The Canary Islands weather all year round is exceptional and the main reason why the tourism is so high every year. The temperature in the Canary Islands never really drops below 17 Celsius and can reach as high as 40 Celsius in summer.
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Canary Islands Weather, Average Temperatures & Forecast
Known as the “Islands of Eternal Spring”, and also “The Fortunate Isles” in Greek Mythology, this archipelago of islands are said to have been a paradise with no winter inhabited by ancient Greek heroes. The Canary Islands enjoy a sub-tropical climate where the winters are warm and mild with hot summers. There is precious little rainfall here during the summer months, some islands have little during the winter also.
The winter average temperature is as high as 17 Celsius and does not tend to drop much lower. There are many mountainous areas here due to the volcanic origin of the islands where the temperature will be cooler but back on land the temperature stays fairly consistent.
Canary Islands Summer Weather & Temperature
The Weather in the Canary Islands in summer is typically hot with an average temperature of around 25 Celsius. The temperature during the hotter months of July, August and September will frequently exceed 30 Celsius and perhaps 40 Celsius at times. The hotter islands tend to be those located off the western coast of Africa such as Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The warm air from the Sahara Desert keeps the temperature warmer than some of the other islands during summer. Dust storms can occur from the Sahara which will leave the air hazy with reduced visibility in places.
June is start of summer in the Canary Islands when the temperature increases significantly after spring. The average temperature tends to be somewhere around 21 Celsius with a big reduction in rainfall typically. It’s common to experience temperatures that exceed 30 Celsius, some of islands have also recorded more than 40 Celsius in June.
July is one of the hottest months in the Canary Islands when the temperature will frequently exceed 30 Celsius. The average temperature is around 27 Celsius during this month but a high of 42.9 Celsius was recently recorded in Tenerife in July. The Sea temperature is warming to around 23 Celsius in July and there is virtually no recorded rainfall during this month.
August is typically the hottest month in the Canary Islands but September can be just as hot in places. The average temperature is 27 Celsius but like July, this is likely to regularly exceed 30 Celsius and perhaps 40 Celsius at times. You are unlikely to see any rainfall during August and the Sea temperature will remain around 23 Celsius.
Autumn Weather in The Canary Islands
The weather in the Canary Islands during the autumn months of September, October and November is much the same as the summer months with more rainfall. The temperature in September is normally as hot as August in most places and the warm weather continues for the whole of autumn. The average temperature does begin to decrease in October but the rainfall becomes more significant as autumn reaches it’s conclusion.
September can be an extremely hot month in most of the Canary Islands, perhaps as hot as August for the eastern islands. September sees the return of some rainfall after the barren summer months but the sea temperature normally stays around 23 Celsius. Normally there are at least three days of rain but the average temperature tends to stay around 27 Celsius with many days exceeding 30 Celsius. A record high of 41.8 Celsius was previously recorded at Tenerife South Airport so you will still be needing plenty of sun cream if visiting during this month.
October is usually when the temperature begins to cool a little and this month will see plenty more rain than previous months. The average temperature in October is still around 24 Celsius in most places but the rainfall will probably be double that of September as the temperature cools. The Sea temperature remains warm at around 22 Celsius and plenty of days can still exceed 30 Celsius. A high of 38.1 has previously been recorded in Tenerife in October and even hotter in other parts of the Canaries.
November will normally see another increase in the amount of rainfall across the Canaries and perhaps a significant increase. The average daily temperature will now cool to around 20 Celsius and the Sea temperature will also decrease leading up to winter. The hours of sunshine is now decreasing to around 7 hours per day but it’s not uncommon for the temperature to be up around 30 Celsius at times during November. The evenings during this month will also begin to feel much cooler.
Winter Weather In The Canary Islands
The weather in the Canary Islands during winter will see the temperature drop to it’s coldest yearly levels and the rainfall increase to the highest. December is not the coldest month but it typically sees more rainfall than most of the Canary Islands. The coldest month is January when the average temperature will hit a low of 17 Celsius. February sees a marginal increase in temperature and a small decrease in rainfall.
December is by far the rainiest of any month in the Canaries with many areas seeing as much as double the rainfall than any other month. The hours of sunshine will now be at 6 hours, the lowest for any month but only marginally higher than January. The average daily temperature will now drop to around 18 Celsius and as many as 12 days during the month could see rainfall. The evenings will now seem particularly cold compared to previous months. The Sea temperature normally drops to around 20 Celsius around this time. December is still quite warm compared to most places and sees plenty of tourists coming for Christmas and some winter sun.
January is the coldest month in the Canary Islands with the average temperature now dropping to around 17 Celsius. There is normally quite a bit of rainfall around but nowhere near as much as December. January is possibly the busiest month for tourism in the Canaries with the warm winter temperatures still on offer. The Sea temperature will now drop to around 19 Celsius in most places and the hours of sunshine will remain at 6 hours. Although there is less rainfall in the Canary Islands in January, some islands can see over double that of other islands. Gran Canaria is located next to Tenerife but often sees less than half the rainfall of Tenerife.
February will see a marginal increase in the temperature but you probably wont notice a difference if you were in the Canary Islands in January. The average temperature across the islands will remain at just over 17.5 Celsius. February normally sees much less rainfall than any of the previous winter months but it will probably rain for at least 6 days of this month. The Sea temperature actually drops to around 19 Celsius during February but the hours of sunshine will increase to 8 hours as we enter spring.
Spring Weather In The Canary Islands
The weather in the Canary Islands in spring is excellent and these months is where “The Islands of Eternal Spring” name is aptly derived. The spring months of March, April and May will see the temperature increasing nicely along with the hours of sunshine each day. The Sea temperature is still on the colder side in early spring but will warm leading into summer. Spring sees significantly less rainfall than winter and the weather conditions will be close to ideal for most.
March sees the temperature begin to increase in the Canaries and the amount of rainfall begins to decrease. The Sea temperature remains around 19 Celsius but the hours of sunshine will be marginally more than the 8 during February. The average temperature during March will be approaching a warm 20 Celsius and most of the days will remain dry. March has previously recorded temperatures that exceed 30 Celsius but its more common to expect temperatures in the low twenties Celsius.
April is normally when you can expect perfect temperatures of around 21 Celsius. The days of rainfall will now be minimal and the Sea temperature will again be increasing across most of the Canaries. April has previously recorded temperatures of over 38 Celsius in some parts. The hours of sunshine will be approaching 9 per day towards the end of April.
May is possibly about as perfect as it gets in the Canary Islands with average temperatures of around 23 Celsius. May sees very little rainfall but some of the islands will see a few days at most. The Sea temperature will increase to 21 Celsius during May and the hours of sunshine will increase to 9 hour per day. Some of the Canary Islands have seen temperatures of around 40 Celsius during this month. May is almost an extension of the summer months, similar to September.
The image below gives an indication of the monthly temperature in the Canary Islands with the hours of sunshine at the bottom.
The image below highlights the average Sea temperature in the Canary Islands.