Gran Canaria Weather June Averages, Canary Islands
What's the Weather like Gran Canaria in June
June marks the start of the summer season in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, when the skies are blue, the sun is shining and rainfall almost guaranteed not to appear. At this time of year, the average temperature is 22°C, created by average highs of 25°C during the daytime and average lows of 19°C after dark, compared to July, which has an average temperature of around 23°C.
Across the month, the daily average temperatures gradually increase, starting at 22°C during the first ten days and jumping up to 23°C after. During the final week of the month, temperatures fluctuate between 23°C and 24°C, before ending at 24°C on June 30th. This makes the final week of June the warmest time to visit Gran Canaria.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Gran Canaria in June is 36.9°C, which was registered at Gran Canaria Airport on June 2nd in 2010. The lowest temperature ever registered on the island during this month is 12°C, which was recorded on June 21st 1970.
Between June 27th and June 28th across in 2013, AEMET the Canary Islands' MET office issued a yellow alert for high temperatures of up to 34°C caused by a calima across the south, west and east of the island. The exact same alert for the same high temperatures was also issued the previous year, between June 22nd and June 24th in 2012.
On June 19th 2011, AMET issued a yellow alert for high temperatures of up to 34°C caused by a calima. This was upgraded to an orange alert by June 20th, when temperatures peaked at 38°C.
During June, the likelihood of precipitation occurring drops as the month develops, starting off at 12% on June 1st and falling down to 8% by June 30th. At this time of year, the island receives an average of 0mm of rainfall! If you are very unlucky and do get some sort of precipitation during your June holiday in Gran Canaria, it will most likely be drizzle (which occurs on 59% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (21%) or light rain (16%).
The highest monthly precipitation ever recorded in Gran Canaria in June is 9.8mm, which was registered at Gran Canaria Airport during June 1955. The first day of this month was the wettest June day ever, when 9.7mm of rainfall was recorded on a single day. However, June 1963 saw the highest number of rainy days a June has ever known seven.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for the waters around Gran Canaria is mild throughout the year. In June, the sea is 21°C, which is definitely warm enough for swimming in despite being 1°C-2°C cooler than in the months between July and November.
The relative humidity for Gran Canaria in June averages at around 66%, ranging between 54% (mildly humid) and 84% (humid) across the month, rarely falling below 43% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around June 30th, when the relative humidity falls below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around June 3rd, when it rises above 74% (humid) three days out of four.
Average Sunshine Hours
Across June, Gran Canaria enjoys an average of nine hours of daily sunshine, along with median cloud coverage which drops as the month progresses. The median cloud coverage starts off at 39% (mostly clear) on June 1st and drops down to 32% (mostly clear) by June 30th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 55% of the time, partly cloudy 25% and mostly cloudy/overcast 14%.
Over the course of an average June, wind speeds vary between 5m/s (gentle breeze) and 13m/s (strong breeze), rarely going above 15 m/s (high wind). The highest average wind speed of 10 m/s (fresh breeze) happens around June 30th, when the average daily maximum is 13 m/s (strong breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 8 m/s (fresh breeze) occurs around June 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 m/s (strong breeze).
Although Gran Canaria isn't known as one of the windiest Canary Islands, the gusts can get strong. Between June 11th and 12th in 2012, AEMET issue a yellow alert for all the Canaries Gran Canaria included for strong winds with gusts of up to 24 m/s inland and big waves around the southern, eastern and western coasts of Gran Canaria.
Although calimas can occur at any time of year in Gran Canaria, they're at their worst during the summer months, when they can push temperatures 10°C above average highs.
A calima is a weather condition caused by trade winds, which normally blow in a north easterly direction across the Canary Islands, blowing in from the east across the Sahara Desert. When there's a calima, visibility is low due to the high percentage of dust and sand particles in the air and temperatures are high due to the winds having come directly from the west coast of Africa.
