Weather, Climate & Temperatures of Tenerife
Tenerife - summer all year round!
Located in the Canary Islands, just off the coast of Northern Africa, Tenerife is known as “The Island of Eternal Spring”, due to the pleasant weather all year round.
When you hear Canary Islands, you automatically think tropical climate and picturesque beaches. Europeans, among other nationalities, flock to these islands even during the winter to explore unspoiled beaches, mountains and plant life.
Tenerife is known as the island of extreme peaks and eternal spring and is the most popular with tourists. One of seven Canary Islands situated about 100km west of Morocco; Tenerife is the largest of these and is majestic in mountain, forest and beach. It is famous for hosting the notable Mount Teide, a massive volcano which is the highest peak in all of Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.
If you’re looking for summer to last, well, forever, the Tenerife coastal climate is virtually warm and sunny all year round with an occasional rainfall from October through March. There’s a constant blowing of breeze, thanks to the Atlantic Ocean but the sun can sometimes be somewhat harsh. There can also be some extreme conditions but that rarely happens.
Tourists who holiday in the south of Tenerife, visit thanks to the perfect level of heat, lack of rainfall and plenty of sunshine. However, this does not apply to the whole of the island. Tenerife is mountainous and sits in the cooling Canary Air Current of the North Atlantic Ocean, in the path of the northeast trade winds, and is very close to the west coast of Africa. These factors give rise to an exceptional level of regional climatic variation, so much so, that you can generally choose what type of weather you would like to experience on any day.
Transport links in Tenerife are efficient, so wherever you stay, you can always witness a real contrast in the weather. For example, you might visit in winter and hike up to the snow line on Mount Teide, then spend the next day sunbathing on the south coast.
In the south of Tenerife, where the majority of the tourist resorts are found, the weather is warm all year round with pleasantly hot summers. This includes resorts such as Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas and Costa Adeje. This side of the island faces south and east and so is affected by hot, dry weather systems coming over from Western Sahara in Africa. Temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees, even during the winter months and often top 30 degrees during the summer months.
In the north of Tenerife, temperatures tend to be cooler and often wetter during the winter months. During the summer months, the north coast is still warm, but can often be overcast. Tourism is not as high in the north of Tenerife, but resorts such as Santa Cruz and Puerta de la Cruz are popular for city breaks, as well as with walkers and golfers. The wetter weather has resulted in a far greener landscape with many lush palm trees and banana plantations.
Tenerife is a volcanic island and Mount Teide is third largest volcano in the world, as well as being the highest point in Spain, reaching 3718 metres above sea level at its peak.
The higher altitude of Teide results in cooler temperatures. The mountains of Tenerife provide cool respite from summer heat and Mount Teide is often snow-capped during winter months. Rainfall is also higher in this area, especially on the northeast faces, due to the northeast direction of the trade winds. Mist and fog can also develop during any season. The mountains provide many routes for walkers, trekkers, cyclists and climbers.
While it is more than likely that you will enjoy fantastic weather throughout your stay there, depending on what time of the year you are visiting Tenerife, you may experience some adverse weather conditions during your time there.
Sand storms, known as Calimas, caused by strong winds blowing across the Sahara occur throughout the year in Tenerife.
The summer months can also see bush fires in the north of Tenerife. However, while these can be common, they are usually not very severe.
Here’s a brief breakdown of the Tenerife Climate & Temperature:
Spring: March – May:
In March, the weather starts to warm up. Temperatures and daily sunshine hours start to increase. During these months, the average temperature on the island is 30˚ during the day and around 16˚ at night. The Tenerife climate can vary between the northern part of the island and the southern. In the south, the temperature can be as low as 18˚ but in the north, temperatures are generally lower. During this time, the island might be subjected to small amounts of rainfall continuing for a few days. This is also an opportunity to see Mount Teide lightly brushed with a thin layer of snow. Not to worry, snowfall is unlikely on other parts of the island.
In April, the weather gets even warmer! Temperatures rise and the possibility of rain decreases. Because of this, vacationing in Tenerife in April makes it that more enjoyable. In the south where the weather is generally cool, temperatures now rise to about 20˚ and will fluctuate at the end of the month. The island will still receive moderate to light rain which is far much less than that of March. Tenerife boasts of an average of seven hours of daily sunshine and cloud coverage slightly decreases as the month goes by which in addition with the climate aids in warming the sea just enough for swimming.
