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Canary Islands weather averages
Going to the Canary Islands? Find the best month to visit the Canary Islands based on the weather.
Check the Canary Islands weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2018/2019. Today's maximum temperature in the Canary Islands is expected to be 24°C, while the average maximum temperature in December is 19°C. The holiday weather guide shown above is for Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
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The weather for Canary Islands, represented by Santa Cruz de Tenerife, shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by MeteoBlue. Find out more about our data sources.
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Canary Islands weather overview 2018/2019
The Canary Islands' weather plays a star role in its appeal as a major holiday destination. With truly great conditions all year round, it's no wonder that the Canary Islands continue to be among the most popular places to go for those after some sunshine from January to December - it really does have one of the best climates in the world.
This seven-island Spanish archipelago has a Mediterranean climate all of its own. The islands are rocky and volcanic with snow on their highest peaks and black and white sandy beaches at sea level. While each island's weather is marginally different, typically the Canaries enjoy warm summers and pleasant winters.
As conditions across the islands are quite consistent without any significant shift, we have broken the seasons in two, showing summer and winter. There simply isn't enough differentiation to include spring and autumn, as the weather in the Canary Islands changes gently and gradually throughout the year.
All the Islands have much the same kind of climate but there are some local differences depending on altitude and which side of the mountains you are on. For example, on mountainous islands such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the higher you go, the colder it gets. Typically, north facing spots in the north of each of the islands are cloudier with more rain than south facing places in the south of islands.
Whatever type of trip you're planning, be it a family summer holiday, winter sun escape or group getaway, you can find out everything you need to know about the weather in the Canary Islands right here. Read on to find out more about the islands, take a look at today's temperature, the five day outlook, and what the weather is usually like at this time of year with our collection of climate averages.
- Canary Islands' summer - May to October
- Canary Islands' winter - November to April
- Individual Canary Islands
Canary Islands' summer - May to October
The Canary Islands' weather in summer sees virtually no rainfall, up to 10 hours of sunshine each day, and temperatures that easily hit the high twenties, staying warm into the evenings. The hottest days occur when hot, dry, dust-laden air is drawn out of the Sahara desert and reaches the islands brought via calima winds. While it often rolls through quite quickly, it can, on occasion, linger for a few days or even weeks, creating haze and visibility problems, but don't let this put you off.
The Atlantic Ocean's cold current, which surrounds the Canary Islands, prevents temperatures in summer from climbing uncomfortably high and helps keep the sky nice and cloud free. This cold current also prevents the sea temperature rising to the same highs you would find in parts of the Mediterranean Sea. While this varies slightly from island to island, the water temperature rarely surpasses 23°C at its peak in August, compared with around 27°C at the same time in Cyprus, for example.
Unlike some other destinations in the eastern Med and North Africa, the Canary Islands' weather doesn't succumb to any intense heat and humidity either, with only moderate levels at the height of summer from July to September, which guarantees a sweat-free holiday.
Canary Islands' winter - November to April
It's easy to see why the weather in the Canary Islands is such a hit with holidaymakers, and in winter it's no different; people continue to flock to the islands from November to April thanks to the mild conditions. There's more rain about during this time, especially on the northern sides of the islands, and perhaps a touch of fog, although not enough to ruin any holiday. Daytimes enjoy up to six hours of sunshine from November to April which, compared with one to two hours in the UK, is a welcome change. Temperatures hover between 21°C and 18°C, although evenings are cooler dropping as low as 12°C by February.
There's no heat and humidity to contend with, which makes it a truly comfortable place to visit, especially if you're hoping to feel warming rays of sunshine and get out and about. The weather in the Canary Islands in winter is thoroughly enjoyable but not necessarily right for those after some serious sunbathing, especially as the sea temperature is less than appealing at around 19°C from January to April. Overall, the Canary Islands' weather in winter makes it ideal for those keen to experience and explore; go for the fine food, hiking, walks, and scenery of these diverse Atlantic islands.
Individual Canary Islands
You can find out more about Canary islands' weather across the specific destinations. Take your pick from huge holiday favorites such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria to the quieter, less developed islands of La Gomera and EL Hierro:
- Tenerife - with the snowcapped Mount Teide at the centre of the island separating the drier, sunnier south from the more populated and greener farming areas of the north, Tenerife offers something for everyone from hikes and trails to lively towns, beaches, water sports and pretty villages
- Fuerteventura - this is one of the driest islands with arguably the best selection of golden beaches, and countless opportunities for watersports such as sailing and windsurfing thanks to the trademark winds, much loved by families, adventure seekers, and couples
- Lanzarote - another dry island, Lanzarote is home to stunning volcanic cones and black lava landscape as well as plenty of places to rest, party, visit and explore for all types of holidaymakers
- Gran Canaria - from the dunes of Maspalomas in the drier south to the more green and fertile north, this island has some of the most beautiful mountain scenery of them all as well as great beaches, nightlife and facilities
- La Palma - also known as the Isla Bonita or beautiful island, La Palma is the greenest of the Canary Islands with more rain than the others as it's located further out into the Atlantic
- La Gomera - no more than 20 miles from Tenerife, La Gomera is a mountainous island popular with daytrippers, with terraces, walks, and a handful of black sand beaches
- El Hierro - step back in time on the rocky, rugged island of El Hierro - forget high rise developments, here it's all about local guesthouses, hiking and exploring.
If you'd like to find out more, use the links above to discover the weather and climate in each destination from Tenerife to El Hierro. If you're tempted to experience the weather in the Canary Islands and are wondering where to visit first, don't miss our guide to choosing the right Canary Island for your holiday.
Finally, if you just need to book those all important flights or find a cheap break, head over to our travel deals and discounts section for the latest offers to get you to the warm Canary Islands' weather at a great price. Alternatively, visit our destinations guides for Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife to learn all about the islands, and see the latest specific holiday offers.
Tropical storm risk: Canary Islands hurricane season
The Canary Islands tropical storm risk chart above shows the hurricane season for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The chart was processed from data supplied by the US Meteorological Agency (NOAA). Find out more about our data sources.
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Canary Islands weather averages by month
Check Canary Islands holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.
Compare Canary Islands weather with the USA
Below the Canary Islands weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for Canary Islands, Spain (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.
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Popular Canary Islands destinations
Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in the Canary Islands in December. Select a destination to see the weather overview and compare average conditions with today's forecast.
- Gran Canaria
- Playa del Ingles
- Puerto del Carmen
- Playa Blanca
- Costa Adeje
- Playa de las Americas
- La Palma
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