In spring – which we describe here as March and April – it’s going to feel like a baking summer to anyone who lives the UK! The high temperatures can reach as high as 23°C, with the average being a very warm 18-19°C. Temperatures will rarely drop to below 16°C even at night time so you can pack some light and airy clothing for your spring holiday. 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. Therefore, rainfall is quite low at this time and sunshine is plentiful with 10-11 hours a day. Average precipitation levels are 14mm in March and then sharply drop to 6mm in April.
These figures lead to spring being a very popular time to book a holiday in Maspalomas. Strangely enough, however, the coldest temperature recorded in Maspalomas was only 9.7°C on March 15th in 2011.
Summer – which lasts from May to August – is the hottest and driest time at this resort. Expect temperatures to reach an average of 21°C with a possible high of up to 28°C, particularly in August. The lowest average temperature for this season may occur in May but it’s still a very warm 18°C, so you’re unlikely to ever experience the cold if you plan your holiday at this time of the year. The highest temperature recorded in recent years in Maspalomas was an absolutely sweltering 42°C on July 22nd in 2005.
Annual rainfall is very low in Maspalomas and summer months see almost no rainfall whatsoever.
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. These figures make it difficult to predict whether you will experience a cooling breeze, so make sure you’re always covered in sun tan lotion to avoid getting a nasty burn.
The autumn months of September and October are still extremely warm. In fact, it is much hotter in comparison to the fringe months of the spring earlier in the year. The average temperature being a high 24°C in September and 23°C in October, means this is an excellent time to plan your holiday if you want to be sure to have hot sunny days. In addition, after the warming effect of the summer, the sea temperature is at its highest in these months of the year, at a warm 23°C for both. For both September and October you’re likely to get a full 10 hours of sunshine so make sure you pack summer clothing and lots of sun cream. It may start to feel a bit muggier around this time as the precipitation levels rise to 18mm in October. In Maspalomas the relative humidity ranges from 51% to 87%, rarely dropping below 33% or reaching as high as 100%. The air is most humid around October 20th, when humidity levels could exceed 80% three days out of four.
Winter – the months of November to February – are the coolest. The beginning of this season in November sees an average temperature of 21°C, which drops to 19°C in December, followed by 17°C in January and February. These temperatures would still count as a very warm day in England, so there’s nothing to complain about on a winter holiday to Maspalomas. The rainfall does start to increase in the winter months, but not by a huge amount. The wettest months of the year, 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. 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.
The wind can also pick up around this time - 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 shortest day of the year is usually December 21st with 10:22 hours of daylight, while the longest day is June 20th with 13:55 hours of daylight.