The Ultimate Tenerife Weather Guide


Have you ever searched online for information about Tenerife weather and ended up having to click through several sites that didn’t really answer any of your questions accurately?

If you have then welcome to the club and you can now consider yourself lucky.
Why do I say that?

Because today here at Tenerife Forum, we’ve decided to pull out all the stops and create the ultimate guide to Tenerife weather for you.

It’s important to remember that Tenerife has several ‘Microclimates‘, meaning that the weather in Tenerife can be different from one area to the next so it all depends on where you plan to stay.
The North of the Island is more prone to rainfall than the South which gets more sunshine on average and is more arid than the lush northern regions.

Our Tenerife weather data is based on averages throughout the Island and will be updated as and when the metrics change.

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This video below contains a playlist of the Tenerife weather averages for every month of the year.
Please remember that these figures are the averages of the entire island so depending on where you are on the island, it might be warmer or colder due to the microclimates.

There are 12 videos in the playlist, one for each month of the year.
We hope you find these videos useful in getting an idea of the year-round Tenerife weather averages.

To view the menu of videos, select the 3 bars icon in top right corner.


Read on below for a comprehensive Tenerife weather guide.



Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun

Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec

Calima  Alerts

Weather for January

TempSea TempRainHumSun
18°C / 64°F21°C / 70°F66mm61%8 Hrs
January is generally the coldest month of the year. The best area if you are seeking the sun is by far the south of the Island.

Temperatures drop during the early mornings and during the evenings so it’s essential to have a jacket or cardigan with you just in case it gets too chilly.

The higher levels suffer the greatest temperature changes, especially throughout and after the occasional storm when it quite often snows in the mountainous areas.

However in the coastal areas, especially in the south-eastern side, it is possible to enjoy mild temperatures and warm sunshine. This is the time of year when you can really appreciate the contrast between the pleasant climate on the coast and the somewhat colder climate in the higher levels and North side of the Island.

Tenerife weather for January



Weather for February

TempSea TempRainHumSun
19°C / 66°F20°C / 68°F55mm65%9 Hrs
Tenerife weather for February follows the same pattern as January, being one of the coldest months of the year. It is also one of the months that are prone to more rainfall, which, unfortunately, can coincide with the Carnival activities.

Cloudy skies are quite normal during this month in the North of the Island and cloudbanks are quite often formed in medium level areas (ranging between 600 and 1,800m high). Expect to experience spells of overcast skies in the South of the Island as this is quite common at this time of year.

Even though February is classed as a winter month the temperatures remain mild and seldom fall below 15º in the lower levels.

Tenerife weather for February



Weather for March

TempSea TempRainHumSun
20°C / 68°F20°C / 68°F42mm62%9 Hrs
At the beginning of March the weather pattern is pretty much the same as the two previous months. Jackets are still a requirement for journeys to the higher levels or for early morning excursions and late nights on the coastal areas.

Tenerife weather continues to be mild throughout the day with occasional cloudy periods and plenty of sunny spells on the coast, especially in the South. Nearing the end of the month when the clocks go forward, the days are gradually that bit longer and there is a noticeable rise in temperatures.

Tenerife weather for March



Weather for April

TempSea TempRainHumSun
20°C / 68°F21°C / 70°F31mm63%10 Hrs
With the arrival of April in Tenerife there is a definite feel of the Canarian spring in the air.

As in the earlier months of the year, it’s advisable to be prepared with a jacket for early mornings and evenings, but on the whole, the weather is mainly dry with mild and comfortable temperatures throughout.

Again, more sunshine guaranteed on the South coast than any other part of the Island. Expect to experience about 8-10 hours of sun and little rainfall.

Tenerife weather for April



Weather for May

TempSea TempRainHumSun
21°C / 70°F21°C / 70°F11mm64%10 Hrs
As the Canarian Spring begins to wind down, the temperatures continue to rise and the probability of rainfall decreases.

The climate is usually moderate with hot temperatures throughout the day. Evenings, mornings and higher levels continue to be cooler although temperatures rarely drop any lower than 19º.

At this point, we are enjoying between 9-10 hours of sunshine per day! It is around this time that we normally start to experience more episodes of the ‘Calima’.

Tenerife weather for May



Weather for June

TempSea TempRainHumSun
23°C / 73°F23°C / 73°F5mm67%10 Hrs
In previous years, the weather in May hasn’t varied a great deal from the weather experienced in June. The real Canarian summer seems to arrive later and then lasts right through to early November.

While temperatures are certainly rising, the need to be armed with jackets and cardigans rapidly fades into a distant memory. By now the probability of rain is minimal and we are enjoying 10 hours of sunshine each day.

The temperature of the sea is increasing and summer is definitely on it’s way.

Tenerife weather for June



Weather for July

TempSea TempRainHumSun
24°C / 75°F23°C / 73°F1mm64%11 Hrs
July brings the perfect beach weather to Tenerife. Temperatures are now soaring up the scale, giving us an average temperature of 24º and 11 hours of sunshine per day.

