The Canary Islands are experiencing their first previews of summer this weekend with temperatures at the summits of Gran Canaria yesterday having exceeded 31ºC, in the shade, as noted at the Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET, via data from their weather station in the picturesque mountain town of Tejeda, which yielded the fourth highest reading in the country.


A little further south in the highlands of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the area known as Lomo Pedro Afonso, overlooking Maspalomas, registered 30.8ºC, while in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Canteras beach was full, with springtime values in the shade ​​reaching some 22ºC.  Direct sunlight will have raised the temperature by at least another 5ºC or more in each of these places.

The heat coming from the African ridge, looks set to continue through Sunday and could still intensify, exceeding the 30ºC, especially on northern slopes of the easternmost islands. as well as on the south and west sides. According to these AEMET predictions skies will be mainly blue, with some intervals of high cloud, and with the presence of Calima haze from the Sahara. The winds will be more intense on the southeast and northwest slopes of Gran Canaria during the early and later hours of the day, while inland and at the peaks it will generally blow lightly and from the east, rolling north during the last hours of the day.

For Monday, high-altitude Calima haze will continue, although there are signs it is already retreating, and while temperatures may begin to drop inland, they will still locally exceed 30ºC on the southern and western slopes of Gran Canaria.

In Summary:
Slight cloudy skies with a predominance of high cloud. Light haze at altitude. Temperatures slightly rising, being notable locally on southern and western slopes; maximum temperatures will likely exceed 30ºC in inland areas. Generally light wind from the northeast, more intense on the southeast and northwest slopes; in midlands and peaks, wind from the east component turning lightly from the north at the end of the day.

Daytime and Night time temperatures:

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Max 27ºC  Min 19ºC

Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria – Max 31ºC  Min 22º

Maspalomas – Max 31ºC  Min 20º

The Summits – Max 28ºC  Min 18º