Calimas can last anywhere between one day and a fortnight and your best bet of staying cool and comfortable is to stick to the coasts of the island, where the negative effects are lessened. Thankfully, this is where you'll find most tourist resorts.
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Gran Canaria Hotels in June
Hotel Reina Isabel & Spa
If you want to stay in the island's capital, check out Hotel Reina Isabel & Spa. Located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this hotel is ideal for anyone who loves to shop, dine and explore, with Playa de Las Canteras Beach, Auditorium Alfredo Kraus and El Muelle commercial centre situated nearby, plus a wealth of bars and restaurants located along the promenade.
The spa is one of the hotel's many highlights and is free to all guests. To complement the spa, there's an ocean-facing gym, equipped with cardio and weight-training equipment. Dining options include Summum Restaurant with Asian and Peruvian cuisine, Roma Restaurant which serves an international breakfast and dinner buffet, Terrace la Marina for drinks and Fiesta Bar which is ideally located for watching the sun set. Other onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access, free parking and one outdoor swimming pool.
Accommodation comes in standard single rooms, standard double rooms, junior suites and complete suites, which are decorated with rich oak furniture and deep red accents. All rooms offer free WiFi access and many also come with sea views.
Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium Spa and Casino
For a four-star hotel in Gran Canaria which has it all, look no further than the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium Spa and Casino. This comprehensive luxury resort is located in the south of the island in Meloneras, just 300m away from the closest beach and surrounded by stunning coastal scenery.
For relaxing and wellbeing there are four swimming pools (one which has a manmade beach), tennis courts, fitness centre, spa with hydrothermal circuit and beauty centre. For families, there is a mini golf course, daytime and evening entertainment, kids' club, kids' pool, playground, mini disco and free WiFi access.
There are also two buffet restaurants, two a la carte restaurants, five bars and an onsite casino. As if that wasn't enough, the hotel also provides a free shuttle bus to Lopesan Meloneras Golf and Maspalomas Golf.
Accommodation comes in the form of double rooms, adapted rooms and suites. Each room is 35m2 and boasts mountain, garden or pool views with air conditioning and satellite TV. Suites are 70m2-240m2 and are more lavishly decorated, with a separate living room and bedroom, plus two balconies or terraces.
If you'd prefer something quieter, check out Babalu Apartments. Enjoying a hillside location overlooking the laid-back and family-friendly resort of Puerto Rico, this complex is perfect for enjoying the two swimming pools with solariums during the daytime, then walking 200m down to the Europa commercial centre to make the most of its bars, restaurants and night clubs on an evening.
In addition to the swimming pools, the complex also features a mini-market, pool bar and pool table, with the nearest beach a manageable 3km walk or taxi ride away.
Guests can choose between standard and premium apartments which can each sleep either three adults or two adults and two children. All apartments feature clean and basic décor, with white walls, traditional wooden Canarian furniture and basic cooking facilities.
IFA Buenaventura Hotel
The IFA Buenaventura Hotel is the perfect choice for families on holiday in Gran Canaria, situated in the heart of lively Playa del Ingles, just steps away from the beach and a major shopping and leisure centre.
This hotel offers a huge swimming pool complex with children's zones, sunbathing areas, animation programme in several languages, live music, DJ sets, karaoke sessions, table tennis, water polo, multi-sports court, water gym, regular gym and tennis courts with lessons provided. There is also Bar Honolulu where the shows take place and the Banana Bar which overlooks the swimming pool.
Accommodation options include double rooms and adapted rooms, each of which measures 42m2 and comes with a sea, pool or garden view. Room facilities are fairly basic and include satellite TV, additional sofa bed, balcony or terrace and bathroom with full bath but there are no cooking facilities.
Beaches in Gran Canaria for June
Playa de Las Canteras Beach
Playa de Las Canteras Beach is the largest and one of the most popular beaches in Gran Canaria, spanning much of the coastline along the island's capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This beach is made up of 3.1km of soft golden sand and since June is one of the quieter months of the year for the island, you're guaranteed to have enough space.
