum of 22ºC. Most days the temperature reaches 30ºC on the beaches and you can expect 9.5 hours of sunshine every day.     
September in Gran Canaria is the islands real summer month. The Trade winds die down and the whole island is sunny and hot. We love September because you get lots of little fluffy clouds that are perfect for photography. The average daily high is 27ºC and the lows are over…
October is our favourite month in Gran Canaria. After a long, hot summer the temperatures start to drop and the sky is blue and full of pretty little clouds. With average day temperatures at 26ºC and the lows at 20ºC, the weather is as close to perfect as it gets.…
Winter in the Canary Islands is relative. While there are an average of three rainy days in November you get six hours of sunshine every day. Day temperatures are about 24ºC on average and the minimum temperature at night is 18ºC. Days when the mercury hits 30ºC are common. The…
When the Sahara Desert burps its sends a blast of hot, dusty air out over the Atlantic Ocean and the Canary Islands. Temperatures can reach 47ºC.
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  • The Best Gran Canaria Weather Forecast
    The Best Gran Canaria Weather Forecast

    The single most common question we get in the Gran Canaria Info group is...

    What is the weather going to be like during my holiday?

    The answer is almost always the same: If you are going to south Gran Canaria's resorts, it is very likely to be sunny every day. Yes, even in the winter. Yes, even though your weather app says it is going to be cloudy. Yes, even in January. And in February, etc.

    Obviously it does sometimes rain in Gran Canaria, even in the sun-baked south, and there are occassional cloudy days. 

    To check for these rare rain and clouds there is no point using generic weather apps because they use data that averages out the weather and temperature across Gran Canaria.

    This means that the forecast for Puerto Rico and other resorts includes weather and temperatrure predictions for inland and highland areas that are cooler and cloudier.

    So, instead of believing your current weather app use the Spanish weather service website called the AEMET. It's website has detailed and very accurate forecasts for individual resorts, town and even beaches.

    Here's the forecast for the Mogán area including Puerto Rico.

    The mobile website works very well in English although the app is only in Spanish at the moment.  

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