Gran Canaria Spring swelter this weekend

March 9, 2017 in Sunshine, Weather by The Canary

If you have the chance this weekend, head for the beaches to cool down; there is a yellow advisory, from AEMET the Spanish State Meteorological Agency. With the maspalomas carnival fun happening down between the Faro and Playa del Inglés on Friday and the Grande Parade this Saturday, anyone attending will need to take precautions not to overheat, and in general everyone will need to watch out for pets and elderly or vulnerable neighbours; as the springtime swelter continues with our first proper week of calima this year.

Clear blue skies expected all day Thursday on Gran Canaria. Calima continuing to intensify from noon, mainly on southern slopes and throughout the south of the island, with reduced visibility likely, down to between 1000m & 2000m. Temperatures rising a little further to 29˚C in the shade, much higher is possible in direct sunlight. Winds continuing from the east,  perhaps gusting at intervals inland and in highland areas, especially on the leeward northwestern slopes.

Friday looks generally clear as well, except for some intervals of high cloud. Calima, mainly in the south and the east of the island, again with visibility likely to be reduced to between 1000 & 2000 meters. Temperatures remaining around 29˚C in the shade. Wind from the east in general; Southeast winds with stronger intervals inland and in highland areas, especially on the northwestern slopes.

Saturday could start with partially cloudy skies. Calima for the first half of the day, expected to start decreasing during the second half. Temperatures still high, more pronounced at altitude. East winds will continue to blow in off the Sahara

As the weekend comes to a close, some probability of calima still expected through Sunday. Temperatures with few changes perhaps starting to decrease. Winds from the east and the northeast in general; with some gusts also expected from the southeast inland and in highland zones.

Check out the latest forecasts and satellite imagery on our weather page TheCanaryNews.com/Weather