The weather in Tenerife is generally pretty good all year round with warm summers and fairly mild winters. Tenerife, like all the Canary Islands enjoys a subtropical climate and little rainfall for most of the year.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands in terms of land mass, population and the amount of visitors each year. It’s estimated that over 5 million tourists on average pack they suitcases and jet off to this beautiful volcanic island every year. Perhaps the main reason for the high level of tourism is the excellent climate and weather in Tenerife. Most of the island enjoys average temperature of around 26 Celsius during summer.
The winter average temperature is as high as 17 Celsius and does not tend to drop much lower. The few exceptions where the high altitude will make temperatures considerably cooler are the Anaga Mountains in the northeast of the island and Teide Volcano in the centre.
The summer weather in Tenerife is typically not as hot as some of the other islands or areas of the Spanish mainland. The temperature begins to increase in May before gradually cooling down towards the end of September. It’s important to bear in mind that the averages will frequently exceed 30 Celsius during the hotter months. One of the leading Spanish weather authorities has actually recorded a high of 42.6 Celsius previously in August. The Atlantic Ocean tends to offer a cooling breeze during the hotter summer months to ease some of the discomfort.
Summer Weather In Tenerife
June is the start of the summer season in Tenerife as the temperature increases again. June starts off relatively hot and gradually gets hotter towards the end of the month. The average daily temperature is around 26.6 Celsius but like May, there will be many days that exceed 30 Celsius. The top temperature recorded in June is 37.1 Celsius in Santa Cruz. There is hardly any rainfall throughout June so you will probably not see more than 1 day unless you are unfortunate. The sea temperature will now be a warm 22 Celsius and Tenerife will be getting some 10 hours of sunshine per day.
July can seem just as hot as August for long spells of the month and there is virtually no rainfall. The average temperature will now be around 29 Celsius most days, many more will be around 35 Celsius. July has recorded a temperature high of a sweltering 42.9 Celsius previously. This month can seem particularly uncomfortable if you are not used to the high temperature. It’s advisable to make sure you have some sort of air-conditioning to make sleeping easier. The sea temperature will remain around 22 Celsius and there will be around 10 hours of sunshine.
August is almost a mirror of July apart from more days exceeding 35 Celsius. The average daily temperature is now around 30 Celsius. Like July, there is precious little rainfall around so you will be lucky to see even 1 day of rain. The sea temperature will now be approaching a warm 23 Celsius. There may be slightly more hours of sunshine than July so it’s still a good idea to make sure you have access to some fans or air-conditioning.
Autumn Weather in Tenerife
The Weather in Tenerife for most of autumn will see much the same as summer but there will normally be much more rainfall. September in particular can still seem extremely hot, especially at the beginning of the month. The temperature will gradually decrease throughout September but will still be warm enough for the whole of autumn.
September is technically the end of summer but the hot temperature and climate will be around for a while yet. Although the temperature is beginning to drop, September is very likely to see plenty of days topping 30 Celsius. The average daily temperature is now 28 Celsius.Tenerife South Airport has previously recorded a temperature high of 41. 8 Celsius. September will probably see more rain but this is unlikely to be more than 3 or 4 days. Surprisingly, the sea temperature rises to a year high level of 24 Celsius during September.
October is when the temperature begins to cool considerably and there will be more days of rain during this month. The average temperature will drop to around 25 Celsius and we will probably see around 6 days of rainfall. A temperature high of 38.1 Celsius has been recorded in October so expect plenty of hot days. Like September, the sea temperature is still a pleasant 24 Celsius but the hours of sunshine will drop to around 7. The evening temperature will also begin to decrease as October reaches it’s conclusion.
November sees a significant increase in rainfall as the temperature begins to decrease. The temperature will probably not drop much below 20 Celsius but the rainfall tends to double in comparison to October. November has recorded a high temperature of 34 Celsius previously but it’s unlikely you will experience many days above 25 Celsius. The sea temperature will now drop to around 22 Celsius and the hours of sunshine will be around 7. The evening temperature will now begin to feel much cooler than previous months.
Winter Weather In Tenerife
Although the temperature is beginning to drop as we approach winter, the weather in Tenerife is still pretty good. November – March is when there is significantly more rainfall. It’s interesting that most tend to favour the winter months to take their holidays. The temperature never really drops much below 17 Celsius but November, December and January are the coldest and the wettest months in Tenerife.
December sees far more rainfall than any other month on average as the temperature continues to drop. The temperature during the day will still be fairly warm at around 18 Celsius but you could see some 8 days of rainfall. The precipitation levels are much higher in December so expect to see plenty of rain when it arrives. The hours of sunshine will reduce further to 6 hours and the sea temperature will drop to 21 Celsius. December is the beginning of winter in Tenerife so expect to see the evening temperature dropping accordingly.
January is probably only marginally colder than December but it’s still considered the coldest month in Tenerife. January is a very popular month for tourism but there is still a fair bit of rainfall around. The average temperature most days will be around 17 Celsius but the evenings will seem much colder. You can expect 6 hours of sunshine per day in January and sea temperatures of 20 Celsius.
February is very similar to January in many respects, the temperature will be around the same and so will the expected rainfall. February has an average daily temperature of around 17.5 Celsius and you can expect around 7 days of rainfall. The sea level drops to around 19 Celsius but the hours of sunshine increases to 8 hours per day as we say goodbye to winter.
Spring Weather In Tenerife
The weather in Tenerife in spring is generally perfect with the temperatures continuing to rise after the colder winter months.
March sees the temperature begin to rise again as we enter the spring months in Tenerife. The daily average temperature will increase to 18 Celsius and there will be less rainfall around. March has a recorded temperature high of 35.2 Celsius but most days will be in the low twenties as things warm up. March sees 8 hours of sunshine per day and the sea temperature is 19 Celsius. The weather in Tenerife in March is pleasant as it is for most of the spring months.
April sees the temperature rising marginally from the previous month but there will be significantly less rainfall. The temperature is now creeping up to around 20 Celsius but you can expect plenty to be as high as 25 Celsius. April has a recorded temperature high of 35.2 Celsius in Santa Cruz. The hours of sunshine in April will remain at 8 but the sea temperature will rise to 20 Celsius. The evenings will also be warming up now in preparation for the warmer months.
May sees the temperature climbing again steadily after a warmish April as spring is reaching it’s conclusion. The average temperature for May is around 24 Celsius but there will be plenty days that top 30 Celsius. The highest recorded temperature for May is 36.4 Celsius back in 2012. On average, May sees between 2 – 3 days of rainfall but the precipitation levels are minimal. The sea temperature for May is around 20 Celsius and there will be approximately 8 hours of sunshine each day.