After a warm April, the Tenerife climate continues to progress. The temperature rises and the hours of daily sunshine rises. During May, the average temperature is roughly 26˚ during the day and 18˚ at night and the rainfall is reduced to a drizzle. May averages eight hours of sunshine with 44% less cloud coverage. This is an opportune time to get a lot of sunbathing and swimming in during your spring holiday.
Summer: June – August:
June symbolizes the beginning of summer. In Tenerife, the weather gets hotter, drier and the sun is out at full force. The average temperature is now at 30˚ at day and between 18˚ and 20˚ at night. The sea temperature rises to about 22˚ and is certainly warm enough for swimming. Once again, in the north, the weather is usually cooler and cloudier than in the south. Calimas are usually popular during this time in Tenerife which can result in temperatures spiking higher than the average. Not only will it bring extreme heat, but this can also result in low visibility because of a high concentration of dust and sand particles being blown over from the Sahara. Due to this, temperatures can easily rise up to 40˚. Although it is summer, Tenerife can experience a slight rainfall during the summer months in the south with a little more in the north.
In July, rain is practically a thing of the past. The average temperature is still around 22˚ and the average daily sunshine is eleven hours. July is also the month with the most sun throughout the year and the temperature of the sea remains the same.
August is one of the hottest months in Tenerife. Skies are blue and basically cloudless, days are filled with sunshine and high temperatures are a guarantee. The average temperature is 32 degrees during the day and 20˚ at night and there is an average of nine hours of sunlight. The sea temperature gets to about 24˚ making it the warmest of all during the year. Temperatures seem to increase during the month of August, making the final week the hottest time to visit.
Autumn: September – November:
September introduces the autumn months but is still generally one of the hottest months for Tenerife. The days are all long and sunny with an average of eight hours of sunlight per day, the nights are warm and short and rain is certainly unheard of. The average temperature is between 25˚ through 35˚ during the day and drops to about 19˚ at night and sea temperatures can get up to 25˚. Calimas are still a concern in the month of September. Although there is no real danger, it is uncomfortable and a nuisance to those enjoying a summer holiday.
In October, the Tenerife climate starts to get a little cool due to the island transitioning between summer and winter. During this time, the temperature drops just a bit and the probability of rainfall slightly increases. The average daily sunshine is seven hours. Even though things begin to cool down, the sea is at an amazing warm temperature of 20˚ which is glorious for swimming. The average climate temperature is 28˚ during the day and 16˚ at night. So if you prefer slightly cooler weather but would love to go swimming, October is the perfect time to visit.
November is a typical autumn month with temperatures of 26˚ during the day and 15˚ at night. The weather cools significantly, compared to that of its fellow autumn months. The sea temperature is 18˚, still making it enjoyable; with eight hours of sunshine.
Winter: December – February:
The winter months are the coolest in Tenerife but are still the warmest when compared to Europe. During this time of year, the temperature averages to 13˚ daily and 17˚ at night and 25 degrees at day. The average sea temperature is about 15˚ still making it pleasant to enjoy the pleasures of beach life.
So whether you’re there to watch the sunrise from Mount Teide or wade in the sparkling waters of Tenerife while your family builds sandcastles on the shore, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the weather. It pretty much stays the same.
Graphs and tables with average temperatures and precipitation
Average annual temperatures in Tenerife
This chart illustrates the average annual temperatures in Tenerife. Remember that the data relates to temperatures MEDIUM, this means an average temperature difference between day and night. If in the cooler morning hours the temperature is 13 degrees, followed by a warm and sunny afternoon of 25 degrees, this gives us an average of 19 degrees (typical of the temperatures in January).
Average annual rainfall in Tenerife
This graph compares the average rainfall of Tenerife and the UK throughout the year.
Climate and temperatures of Tenerife
The table lists the average rainfall in Tenerife and the average number of rainy days during the different seasons of the year. We must also remember that in the months indicated as "rainy", precipitation normally does not last more than a few hours. This is due to the proximity of the island to the Sahara desert.
Satelite photo of the Sahara's Sands blowing over the Canary Islands!
These conditions are known as a "Calima"