|January Beach weather in Mogán, Gran Canaria|
Yesterday (January 18) the sun shone all day and the thermometer's on the beach front in Las Palmas reached 25º Celsius. It was a degree or two warmer in the resorts. Today it is cloudy in the capital but the temperature is still 23º C at midday. It is sunny in Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.
That's about standard for January. You get sunshine almost every day and even when it is cloudy day average temperatures are rarely below 20º C at sea level. At night temperatures drop to a minimum of 15º C.
On the beaches you can sunbathe happily from 10.00 to 16.00 and the temperature reaches 25ºC or more on sunny days.
On average rain falls on eight days in Gran Canaria during January although this statistic is misleading as it includes rain anywhere on the island. Often it rains in the north or in the mountains while the resorts are still sunny.
We can't tell you how many times we have seen freezing groups of tourists in shorts and t-shirts up in the Cumbres during the winter. If you head up into the Gran Canaria mountains in January take layers. The island is well over 6000 feet high (1949 metres) and the top bit can get cold. Every few years the Cumbres even get a little bit of snow.
January 2013 turned out to be driest January since 1995 aqnd one of the warmest on record.
For a January sunshine holiday Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands have the best weather in Europe. Nowhere else even comes close. See you on the beach!
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