Weather Gran Canaria Today
Gran Canaria benefits from year round sunshine and warmth with little seasonal variation. Summers are dry and hot while winters are only a little cooler with few showers. The island, the third largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, are often called ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’ due to their exceptional climate. The Canaries sit to the south of mainland Spain closer to the west coast of Northern Africa. Located on the same latitude as the Sahara, they are much hotter than mainland Spain in the winter. However, they are generally much cooler than other resorts on a similar latitude, due to the northeast trade winds, the surrounding sea and the cool Canary Current
A mountainous volcanic island, Gran Canaria experiences a great regional variation in climate due to the high central mountains. Generally, the northeast regions are cooler and wetter than the southwest as the mountains trap the trade winds. However, this usually only creates a temperature difference of a few degrees at the most. The mountains receive an alpine like climate with higher rainfall and cooler temperatures year round. The contrast in weather conditions is most pronounced in the winter when there is thick snow on Pico de las Nieves but 20°C heat on the Maspalomas dunes.
Winter Weather in Gran Canaria
December until April, is pleasantly warm with cool nights. The average high temperature drops to around 22°C for the whole season. The average low temperature falls to a cool 15°C in January and February; nights are generally cool throughout the season and require some warm clothing. Rainfall is low and reduces as the season progresses, but cool, damp and blustery weather can creep up on you without warning. Sunshine are around six hours per day in December and January, increasing to 8 hours by April. The water temperature rarely falls below 19°C. Up in the mountains, snow falls.