39 Answers

Is this the start of the Calima ?

Asked by: 10th May 2012

Getting hot now! Do you think the Calima will bring temperatures over 35 degrees?


39 Answers

  1. Michael on May 10, 2012

    Yes, today its first day of Calima. Sometimes when strong calima it can be over 40c )

    • may on May 16, 2012

      Whilst in PdC in March there was a slight Calima or sand storm rolling in. We were told it can be very bad for older folk suffering from chest problems causing infections and quite a few hospitalizations.

  2. Debbie on May 10, 2012

    Hi, I have not heard of the Calima, can you tell me what this means please? and if it means hot weather how long does it last for as we are going to costa teguise in july. thanks, Debbie

    • nigel ball on May 11, 2012

      Temperatures are for over 90 degrees for the next five days, up to 97 I see for Saturday/Sunday.

      • Michael on May 11, 2012

        Its 90/97 Fahrenheit, so means 32/37 Celcius 😉

        • gordon on May 14, 2012

          thats the temp in the shade, out in the sun is much hotter.

  3. Michael on May 10, 2012

    Calima is a dust wind originating in the Saharan Air Layer. Duration is only few days always.

  4. David myers on May 11, 2012

    If you get one while your there it can ruin your holiday the dust can cause sore eyes and sore throats

  5. Mike on May 11, 2012

    on one of our visits a couple years back, we experienced the calima, it was atleast 40 degrees +, whilst some people do not enjoy that much heat, i personally like it, u go away to gey away from the poor weather back home ( in which it is raining here in uk) and enjoy the climate that the canary islands has to offer. enjoy, the lucky people who are there now.

  6. jude on May 11, 2012

    what a doom and gloom merchant mr.myers ,always in the negative ??? lol
    while i admit a calima is not really pleasant ( try working in it! ) I have never heard anyone say it has ruined their holiday? the dust is more of a problem to the people who live here really, dust on cars, washing and terraces but rarely lasts more than a couple of days, can be a problem for people with breathing problems but my mum has asthma and feels the uk damp weather is harder on her than a calima.
    like mike says, it doesn’t stop you enjoying the climate and is a bonus from torrential rain!

    • Kitty on May 12, 2012

      Thank goodness someone else thinks Mr Myers is a doom and gloom merchant. I was beginning to think it was just me. 🙂

  7. Kitty on May 12, 2012

    Looking at the webcam it does not seem to be much of a calima going on. Anyone ever been caught in a sirocco? Now thats grim.

  8. jude on May 12, 2012

    been to the beach today lovely weather, it is very hot ( was 37 degrees at 3pm) but there was a breeze all the time and tho the sky was a bit hazy it didnt feel like calima, supposed to get hotter tomorrow tho!

  9. larry connell on May 13, 2012

    what is the hysteria about “calima”, who started this one off, last June the temperature reached a scorching 40 plus, and not a dust cloud in sight.
    You go on holiday to enjoy yourself, not to sit on the waters edge waiting for the dust clouds to appear over the Sahara and head across the ocean.
    If you are so worried about calima try a cooler country instead of causing hysterics.

    • nigel ball on May 13, 2012

      Who’s worried?, just an observation for those that haven’t knowledge or experience of this ‘phenomonon’. Doesn’t happen at home!!!

  10. MATT JONES on May 13, 2012

    I’ve been to Lanza 4 times and the temperature has always been in the low 70’s. 🙁 I want to be there when it IS Calima or Sirocco!!! so that it’s really hot.

    People have been complaining on his site that the weather has been too cold this year. Now the moaners are saying it’s too hot!!

    Seems that despite the climate being lots better than ours, it just can’t please the Great British public. 😉

  11. Barry Dunne on May 13, 2012

    I came home 10 days ago after two Weeks of strong winds a lot of cloud. The beaches were no go areas due to the chill factor so i am all in favour of whatever brings a bit of heat!
    BTY, any one hear nice things about the Sands Beach Resort?

