The Weather in Gran Canaria
The weather in Gran Canaria can be much more varied than one would expect from a small island. The South is warmer and drier than the North, but the mountains make a big difference also.
Within 20 minutes of leaving the South Coast you can be 500m ( 1,500 feet ) above sea level, with much cooler temperatures than on the coast, especially in winter.
The South of Gran Canaria is best walked in the winter, roughly November to Easter, the North is best walked from February to June, when there is an abundance of blossom and wild flowers, and of course on good days in the winter.
During much of the winter there is a possibility of a great deal of clouds in the north spoiling visibility and with temperatures of under 10 degrees, if it is windy it will be colder than you expect. Frost and Snow are possible in the high mountains, even likely in winter.
In winter the Artenara and Tejeda area ( North West ) usually has less cloud then the San Mateo area ( North East ). During July and August it is usually too hot ( over 25 degrees ) for serious hiking, September and October can be good, but the island will not be at its most beautiful as many parts will have gone several months without any significant rainfall.
Storms are rare, however never go walking if there is a forecast of a storm, because it is possible to get 6 inches of rain in a few hours, lightning is not common here but is possible. Snow is also rare but not impossible, and early morning there is often a frost in the higher mountains. If you do get stuck in very bad weather you may be lucky enough to find a large cave to shelter in.
The one thing I CAN guarantee about the weather..
..is that I CAN'T guarantee it !
- Rambling Roger
Weather Forecasts for Gran Canaria
If the weather looks unsettled ask your reception for weather information, or look in advance on one of the following websites:
Weather forecast for Gran Canaria
Latest weather reports from Gran Canaria Airport
My preferred weather forecast..
10-Day weather forecast for Gran Canaria
Instituto Nacional De Meteorologia
The official Spanish weather forecast
Las Palmas De Gran Canaria weather forecast
The weather in Gran Canaria is excellent for walking for most of the time. Climate change is starting to affect many parts of our world, the Canary Islands are no exception. We occasionally get extreme weather, maybe a storm in winter or a heat wave in summer, so please follow the following rule wherever in the world you are walking..
Weather forecasts are seldom perfect, but any weather alert means that some serious bad weather is highly likely, so it's not worth risking your health and safety.