Weather / Climate
We have a hot, tropical climate here,
sun beating down for about 50 weeks of the year. March - June expect
sunny weather with temperatures around 25-30 C/ 77-86 F, the hotter
days around 35C / 95F. July & August is the hottest time of the
year averaging 35C / 95F by day, occasionally peaking nearer 40C / 104F
on some days.
January & February
temperatures average nearer 25C / 77F with high humidity, often windy
and this is when it's most likely to rain here in the south. Parts of
the island (usually the north or central areas) flood & dry
beds become rivers as reservoirs overflow. Fortunately, a rainy spell
rarely lasts more than a day and is usually followed perfect, holiday
weather the day after!
As well as the rain we have the
occasional sandstorm caused by the "calima" - a cloud of sand blown in
from the Sahara. They're not as bad as they sound. It's something to be
seen rather than avoid and there's no problem spending the day on the
beach enjoying the sun that shines through them. Imagine them as kind
of a fog that doesn't spoil your sunbathing. The hot wind that blows
from the Sahara is known as the "siroco" and also arrives this time of
Here's the average maximum
temperatures on the beach from personal experience over the last
Thanks to the rains around January,
the island becomes very fertile and green for the early part of the
year. The north of the island has a different climate to the
south, you'll find it's always 5C or 10C (approximately)
cooler in the north. It also receives more rain and clouds than the
south, as do the rest of the Canary Islands.
The mountains in the centre of the
island have a different climate altogether. Often it's quite cool with
fresh winds, most of the island's rain falls here and during winter
it's not that unusual to find snow (especially on Teide which is the
highest point above sea level in Spain) whilst the south of the island
still has hot, sunny weather.
By night the temperature stays around
15C / 59F or a little more all year round other than July and
August where it can vary quite a bit from around 15C / 59F up to 25C /
77F some nights.