Lanzarote Weather

Lanzarote weather is dry, sunny and warm for most of the year making this a popular year-round Canary Islands destination for holiday-makers from Europe. It is also cooler in summer and warmer in winter than Mediterranean beach holiday destinations, with average daytime temperatures reaching highs of just under 20°C in winter and 28°C in summer. The Lanzarote weather guide shown below is for Arrecife.

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Lanzarote weather overview

In every month except December the sun in Lanzarote shines for more than 60% of the time - that's an average of at least 7 hours a day, rising to 9 hours in mid summer, and in December the figure is only slightly lower at 6 hours.

There is also little chance of rain. In the part of the Atlantic Ocean where the Canary Islands are situated the nearer you are to Africa and the Sahara Desert the less moisture there is in the atmosphere. Lanzarote is at the eastern end of the island chain and, along with its island partner Fuerteventura, receives very little rain.

The North East trade winds that blow pretty much constantly throughout the year bring very settled weather. Unlike Tenerife and Gran Canaria, Lanzarote also does not have any very high mountains where clouds tend to gather.

In Lanzarote there is only one month (January) when more than 25mm (1 inch) of rain usually falls, and from April to November there is hardly any rainfall, so the landscape everywhere is quite arid.

But unlike in the Sahara Desert which is only 500 kilometres to the east and where it is unbearably hot in summer, Lanzarote never becomes very hot. The surrounding ocean and constant north-east breeze helps to cool the air.

From July to September daytime temperatures do rise above 30°C but the average high is still only 28°C. UV levels in summer however are extreme, so every precaution should be taken against sunburn.

In winter the opposite is true. The temperature of the ocean falls by only a few degrees and so during winter it warms the air. It is quite a bit cooler from the beginning of December to the end of March, but still there is plenty of sunshine.

At sea level there is never a ground frost, temperatures rarely fall below 10°C at night and will mostly hit 20°C during the day, which makes Lanzarote the nearest warm winter destination to the UK. From Birmingham the flight time is about 4 hours and 15 minutes, a good hour less than it takes to get to the Red Sea.

Another advantage of the weather in winter is the longer hours of daylight. Lanzarote is that much nearer the equator so it has an extra two hours of daylight every day in winter when compared with most places in the UK.

Because of the predictable winds Lanzarote is a popular destination for windsurfers particularly in the summer from May to September when conditions at places like Costa Teguise are truly excellent for both beginners and experts.

The island also has some great sites for surfing, in fact some of the best in Europe. These are all on the west coast where waves that have travelled many miles across the Atlantic finally break. October to March is the best time of year for surfing.

Occasionally dust storms known as calimas blow off the Sahara Desert into the Atlantic Ocean. They can last for a few days or disappear in a matter of hours and contain very fine particles of sand and dust blown high into the atmosphere by winds over the desert.

Calimas are not especially dangerous unless you are asthmatic but are rather annoying. The weather can become very hot and humid, the dust gets everywhere and there have been times when the airport has had to close.

At whatever time of year you are travelling to Lanzarote and whether you are out on a jet-ski, windsurfing, exploring the volcanic landscape or simply enjoying the sunshine, the fine weather conditions that the island usually enjoys should help you to make the most of Lanzarote weather.

What to pack for Lanzarote weather

From June to October light clothing is all that is required when travelling to Lanzarote. During the rest of the year and especially from December to March an extra layer is a must, since temperatures drop noticeably after the sun has set.

Lanzarote weather by month

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