9 DecLocal Time: 05:03 WET UK Time: 05:03 GMT
- Sunrise 07:40
- Sunset 18:06
- Moonrise 12:16
- Moonset 00:00
|Temp feels like:||19°c (66.2°f)|
|Length of Day:||12h 07m|
|Dew Point:||11 °c (53°f)|
|Pressure:||30.12 " (1020 hpa)|
Average for December: 16°c (61°f)
Weather Overview for Amadores
Amadores enjoys a warm, dry climate with little seasonal variation in temperature. The newly built resort with its man-made beach sits on the south coast of Gran Canaria; this side is much warmer than the north during the winter. The Canary Islands are part of Spain but they sit far south of the mainland near the west coast of northern Africa. Amadores is popular with family groups due to its peaceful atmosphere which lasts around the clock.
Summer, between May and November, is pleasantly hot and very sunny. The average high temperature moves up through the 20s to a peak of 26°C in August. The average low temperature gets down to the mid teens at the beginning and end of the season but during the peak months it can stay up near 20°C. The steady, northeast trade winds help to make sure the heat never becomes uncomfortable. The strong wind also makes Amadores a great place to try some windsurfing or sailing. The waves are quite tame due to the shallow depth of the bay, so conditions are good for beginners and children.
Rain is generally absent between May and September after which it begins to increase. A few short, heavy showers can be expected from September, getting heavier towards the end of the season. The start of the season is sunnier than the end, peaking in July at ten hours per day. The rest of summer is still very sunny apart from November when sunshine levels get down to six per day. The sea temperature is always warm enough for swimming but peaks in September and October at 23°C.
Winter, from December till April, is very warm with the odd shower. January and February are the coldest months but they still see average highs of 18°C and average lows of 17°C. This is not quite warm enough for a typical beach holiday but many days will be warm enough to strip down to your bikini. On the south coast of the UK the average high only gets up to 19°C in the very peak of summer so Amadores is still a true ‘winter sun’ destination. Rainfall levels do not change for December and January but fall in February. Showers are infrequent and unlikely to cause prolonged interruptions to your holiday. Sunshine levels are great for winter, especially in comparison to the UK. December and February see six hours per day but after this the sun becomes increasingly brazen, staying out for a whole nine hours per day by May. The sea is more than warm enough for swimming at an average of 19°C even in the coolest months.
The resort benefits from its southerly position and the surrounding water. This ensures warmth while avoiding extremes. However, their proximity to Africa sometimes puts the Canaries in the path of the sirocco: a hot, dry sand bearing wind that originates in the Sahara. This can cause a hazy sky, drop dust and push temperatures up to the mid 20s in the winter and the low 30s in the summer.
The Canary Islands
The Canaries as a whole are known as the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’ due to their fantastic weather year round. The pleasant warmth can be attributed to their southerly latitude and proximity to Africa. The absence of unbearably hot weather is due to the surrounding sea and especially the Canary Current, a current started by an upswelling of cool, nutrient-rich water. This current also ensures that underwater life thrives making diving and snorkelling popular pasttimes in the area. Whale and dolphin watching are also on offer, as is the slightly more gruesome activity of blue marlin fishing. Major marlin fishing tournaments are held in July and August.
Gran Canaria is sometimes refered to as a ‘miniature continent’ due to the variety of climates and lanscapes that can be found across the island. This is because of the island’s mountainous topography which creates many microclimates. The northeast trade winds are partially blocked by the mountains, most notably Pico de Las Nieves, making the northeast side of the island slightly cooler and wetter, and so greener, than the southwest which is quite arid.
Amadores is a completely man-made resort and so it seems fitting that it is home to some excellent, golf courses – one of the most controlled landscapes to be found. Good weather is pretty much guaranteed. Windy conditions can sometimes interfere with your game, but Amadores is generally not as windy as locations in the north.