The Canary Islands are known as "The Islands of Eternal Spring" for their all year round pleasant weather.

 

Holidays in Tenerife can almost guarantee the perfect level of heat, little rain and plenty of sun. However this does not apply in equal manner to the whole island.

 

The island sits in the cooling Canary Current of the Atlantic Ocean, in the path of the northeast winds and very close to the African coast, this combined with the exceptional height of Mount Teide provides a great level of climatic variations.

 

We devide Tenerife in two, South Coast and North Coast, so you can learn more about the weather specific to the side you are interested in.

 

 

Tenerife South Coast is warm all year round with pleasant hot summers. This side of the island is affected by hot, dry weather systems coming over from Western Sahara Desert.

 

Summer sees average high temperatures rising through the high 20s to a peak of around 35°C in August. Night temperatures are cooler.

 

Autumn is still hot but does see an increase in rainfall. The average temperature decreases to 30°C in October and to 27°C in November. While rainfall does increase, showers are usually short-lived.

 

Winter is very warm but sometimes quite wet. With a average temperature around 23°C. Nights are cooler getting down to an average low of 18°C, so a extra layer is necessary. Rainfall is higher in this season and poor weather conditions rarely last for long.

 

Spring sees the temperature creeping back up to 30°C with some sunny days reaching into the high thirties.  Nights remain mild at around 20°C. Rainfall rapidly decreases.

 

Tenerife North Coast is cooler and wetter, especially in the winter months. Summers are still hot but are a bit more overcast. The wetter weather has resulted in a more verdant landscape. The beaches on this side of the island are mostly black, volcanic sand.

 

Summer is very similar to that in the south but a few degrees cooler. It sees average temperatures rising through the high twenties to a peak of around 35°C in August, rainfall is almost non-existent.

 

Autumn is pleasantly warm, 25°C can be expected in the day but nights are cool, around 17°C. A few storms may blow in but infrequently. October sees around five days of rain and showers are usually heavy but short, followed by clear weather.

 

Winter is mild but much cooler and a wetter than on the south coast. The average high gets down to 18°C in January.  Rain is still not frequent at all but when it falls it can be heavy.

 

Spring,  is very mild and gets warm by the end of the season. The average high rises slightly to a pleasant 25°C. Nights remain cold and the rain disappears again.

 

 

 

Teide is technically the third biggest volcano in the world, also the highest point in Spain with 3718m above sea level.

 

It's the mountains that create the great variation in weather conditions experienced across Tenerife. The prevailing winds on Tenerife are from the northeast and the mountains are a barrier to them. They force the majority of the rain to fall in the North Coast before the wind continues south. This has helped the entire South Cost to be famed for its lack of wet weather.

 

 

 

Occasionaly Tenerife is visited by the Calima, a Saharan air layer that comes from the African Coast. This manifests it self as a fog that reduces visibility and rises the temperature. In the Summer the South Coast can experience temperatures in the mid 40s, the North Coast in more protected from this phenomenon.

Average temperatures

in Tenerife

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

23°C / 71°F

24°C / 74°F

25°C / 77°F

27°C / 81°F

30°C / 86°F

32°C / 90°F

35°C / 95°F

35°C / 95°F

32°C / 90°F

30°C / 86°F

27°C / 81°F

26°C / 79°F

 

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