Gran Canaria has recently been experiencing some unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures reaching up to the mid 30’s, on average 10 degrees above average daily temperatures expected during April.
This was due to what is commonly referred to as a ‘Calima’, or the Saharan Air Layer. A hot, sometimes dust-laden, layer of air which floats over the Atlantic ocean, warming up the Canary Islands on its journey out to sea.
The ‘Calima’ is normally the effect of a thunderstorm over North Africa, the thunderstorm then results in sandstorms throughout the Sahara, which occasionally get swept westwards, sometimes settling as far west as North America!
The result for Gran Canaria is a significant rise in temperature for a short period of time, as Calimas last on average from 2 to 5 days.
Read our top 5 tips below on how to keep your cool in Gran Canaria during a Calima.
1. Drink water – obvious as it sounds many of us forget to top up on fluids.
Children especially need close monitoring, as when they are playing in the pools or the sea they don’t feel hot, in turn they don’t feel thirsty.
By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
So keep plenty of water to hand to avoid dehydration.
2. Use sunscreen – Interestingly, during the heat of a Calima the sky can appear slightly foggy, this is due to sand particles in the air.
Don’t fooled if the sun doesn’t make an appearance, the suns rays easily pierce the sand and will burn unprotected skin.
Check out this link for detailed info on choosing the correct sunscreen or alternatively ask your local pharmacist for advise.
3. Take a siesta – there is a reason the Spanish are famed for their siestas, they know the importance of avoiding the mid-day sun.
One of the perks of a Calima is that the evening temperatures remain delightfully warm, making it the perfect time to enjoy the late afternoon and early evening on the beach.
Do as the locals do, enjoy a long lazy lunch, take a refreshing siesta and then head down to the beach from 16:30 onwards when the temperature has dropped and the sun is less fierce.
4. Wear a hat – another classic sun protection tip but vital for ensuring you don’t expose yourself to too much sun during your holiday.
We have a great selection of straw hats, baseball caps and cloth sunhats in the shops at Anfi.
The benefits are numerous, including protecting the delicate facial area and eyes – and of course, nothing compliments an outfit like a snazzy hat!
5. Go shopping – During a Calima the cool indoor air-conditioned shopping areas of Gran Canaria are a great place to hang out.
Spend your afternoon browsing the shops and perhaps enjoy a nice meal before returning to Anfi once the midday heat as diminished.
The Anfi Vacation Club runs a free shopping excursion to El Corte Ingles, Gran Canarias most prestigious department store, in Las Palmas every Thursday.
For more information contact Viajes AVC by clicking the link right.
Enjoy the sunshine but stay safe at Anfi!