The weather in Tenerife during July is certainly one of the hottest and driest months of the year. Fortunately,this is when the cold sea currents of the Canary Islands ride to the rescue and do a fantastic job of cooling the coastal regions and the beaches.

By doing so, it helps prevent those hot, sticky days and uncomfortable sleepless nights. The chance of rain is almost non-existent.

Tenerife weather for July



Weather for August

TempSea TempRainHumSun
26°C / 79°F24°C / 75°F3mm63%10 Hrs
Tenerife weather in August is much the same as July and usually on average, the hottest month of the year. The Calima is also common at this time of year and more frequent now than it has been in the past.

It’s not uncommon to experience several bouts of Calima during the summer months and it tends to linger in the air for longer periods of time due to the lack of rainfall, so only when the wind changes or it’s washed away during an occasional summer shower (which can turn into a mud shower if the Calima is very dense).

Tenerife weather for August



Weather for September

TempSea TempRainHumSun
25°C / 77°F25°C / 77°F13mm65%10 Hrs
September continues the weather pattern of August; temperatures are still high, on average around 25º with 10 hours of sunshine to enjoy per day.

The sea temperature is also at it’s warmest in September. Even though September sees the end of many tourist’s summer holidays and the local children reluctantly returning to school, the sun continues to shine in the North and South of the Island alike.

Tenerife weather for September



Weather for October

TempSea TempRainHumSun
24°C / 75°F25°C / 77°F41mm64%9 Hrs
October shares September’s high sea temperatures and the beginning of October has a similar weather pattern to September.

Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures still abound although the possibility of light showers is on the increase. Nearing the end of the month when the time comes around to put the clocks back, the days begin to get shorter accompanied by the cooler temperatures in the evening and early morning, needless to say, that this becomes more apparent in the Northern side of the Island and the higher-level areas.

Tenerife weather for October



Weather for November

TempSea TempRainHumSun
22°C / 72°F22°C / 72°F69mm65%8 Hrs
November starts with similar average sea and air temperatures of  22º which make it the ideal time to take a dip in the sea. Temperatures during the early morning and evening continue to decrease and the chance of experiencing a shower is also on the increase.

In the coastal areas, there is still plenty of opportunity to sunbathe and there are 8 hours of sunshine per day. Warm clothing is once again that essential item to take out with you; it can get cool in the shade and in the higher-level areas.

Tenerife weather for November



Weather for December

TempSea TempRainHumSun
19°C / 66°F21°C / 70°F75mm64%7 Hrs
Temperatures continue to drop as we enter into the Canarian Winter season. December is one of the coolest months of the year and has the highest probability of rainfall. The sea temperature also falls and the general weather conditions change from the weather pattern seen in previous months.

We still have 7 hours of sunshine a day and it’s normal to experience a mixture of cloud and sunny spells throughout the day. The contrast between the warm climate of the coastal areas and the colder climate in the higher levels and the North of the Island becomes evident once again, although there is no reason why you can’t spend a few hours on the beach on Christmas Day.

Tenerife weather for December



What is a Calima?

Calima is the local term used in the Canaries for the presence of airborne dust that comes from the African continent, mainly from the Sahara desert and the Sahel region. During bad episodes of Calima the air develops a dense appearance, turning a reddish colour and visibility is reduced.

These dust storms are also known as ‘Sirocco’, although this term refers more to the type of wind that accompanies the Calima. One of the greatest sources of the Calima is located at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, the Bodele Depression, north of the Lake Chad. Sediments are suspended in the air with a little breeze or by the convective air process generated by the heat of the floor which acts as a vacuum, creating a flow of air from the ground, dragging these materials upwards.

The Calima is more frequent during the spring and summer months, when the clouds of mineral dust formed in the Sahel and the Sahara continue their journey over the Atlantic Ocean reaching as far as the shores of the American continent.

Calima weather in Tenerife

 Satellite image of Calima blowing towards the Canary Islands



Tenerife Weather Alerts

Every so often, you’ll hear Tenerife weather alerts being announced and specific colours being designated for certain weather conditions.

The colours alert the public as to what level of precaution to take so whenever any of these weather alerts are announced by the authorities, there is no need to panic because they are just that, a precaution.

Below are the alerts and what they mean if and when they are announced.


Tenerife yellow flag alert

Yellow is low risk and you probably won’t even notice anything.


Tenerife orange flag alert

Orange means bad weather is on its way and you need to take precautions.


Tenerife red flag alert

Red is for extreme weather and advisable to stay indoors until it passes.





Resources – Spanish meteorological agency with comprehensive Tenerife weather details

Holiday Weather – Tenerife weather averages & statistical data

Wikipedia – Tenerife information & images

Turismo de Tenerife – The official Tenerife tourism site

Tenerife Forum – An informative blog about Tenerife



  1. Thanks for the info and your time putting this together.A great tool.

    Brian .BB

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