Tenerife Weather

Tenerife is one of Spain’s Canary Islands that sit far south of the mainland, close to the west coast of Northern Africa. The islands are known as “The Islands of Eternal Spring” for their famously pleasant weather all year round.

A holiday in Tenerife can basically guarantee the perfect level of heat, little rain and plenty of sun. However, this does not apply to the whole of the island. The island is mountainous, sits in the cooling Canary Current of the North Atlantic Ocean, in the path of the northeast trade winds, and is very close to the west coast of Africa; these factors give rise to an exceptional level of regional climatic variation – so much so that you can generally choose what type of weather you would like to experience on any day.

Summer is one of Tenerife’s high seasons, the other being winter, and is when the island is visited mainly by young groups looking to party all night and sunbathe all day.

Autumn, in October and November, is still hot but does see an increase in rainfall. The average high temperature decreases to 26°C in October and to 24°C in November. The sea temperature stays about the same and sunshine levels remain good at around six or seven hours per day. While rainfall does increase, showers are usually short-lived. It should be noted that these weather conditions are vastly better than the peak of the British summer. Tenerife sees fewer visitors at this time of year so if you don’t like crowds this is a good time to come.

Winter, from December till February, is very warm but sometimes quite wet. January is the coolest month in the year but still sees an average high temperature of 21°C. Most people would consider this warm enough to lie on the beach, especially if you’re from northern Europe and have a tendency to be rather optimistic about these things. On some days it can get up into the mid 20s but this is not to be relied upon. Night times are cooler, getting down to an average low of 14°C, so a few extra layers are necessary. Rainfall is higher in this season. Light showers and the odd stormy day occur but are infrequent, and poor weather conditions rarely last for long. Sunshine levels remain good at around six hours per day for the entire season, and the sea is still warm enough for swimming.

Again, these weather conditions are actually on par with many locations in northern Europe in midsummer, so if you’re trying to escape the cold and grey of a northern European winter, Tenerife is clearly an option. It should be noted that the UK receives a single hour of sunshine per day in December. This has made Tenerife exceptionally popular as a Christmas getaway. Winter is Tenerife’s other high season and sees the island visited by family groups.

Spring, from March till May, sees the temperature creeping back up to 22°C with some sunny days reaching into the high twenties. However, cool winds can force the temperature back down into the teens. Night times remain mild, at around 16°C, so don’t forget to pack a jumper. Rainfall rapidly decreases and sunshine levels creep up, reaching an average of nine hours per day in May. This is a fantastic time to visit the island when the summer crowds are yet to arrive and the island is in full bloom following the winter rains.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day (°C) 21 21 22 23 24 27 29 30 28 26 24 22
Day (°F) 70 70 72 73 75 81 84 86 82 79 75 72
Night (°C) 15 15 16 16 17 19 21 21 21 20 18 16
Night (°F) 59 59 61 61 63 66 70 70 70 68 64 61
Water (°C) 19 19 19 19 20 20 22 23 22 22 21 20
Water (°F) 66 66 66 66 68 68 72 73 72 72 70 68
Sun (hrs) 6 7 7 8 10 11 11 11 9 7 6 6