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Weather Maspalomas

Last updated:

2 Oct

Local Time: 11:02 WEST UK Time: 11:02 BST
79°F
(26°C)
NNE 4mph
(6kmh)
  • Sunrise 07:54
  • Sunset 19:46
  • Moonrise 15:15
  • Moonset 01:27
Temp feels like: 79°F (26°C)
Length of Day: 12h 07m
Humidity: 74 %
Dew Point: 67°F (19°C)
Pressure: 30.06 " (1018 hpa)

Average for October: 73°F (23°C)

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Weather Overview for Maspalomas

The climate of Maspalomas is one of the principal reasons for it being such a popular holiday destination. Temperatures in Maspalomas are pleasant throughout the year; winters are mild and summers are warm without being stiflingly hot thanks to the cooling northeast trade winds that prevail in the region. The climate can be described as subtropical and with over 2700 hours of sunshine a year, Maspalomas is one the driest and sunniest places in the Canary Islands.

Maspalomas is a tourist town on the south coast Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria is the third largest island of the Canary Islands archipelago, located off the coast of North Africa and often referred to as the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’ for their enviable climate.

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Maspalomas

Maspalomas is famous for its 12km long beach and the extensive sand dunes found in the area. Maspalomas is also popular for a number of other tourist activities such as water parks and offers the largest golf course in Gran Canaria, therefore making it one of the best resorts on the island for beach lovers and family holidays. 

The island has one of the lowest cross-season temperature variations of anywhere in the world. Average highs range from 20ºC in winter to 26ºC in summer, while average lows are between 14ºC and 21ºC. The highest temperature recorded in recent years in Maspalomas was a sweltering 41.7°C on July 22nd in 2005, whilst the coldest temperature recorded was only 9.7°C on March 15th in 2011. So you definitely don’t have to worry about it being too cold if you are planning on visiting Maspalomas in the winter. 

There are two main reasons for the absence of the stifling summer temperatures which are commonly endured on the North African mainland, just 200km to the east: the northeast trade winds and the Canary Current.

The northeast trade winds are frequent in summer and bring cooler air to Maspalomas. The winds are caused by hot air rising to high altitudes over the equator. This air travels north, then sinks and cools before turning back and hitting the Canaries. In July the trade winds are nearly constant.

Over the course of the year in Maspalomas and the rest of Gran Canaria, typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 31 mph. On average, the highest average wind speed of 24 mph occurs around July 19th, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 10 mph occurs around January 2nd. In recent years the highest wind speed average was around 40 mph, recorded on January 25th in 2011. 

The Canary Current is the other phenomenon and causes cooler waters to flow past the Canary Islands. Sea temperature around Maspalomas varies between 19ºC in winter and 23ºC in late summer – that means it’s warm enough for swimming year round. Maspalomas offers a number of water sport opportunities including jet skiing, surfing, parasailing, water-skiing, inflatable rides and even speedboats. On a warm, sunny day you may also want to visit Aqualand, which is the biggest water park in the Canary Islands. 

Annual rainfall is very low in Maspalomas. Summer months see almost no rainfall whatsoever while the wettest months of December and January see only a little over 30mm a month. These two months typically see rain on just five or six days each. The most common forms of precipitation throughout the year in Maspalomas are moderate rain, drizzle and light rain. 

As Maspalomas is situated in the south of the island, it is one of the driest places on Gran Canaria. This is because the wet weather usually comes from the north and the south is sheltered by the mountains in the middle of the island. The hot temperatures and low rainfall of the south of the island is perhaps most reflected in the Maspolomas sand dunes that contrast with the more fertile north.

In Maspalomas the relative humidity ranges from 51% to 87%, rarely dropping below 33% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around March 15th, when humidity levels are predicted to drop below 60% three days out of four. On the other hand, the air is most humid around October 20th, when humidity levels could exceed 80% three days out of four.  In recent years, the highest humidity level recorded was on February 2nd in 2004 at an unbearable 98%, whilst the lowest humidity level recorded was 3% on July 30th in 2007.

Furthermore, the length of day varies significantly over the course of the year in Maspalomas. The shortest day is usually December 21st with 10:22 hours of daylight, while the longest day is June 20th with 13:55 hours of daylight. As a whole the Canary Islands experience more than 3000 hours of sunshine hours per year and 4800 daylight hours! 

You also won’t have to worry too much about cloudy skies as the median cloud cover in Gran Canaria generally ranges from 27% to 50%. You can expect much clearer skies in the summer months from June to August, whilst it may be a bit more cloudy around October to December. 

Weather hazards

Occasionally in summer, Maspalomas can experience very hot temperatures. This is when the hot sirocco wind is prevailing. Locals refer to this phenomenon as ‘kalima’ or ‘Tiempo Africano’ (African weather). This wind brings hot, dry air and sand from the Sahara and can see temperatures soar up to 40ºC. The desert sand can reduce visibility to 100 metres. This only occurs once or twice a year but can last anything between a few hours up to a week and makes for very uncomfortable conditions.

As well as the spikes in temperature caused by the winds travelling over the Sahara, Maspalomas can also see dust storms in the winter and early spring (usually occurring between February and March), which usually last for between two and four days, as a result of these same winds. Every 10 years, they can last for as long as two weeks.

Though these storms aren’t usually severe and are generally considered to be more of an inconvenience by the locals, they can cause disruptions.

Visibility can be reduced to anything as little as 200 metres or less and they can irritate the eyes, as well as asthma and other such respiratory problems. It’s likely you’ll be wanting to seek shelter inside if you are in the area at the time when one of these strikes. Though they don’t affect all of Gran Canaria, they are a problem in Maspalomas. Be aware that flights can be subject to delays and cancellations as a result of these storms as well.

Air pollution is a problem in Gran Canaria and can also affect people who suffer from respiratory problems. This is usually an issue in the winter, when the trade winds of the summer months have dropped and the air is thus much more still.

Despite this, for the most part Gran Canaria’s climate remains pleasant enough to allow visitors to enjoy a holiday here at any time of the year. The mountains bear the brunt of the bad weather, including heavy rainfall, so in Maspalomas you will be able to enjoy plenty of sun every day no matter what time of the year.


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