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There's no doubt about it: summer in Gran Canaria is HOT and July is one of the most popular months for family holidays. If you're looking for hot weather, then July is the perfect month for you.
The good thing about summer in the Canary Islands is that during this season the trade winds make their presence felt, which means that the "real feel" temperature will actually make it bearable to stay in the sun during the daytime. But for people who don't like high temperatures and prefer milder weather, July is not a good month to visit and they should probably consider an earlier spring holiday in May or maybe wait until October.
THE NUMBERS MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE (temperatures, sunshine hours, seawater temperature, etc.) are from GRAN CANARIA AIRPORT WEATHER STATION.
The temperatures during the day in July are usually situated between 25°C and 29°C, which may not seem like a lot for summer, but since the UV index is high in the Canary Islands at this time of year, you will go back with a beautiful tan, if you protect your skin correctly from sunburns.
During July and August, Gran Canaria gets almost no rain and it's a very rare thing to see precipitation during these months.
July is one of the most popular months for people coming over with children from all over Europe, taking advantage of the summer school holidays. Many Spaniards from the continent come to visit Gran Canaria in July as well, so keep in mind that summer is considered as high season and prices go up considerably during these months.
Besides being warm, the water temperature in July increases considerably compared to the winter months and even spring. But keep in mind that the island is still situated in the Atlantic Ocean, which is never as warm as the Indian Ocean or some other places in Europe at this time of the year (the Mediterranean sea is definitely warmer than the Atlantic Ocean around the Canaries in summer). But swimming is possible, just like it is possible to swim in Gran Canaria even in winter. But for people who are expecting a high sea temperature like in other places in Spain in July - for example in the Balearic Islands - they might be disappointed.
The average high temperature in July in Gran Canaria is around 27-29°C, while at night you can expect temperatures of around 21°C.
In Gran Canaria, the daily mean temperature is 23.8°C (69.4°F) in July, which is calculated as a mean between the average high temperature of 26.9°C (80.4°F) and the average low of 20.8°C (69.4°F). July and August are the hottest months in Gran Canaria.
Record low & record high temperatures
The highest temperature ever recorded in Gran Canaria in July (at Airport station) was 42.6°C and the lowest was 16.5°C.
In July the weather is warm and pleasant all over the island, so you can easily explore all parts of the island, even places where you wouldn't maybe go in other seasons.
Rain is almost non-existent in Gran Canaria in July, so come prepared to enjoy long summer days, with plenty of sun. The south of Gran Canaria is guaranteed to be dry during July, while the North may get a bit of rain, but rain during the month of July in Gran Canaria is a truly rare event.
With 11 hours of sunshine per day, you have almost half the day to enjoy the beach if you want to. Just keep in mind that with a high UV index of 11, the sun is really powerful and you need to avoid exposure during the midday hours and also protect your skin with a high SPF factor lotion.
At 22°C, the water temperature is warm enough to enjoy swimming in the ocean or practice any type of water sport.
There are plenty of natural pools and lovely beaches all over the island, so this is the perfect time to explore and discover the most beautiful places in Gran Canaria.
The main reason to come over to Gran Canaria during this month is for enjoying the great weather and getting a tan. Swimming, discovering Gran Canaria's best beaches, practicing water sports and going to water parks are great activities for July, as long as you avoid being out during the hottest hours of the day.
Enjoy Gran Canaria's best beaches
Summer is the best beaches to explore Gran Canaria's beaches and small coves, from the most popular ones like Anfi del Mar, Amadores beach, Maspalomas or Playa de Mogan, to more secluded and remote ones like Playa de Güigüí, Playa de La Aldea, the natural pools El Agujero or Playa de Sardina del Norte.
Cenobio de Valeron
This is one of the lesser-known attractions in Gran Canaria, but one that is worth exploring especially if you've been before to the island and you want to see something new. This is a cave formation with more than 350 cavities, where people used to store their food back in the old days. For a small fee, you can visit this place and maybe hide for a few moments from the burning July sun.
Fiesta del Carmen
16th of July
The celebration of Virgen del Carmen is very important in all the Canary Islands because she is the patron saint of fishermen. We recommend checking out the festivities in either Puerto Mogan, Las Palmas, or Arguineguin, where this event is celebrated for several days and they also have a procession with decorated boats.
GRAN CANARIA WEATHER - MONTHLY REPORTS
The weather can be hot in Gran Canaria in July, but due to the nice breeze, felt especially in the coastal areas, the weather is usually great for sunbathing, swimming, and practicing water sports.
If you're after a beach holiday and you want to enjoy the sunshine and the heat as much as possible, then July is a good month to visit Gran Canaria, as well as August.