Tenerife weather overview for 2016 holidays

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Tenerife weather is controlled by trade winds and has a warm climate year-round making it the perfect holiday destination in any month of the year. The Tenerife weather guide shown below is for Playa de las Americas. Read more about the weather in Tenerife.

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Tenerife weather overview

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, part of Spain, lying in the Atlantic Ocean just over 300 kilometres off the coast of Morocco. As with most of the other islands in the group, Tenerife has some of the best weather in the world with plenty of sunshine. Summers are very dry and quite hot, while winters are slightly cooler, with some rain.

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Weather conditions in this part of the Atlantic are governed by gentle trade winds that blow year-round from the north-east, and by the temperature of the ocean waters surrounding the island. The trade winds help to provide a high degree of protection against unsettled weather while the temperature of the water prevents the island from becoming too hot in summer or too cold in winter.

Locally temperatures are also governed by altitude above sea level. The summit of Mount Teide in the centre of Tenerife is over 3,700 metres (12,000 ft), making it the highest point of any island in the Atlantic Ocean and also Spain's tallest mountain, usually snow-capped in winter. The air temperature at the summit can be as much as 20°C cooler than at sea level. Cloud and rainfall are also generally greater at higher elevations and, because of the prevailing north-easterlies more rain falls on north facing slopes than in the south of the island.

The warmest time of year in Tenerife is from May to November when daytime temperatures reach the mid to high 20s Celsius. August is definitely the hottest month and July has the most sunshine with an average of 10 hours a day. In winter from December to March it is cooler and some rain can be expected as low pressure systems pass through occasionally bringing storms. However even in winter night-time temperatures rarely fall below 10°C at sea-level. The temperature of the surrounding sea only varies by about 4°C from its maximum of 23°C in summer and this helps to prevent temperature extremes.

During any month dust can blow up off the Sahara Desert into the Atlantic; the worst time of year for this is between January and March when Tenerife is prone to fog-like conditions when red dust descends on the island cutting visibility for a few days.

Tenerife's reputation as a great holiday destination is well deserved. Put simply the weather is never too hot or too cold, and it is mostly sunny.

What to pack for Tenerife weather

Light clothing is suitable from June to October. Between April and June and an extra layer may be required after sunset. In winter warmer clothes are recommended especially for the evening. If venturing up to the summit definitely take some extra layers.

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Compare Tenerife weather with the United States

Below the Tenerife weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for Tenerife (Playa de las Americas) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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