Tenerife Weather Overview
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?
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 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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Tenerife Weather Averages for January
|18°C / 64°F||21°C / 70°F||66mm||61%||8 Hrs|
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.
The sand on Las Teresitas beach was imported from the Sahara Desert. Almost 300,000 tons of sand was imported in 1973 with a further 2,800 tons in 1998.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
The Tenerife flag is the same as the Scottish flag. The colours of the flag are said to represent the blue of the sea and the white of snow capped Teide.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
Admiral Nelson was defeated at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1797 and was hit in the arm by shrapnel which subsequently had to be amputated.
Find out more about the famous Battle of Santa Cruz.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
Mount Teide is the third largest island volcano in the world and the highest peak in Spain. At the highest point, it measures 3,718 metres or 12,198 feet.
More interesting facts about Mount Teide.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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’.
Tenerife has its own ancient pyramids in Guimar which were built from lava stone without the use of mortar. Parallels have been drawn between their structures and those of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
The official Guimar Pyramids website.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
The Spanish Civil War was hatched from Tenerife during Franco’s tenure as Governor General of the Canary Islands in 1936.
A brief history of Francisco Franco.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
Many of the scenes from the blockbuster movie Clash of the Titans were filmed in Tenerife using the lunar looking landscape of Teide National Park during 2010.
Get to know the characters in Clash of the Titans.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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).
Dorada beer is brewed exclusively on Tenerife and apart from a small presence on its neighbour Gran Canaria, you won’t find it anywhere else in the world.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
There is still debate as to where the indigenous people of the island, the Guanches, actually originated from. One theory is that Roman and Greek sailors brought prisoners from North Africa and abandoned them there. They settled and as they say, the rest is history.
Learn more facts about the Guanches of the Canary islands.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
Agatha Christie spent time on the island where she wrote several short stories and even mentions certain locations of Tenerife in the story titled “The Man From The Sea” which is part of “The Mysterious Mr Quin” series.
The story behind The Man From The Sea.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
Tenerife boasts over 300 days of sunshine on average every year and has earned the name “The Island of Eternal Spring” because of its mostly temperate year round climate.
Tenerife Weather Averages 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.
There have been many recorded UFO sightings on Tenerife with one of the more famous ones occurring in 1976, lasting more than 40 minutes and was seen by people on some of the other islands who testified that they had seen the object.
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.
Have a look at the Tenerife monthly weather videos if you prefer a more visual guide.
Our Tenerife weather videos offer a very quick overview of the weather on the island throughout the year.