There are loads of onsite facilities, including sun loungers and parasols available to hire, toilets, showers, lifeguard services and beach bars. Thanks to its urban location, there are even more amenities on the promenade, such as hotels, bars, cafés, restaurants, shops and supermarkets.
Because of the coral sandstone located offshore which forms a natural barrier, the sea here is always calm, making it perfect for swimming. Beyond this barrier, known locally as 'la Barra', the sea is a lot rougher and often used by surfers.
Although the winter months are much better than the summer months for surfing, you can practice the water sport in June at this spot during high tide, when waves blow in an easterly direction at 4 m/s and 30% of waves are rideable.
Puerto de Mogan
For something a bit quieter, consider spending the day at Puerto de Mogan. This small bay is located within the peaceful resort of Mogan and is made up of a small crescent-shaped bay of fine golden sand.
On the beach you'll find sun loungers, parasols, pedaloes for hire, canoes for hire and various kiosks selling snacks, ice creams and cool drinks. Steps away from the beach slightly inland, you'll find more international bars, restaurants and supermarkets, plus an assortment of excursions including submarine rides from the neighbouring harbour.
One side of the bay is protected by the resort's harbour, which along with one breakwater protects the beach from any medium or large waves, providing the perfect swimming conditions for everyone. What's more, the area around the breakwater is teeming with tropical fish, which makes it a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Bars and Restaurants
Take a break from the traditional Canarian cuisine and make a reservation at Nomiya. This Japanese-Korean restaurant is located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and is open for lunch 1pm-4pm and again for dinner 8pm-11.30pm. The menu is eclectic and features loads classic Asian favourites, from sushi and soy soup to tuna tartar and bibimbap. The establishment is very small and casual, making it suitable for a quick bite or takeaway not a romantic meal.
For a taste of home, stop at the Irish Tavern at the harbour front in Mogán. Established in 1997 by a Canarian and Irish couple, this restaurant serves up traditional Irish breakfasts with fresh juice and tea in the morning, value-for-money daily specials in the afternoon and a variety of fish, meat and pasta dishes on an evening, all topped off with homemade desserts and a big drinks menu comprised of beer, cider, wine, spirits and, of course, Guinness.
Things to do in Gran Canaria in June
If the summer sunshine proves to be a bit much for you, seek some shade at Cueva Pintada. This museum and archaeological park is located in Gáldar in the north of the island and takes visitors back to the past to the days before the Spaniards conquered the island.
Exhibits include a 3D film which explains the conquest of Gran Canaria, various displays full of ancient artefacts recovered from across Europe and a panoramic projection which incorporates real images and computer-generated graphics to show what the island looked like long ago.
If you visit on the first weekend of the month or June 29th (international archaeology day) you'll be granted free access to the museum. Cueva Pintada is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am- 7.30pm and on Sundays and bank holidays 11am- 7pm.
June is a very quiet month, making it a great time to visit popular attractions like Palmitos Park. This park and zoo is best known for its 3000m2 dolphinarium surrounded by show seating for 1,500 people. Another popular highlight is the interactive cage where visitors can get a hands-on experience with some of the park's birds.
Throughout the park there are loads of habitats where you'll find emus, pelicans, hornbills, tucans, parrots, aardvarks, wallabies, meerkats and talapoins, plus Primates Island where the gibbons and orang-utans live. There's also La Palapa Restaurant which serves salads, grilled meat, pasta and ice cream, as well as the gift shop where you can pick up DVDs, t-shirts, hats, stationery and toys.
Moonlight Cinema is the only permanent outdoor cinema in Europe, located in Meloneras in Gran Canaria. This outdoor cinema has a touch of class about it and features large leather sofas, waitress service and an onsite bar-restaurant which serves beer, wine and cocktails, plus pizzas, brownies, cheesecake and ice cream.
Two new films are shown every night in English check the 'Now Showing!' section of the Moonlight Cinema website to see what will be on during your holiday.