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The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 May 2023

What an interesting last weekend of May ahead. Weather predictions are showing some rain showers are likely across Gran Canaria. This extended #WeekendTips covers up to Tuesday, when all things Canarian are celebrated on the Día de Canarias. There’ll be some gorgeous Patron Saints’ festivities happening in San Fernando de Maspalomas as well as in Valleseco.

Fun Fact:
Valleseco literally means “dry valley” in Spanish, but is actually one of the wettest municipalities Gran Canaria. Nestling between the famous fresh water sources of Firgas & Teror, half way up the island’s mountainous northern slopes, this area is well known for its apple growers, cider and its weekly market

Six weeks since the unexplained disappearance of Anna-Karin on Gran Canaria

The authorities on Gran Canaria have been engaged in a rigorous search for Swedish tourist Anna-Karin Bengtsson, who went missing in the south of Gran Canaria around April 9. Her unexplained disappearance has caused her family much distress, with no clues to her whereabouts having emerged in the six weeks since they first realised her phone was no longer functioning.

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 19-21 May 2023


An exciting May weekend ahead with abundant events and festivities taking place all around Gran Canaria. There are Patron Saints’ festivities for Motor Grande, in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, and in El Tablero in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and up in the mountains of Artenara. There is also a two day lively exhibition event in Meloneras boulevard and the Rally Gran Canaria is held this Friday and Saturday.


The Canarian Regional Government to implement its own weather observation network

The Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security, directed by Nieves Lady Barreto, has launched implementation of the Canary Islands’ Government’s own meteorological observation system to improve forecasts and make more localised predictions. The public company Grafcan will work with them to install a sensor network across all the islands, with a total budget of €600,000 to be completed within the next two years.
Grafcan will lead the project to act as the Office of  Climatological Study and will begin implementation of a data management system analysing, primarily, the networks of existing meteorological sensors, then, to identify precisely which are the most appropriate locations to distribute the sensors on each island.
In a first forecast, Grafcan has proposed the installation of a total of 27 sensors distributed throughout the islands. These are, fundamentally, meteorological and micro-radio stations whose installation will begin at the start of 2018 and will be completed in 2019.
The data provided by these sources will be completed with access to satellite information through the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) and the European Organization for the Exploration of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
“The improvement of our meteorological forecasting capacity is fundamental from the point of view of civil protection, but it also gives us the possibility of creating a historical data base and thus having a strategic tool for the adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change, “added the counselor.

Weather: Dry African dust over Gran Canaria, with temperatures reaching up towards the mid 20s

This first week in December on Gran Canaria has begun with a mass of dusty Saharan air reaching the island and looking set to continue through Tuesday and Wednesday, with moderate winds blowing in from the African continent bringing Calima (Saharan Air Layer) to the archipelago in high concentrations for the next few days or so.
According to the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), desert dust concentrations should reach their peak around Wednesday, meaning there could well be some great sunsets and sunrises to see over the next couple of days.

As is normal at this time of year inland parts of of the island will likely see a  drop in temperatures at night, and though Saharan sands will be suspended in the air temperatures are not likely to be significantly higher than 23˚- 24˚C day time on the coasts, and more likely a decidedly chilly 17˚ further inland.  Those temperatures could drop dramatically to between 9˚ & 13˚ at night.

Cloudy intervals may dominate parts of the Islands throughout Tuesday, and with the arrival of the dust, a slight rise in temperatures is expected with moderate to strong winds, gusting up to 60 kilometers per hour in places.
The maximum predicted temperatures are around 25˚ in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the  moderate to strong wind will be from the southeast, more intensely felt on the coasts of the southeast and northwest.
Around the waters of the Canary Islands the winds are expected from the east or northeast at between force 3 and 6 with swell tending to increase to strong swell as the day moves on, with waves from the northwest of around 1 to 2 meters.
It looks to stay dry for the rest of the week and into next weekend, but with building humidity predicted the chances of some rainfall increase a little as we head into next week.

Gran Canaria Weather: Cold rains to the west kept at bay by warm dusty winds from the southeast

An epic battle has been raging over The Canary Islands, although you might be hard pressed to have spotted it.
A cold front to the west of us raised alarm bells earlier this week, and has now started to mix with a rainstorm in the mid-atlantic, which has been whipping up warnings of incoming and unpredictable rain expected over the western islands.
Meanwhile, warm subtropical air has been pulled in off the African continent and up from the equator, creating an unseasonably warm air system over the eastern islands.  By the end of the week we will discover how the clash between these two mighty systems, one warm and the other cold and wet, is likely to play out.
But for now, it seems, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are all in for balmy temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, with a touch of Saharan dust in the air, while all eyes look to the west, awaiting any sign of those cold wet squalls rolling in off the mid Atlantic and currently thundering towards La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife.

