...and Geographical Location
Weather in Tenerife - the island can be found among the islands of Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma. It's close to the Tropic of Cancer and in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It has varied mountainous terrain and warm coastal currents benefiting from the trade winds and the anticyclone of the Azores. The climate is ideal almost throughout the whole year.
The climate on the island is sub-tropical, so the average annual temperature is around 20°c. The south of the island is much warmer than the north. Remember that the islands are in the Atlantic Ocean and the waters are ‘chilly’ during the winter. The temperature varies from 19°c to 22°c, but the south is warmer and sunnier.
Temperature, Seasons and What to Expect from the Weather in Tenerife
The climate in Tenerife is usually mild. Average temperatures on the island vary between 17°c and 18°c in winter and more than 24°c or 25°c in summer. The temperatures vary very little in the winter months because they aren't cold and the summers aren't too hot. Therefore it isn't surprising that the Canaries, and Tenerife in particular, are known as the islands of Eternal Spring. Every year Tenerife receives more than five million tourists. Compare the average winter temperature of 8°c in Europe with the 18°c in the Canary Islands. Doesn’t it make you want to spend the rest of your life there? 🙂
High season in Tenerife (and the other Canary Islands) is in winter. There's a big difference in temperature with continental Europe, which is considerably colder. In summer (late April to early October) the island receives a lot of national and family tourism. Those who are able to travel in Spring can enjoy having the island ‘almost’ to themselves, as that's low season.
Being mountainous, Tenerife’s climate is different in the north and the south. That's why it's common to say it's almost like a small continent thanks to its microclimates. For that reason if you're looking to get a tan you should head for the towns on the south of the island. They tend to have more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Don’t skip the towns and beaches in the north though, as they have an unbeatable beauty and character.
The rainy season is from November to February, particularly in the north. Rain is less frequent in the south of the island.
Despite the rain, Tenerife (and the Canaries in general) has the most sunshine in Europe – 4800 hours a year!! The sun has beneficial effects, like feeling constantly happy, as if every day were summer … Tempting, no? But protect yourself with high-factor sun cream and avoid being out in the sun in the middle of the day 😉
For the Weather in Tenerife, Don't Forget...
For these reasons, Tenerife’s climate is very important to consider when deciding what clothing to pack. There are lots of things to do in Tenerife, but to truly enjoy the island, don't forget:
- Essentials: Sunglasses, shorts, t-shirts, skirts and a cardigan or light sweater in case you feel chilly.
- For the beach: swimwear, beach towel, sandals/flip flops, hat, a book (or a magazine or iPod) and sun cream (at least factor 15).
- If you like to go out partying: makeup and plans to enjoy yourself and stay out late.
- To go hiking and enjoy nature: walking boots or sports trainers, hat, warm clothing and a rucksack with some food.
- Between September and March: a jacket or warm sweater and long trousers are necessary, especially in the north. It doesn’t always feel like the temperature it is, especially if you're in the shade.
Weather in Tenerife - Final Comments
We believe that with this basic advice you'll be prepared to set off on your ideal holidays. If there's a problem, you'll be ready to get past it without giving up on enjoying your holiday.
Ah! And sometimes there are alerts of wind, rain, rough weather,... maybe were you are there is nothing that they have announced, but maybe less than an hour driving time, will be as you have been warned... That is one of the problems of alerts in Tenerife and its microclimates... sometimes totally impossible to predict.