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 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 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 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.
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Weather for January
|18°C / 64°F||21°C / 70°F||66mm||61%||8 Hrs|
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.
Weather for February
|19°C / 66°F||20°C / 68°F||55mm||65%||9 Hrs|
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.
Weather for March
|20°C / 68°F||20°C / 68°F||42mm||62%||9 Hrs|
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.
Weather for April
|20°C / 68°F||21°C / 70°F||31mm||63%||10 Hrs|
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.
Weather for May
|21°C / 70°F||21°C / 70°F||11mm||64%||10 Hrs|
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’.
Weather for June
|23°C / 73°F||23°C / 73°F||5mm||67%||10 Hrs|
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.
Weather for July
|24°C / 75°F||23°C / 73°F||1mm||64%||11 Hrs|
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.
Weather for August
|26°C / 79°F||24°C / 75°F||3mm||63%||10 Hrs|
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).
Weather for September
|25°C / 77°F||25°C / 77°F||13mm||65%||10 Hrs|
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.
Weather for October
|24°C / 75°F||25°C / 77°F||41mm||64%||9 Hrs|
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.
Weather for November
|22°C / 72°F||22°C / 72°F||69mm||65%||8 Hrs|
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.
Weather for December
|19°C / 66°F||21°C / 70°F||75mm||64%||7 Hrs|
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.
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.
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.
Yellow is low risk and you probably won’t even notice anything.
Orange means bad weather is on its way and you need to take precautions.
Red is for extreme weather and advisable to stay indoors until it passes.