The best apps to forecast/track the calima

Gran Canaria is a beautiful island located in the Canary Islands, known for its stunning beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and year-round sunshine. While the island’s climate is typically warm and pleasant, it is not uncommon for visitors to encounter the phenomenon known as calima.

Calima is a weather condition characterized by high temperatures, low humidity, and a fine layer of dust and sand particles in the air. This can sometimes lead to discomfort for those not accustomed to it. However, with the right weather apps, you can be prepared and stay ahead of the game. In this post, we will be discussing the weather apps our community members use to track and forecast calima in Gran Canaria.

Please note that these are answers and recommendations from community members and their personal experiences. Answers can be slightly edited for clarity.

Thomas | 13-02-2023

I recommend IQAir.
Frank | 02-02-2022

Check the daily dust forecast from Aemet from the Spanish government.
Eric | 02-02-2022

This is the official government site with Real-time Air Quality Index. Scroll down for 4 day prediction and to the bottom to see what the levels mean. 
Dina | 02-02-2022

I was using IQAir app. They also have a website.
Mircea | 02-10-2022

Best weather site for forecast with the least error margin is El Tiempo.
Nader | 02-10-2022

I check the app Windy and then check the layer for ‘dust mass’. If there’s a (big) calima coming, it’s usually also reported in the local news.
Nelleke | 19-04-2022

I’m using the BreezoMeter app to check for the live air quality report.
Jakub | 19-04-2022

I use the World Air Quality Index website. You need to check the PM2.5 for the calima.
Jonathan | 19-04-2022

I use the Spanish gov’ts meteorological site, Aemet.
Eric | 19-04-2022

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