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The Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) have downgraded the probability of rain on Gran Canaria and on Wednesday announced that this weekend they are expecting “a very adverse situation in terms of precipitation, and wind in the highlands and midlands” particularly in the western half of the Canary Islands.
According to atmospheric models, an Atlantic rainstorm, located south of the Azores, is expected to interact with a subtropical band of cloud, heavily laden with moisture and located a further south, to the west of the Canary islands archipelago.
“The frontal systems associated to the low pressure centre will affect mainly the western half of the Canary Islands, where a very adverse situation is expected in terms of precipitation, and wind in mid-altitude and high areas”  AEMET said in a statement.
The western islands can expect heavy and persistent precipitation mainly on the southern and western slopes, which could be locally strong or very strong and be accompanied by isolated storms.
At some points the deluge could reach more than 20 litres of rainfall an hour, for every square meter, or up to sixty over a twelve hour period.
The winds will be from the south, strong inland, at mid-altitude and in higher areas, with the possibility of very strong gusts.
On the central summits of Tenerife, very strong wind will blow from the south with gusts exceeding 75 kilometres per hour.
According to available data, it is possible that on Sunday the showers and storms will continue, more likely to be intense in the west of the archipelago.
“With a high degree of uncertainty, the models predict that by late Sunday 26 the storm will begin to move west, away from the Canary Islands, and that weather conditions in the archipelago will slowly start to improve into the Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 “, said the AEMET report.
 On Friday the forecast for the eastern islands, and Gran Canaria, is for a day of little cloud with intervals of medium and high clouds and temperatures maintained in the upper 20s, with highs of 27˚C in the shade.
On the western islands however, the weather is expected to turn increasingly cloudy blowing in from from west to east, with probability of locally moderate showers affecting mainly southern and western slopes; by the end of the day AEMET have not ruled out that there could be locally strong downpours accompanied by isolated storms on La Palma and El Hierro. Temperatures look set to rise slightly. With moderate winds from the south, gaining intensity inland and in high areas.
Through the weekend it looks like here on the east of the Archipelago we may some some mid-altitude and high cloud, there will be some Saharan dust suspended in the air and warm winds from the south, which should, with luck, keep those cold wet winds to the west well away from Gran Canaria.
Meanwhile Orange Advisories are currently in place for the western isles who have a good chance of a drenching this weekend.
There may well be opportunity for some great sunsets here on Gran Canaria and we may even see some electrical activity at night out to our west, with temperatures here in the east looking set to maintain highs of around 27˚C in the shade day time and dropping to between 18 & 20˚ at night.

More Saharan dust and heat expected Friday and Saturday on Gran Canaria

This has been the warmest October on record for 30 years, and it looks like the end of October heat wave is not yet ready to leave the Canaries, with the next few days expected to remain hot and dusty. The prediction from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) indicates that the Saharan dust suspended in the air over the last few days will continue through to at least Friday, October 27, with the afternoon expected to be particularly intense.
The general forecast for the last Friday of October indicates that the skies will be cloudy and the heat will predominate on the southern and eastern slopes of the islands with winds on the east coasts and from the southeast inland.
Out at sea southeast or southerly force 3 to 5 winds, temporarily variable to between 2 or 3 mainly at night. There will be choppy seas or swell, with 2 meter waves to the northwest.  Temperatures will remain high throughout the weekend, as winds continue to blow in off the desert, but expected to decrease a little as we head into next week
Slightly cloudy with some intervals of high clouds. Calima affecting mainly the south of the island and mainly in the afternoon. Temperatures high with few changes. Inland at at the summits, strong southeast winds decreasing in the afternoon, with gusts that could reach 60 km/h on western slopes.

Gran Canaria Weather: High temperatures return with more desert dust

Summer just does not want to leave the island of Gran Canaria. After a few days of temperatures having returned to seasonal norms, with some weak and occasional autumn rains, mainly on the north of the island, the hot weather and Saharan calima dusts are set to return to the islands this week.
From Tuesday a mid-Atlantic storm expected over the Azores, looks likely to pull a mixture of humidity from the Mediterranean and then Saharan dust from our nearest desert neighbours that looks set to push thermometers up towards an unseasonal 29˚C in the shade, according to the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), though they say it is not likely to be quite as warm as it was last week.
Forecasts of early morning cloudiness are expected to the north-east of the islands on Tuesday, while inland and western slopes are expected to get the greatest increases in temperature.