    • may on May 16, 2012

      Hi Barry been to Sands Beach Resort many times as my son had a villa there. Very good family resort with lovely shallow lagoon for the kids and many other pools. Also a good kids club and daytime beach bar The Mai Tai with good deals on drink and food. The entertainment at nights is good too, usually kids show until 9ish then adults show which is usually very good. I would return but unfortunatley son doesnt have the villa now so no more cheapies!!

  12. David myers on May 14, 2012

    Kitty do you surprise me saying if your caught in calima its grim, you sound doom and gloom just like me,

    • Kitty on May 14, 2012

      Hi David

      I didn’t say a calima was grim, I said being caught in a sirocco was grim. There is a big difference. Apologies if I sounded negative – that wasn’t my intention -it was merely an observation. Will be back there in a few weeks and I really couldn’t care less what the weather is like cos it will be better than here in the “sunny” lake district. Can’t wait for a bit of R & R ,good food and cold beer.

  13. Mike on May 14, 2012

    regardless of the “calima” people should be enjoying themselves in lanzarote. spare a thought for the people back home in the poor weather! if i could i would fly out there now but got to wait 6 more weeks yet! cant wait to get some prolonged sun and neck a few san miguels on the beach!

  14. jason grace on May 14, 2012

    hi Barry…been to sands beach 15 times….we own a villa there so very biased !! we love it.

  15. David myers on May 15, 2012

    Kitty i must admit i had my lines crossed my first comments were reffering to sirocco wind which as you say are grim my misstake

  16. mike on May 15, 2012

    hi barry, i havent personally stayed at the sands beach resort, however my partners parents have and they said it was really nice. i use the gym at the sands beach tho when i stay in costa tequise and it does look nice.

  17. Gary Smith on May 15, 2012

    Hi all,i am in pdc now and the weather is scorching hot. Dust cloud on horizon and beer in hand 😉

  18. mike on May 15, 2012

    Hi gary, nice way to make us all jelous back home, can tell by the webcams that weather is hot as there are people in beach at this time. In 6 weeks or so that will be me 🙂

  19. gordon on May 15, 2012

    yeah 6 weeks for us too, last holiday in lanza tho 🙁

  20. mike on May 15, 2012

    hi gordon, why is it your last holiday in lanza? sad to hear.

  21. gordon on May 15, 2012

    good news mate, wer moving out there 🙂
    hopefuly be out there in november.

  22. mike on May 15, 2012

    ah vey lucky u mate, be a permanent holiday then 🙂 wish i could move out there, love the place.

  23. gordon on May 15, 2012

    cheers, we did a “for” and “against” list and living in the uk was pretty bad compared to a life in the sun.

  24. Kevin Burton on May 15, 2012

    Hi, Gordon have read your comments many times and had correspondence with you once. Nice to hear you are going out to live in lanza. We currently have our house on the market in UK and will be on the first plane out when we sell.where abouts are you looking to live. I know you stay in CT but we have been looking around on our 2 visits this year and despite our long association with CT we have found it very difficult to find a nice property there. Are you intending to rent or buy would be interested to know and possibly meet up when we are both out there. We do not intend to have another holiday there unless we have difficulty sellin our house here. From memory, I think you frequent cactus Jacks.

  25. Peter on May 15, 2012

    Well done Gordon , going green here with envy hope all goes well for you.

    • gordon on May 16, 2012

      cheers peter, wer counting the months.

  26. gordon on May 15, 2012

    kev, i have 2 houses in uk and renting both out to fund our life in the sun. its a bad time time to sell property in uk at the mo, and we’ll be renting in lanza for a while till we get settled.

  27. gordon on May 15, 2012

    kev, i frequent a lot of places, but next time yer over, im sure we can meet up.

  28. Kevin Burton on May 16, 2012

    Thanks for that gordon. Wish you luck.

  29. Barry Dunne on May 16, 2012

    Thanks Jason and mike for your answers, i will be booking it next year. i normally stay in private apartments mostly owned by UK owners,which means they rent in Sterling which means they are starting to get to expensive which means i will be renting from places which are in Euro which means i should stop writing which means lol.

  30. Barry Dunne on May 16, 2012

    I never said i’m from Ireland