December 2022 was the hottest month of December in the Canary Islands

Published on January 30, 2023
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Temperature in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Christmas day - 25 December 2022

AEMET has published the climatic summary for the month of December 2022, which has been classified as the warmest in all of Spain, not just the Canary Islands since the beginning of the monthly series in 1961, exceeding December 1989 by 0.2 °C, the warmest to date.

Temperature in the Canary Islands in December 2022

December 2022 in the Canary Islands was classed as "extremely hot" with an anomaly of +1.7 °C (compared to PR 1981-2010), it was the warmest December in the series since 1961.

temperature december 2022 tenerife gran canaria canary islands
Source: AEMET Canarias 

Regarding precipitation, December had a DRY character, accumulating 48.3 mm on average, which corresponds to 75% of the expected average precipitation. The rainfall presented a marked difference between the western and eastern islands, with Fuerteventura receiving the least amount of precipitation.

rainfall precipitation canary islands tenerife gran canaria december 2022
Source: AEMET Canaria

December has been between humid and very humid in almost the entire continental Spain, becoming extremely humid in parts of Extremadura and the Community of Madrid, as well as the western Canary Islands. In contrast, December has been classed as in between normal and dry on the Cantabrian coast, northeastern Catalonia and the eastern peninsula, as well as the Balearic archipelago and the eastern Canary Islands.

The current hydrological year (which began on October 1, 2022) presents a VERY DRY character, with accumulated precipitation of 61.4 mm, which corresponds to 44% of the expected value:

rainfall canary islands spain 2022 2023
Source: AEMET Canarias 

If you're planning a holiday next winter in the Canary Islands and you're wondering what the weather is like, take a look at the following articles:

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