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Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain. Author Jose Mesa (Mataparda). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain. Author Jose Mesa (Mataparda)

Canary Islands climate: when to go to the Canaries

The Canary Islands have a subtropical dry climate – mild and pleasant throughout the year – with no abrupt changes in temperature between day and night. The average maximum temperatures vary between 20 ° C and 30 ° C while average minimum temperatures ranging between 15 ° C and 21 ° C.

As regards rains the eastern islands are semi-arid, while the western islands receive more rain. The climate of the islands can vary between a mild and humid climate and a hot, dry climate, these types of climate varies with the exposure of each island compared to the trade winds of the northeast.

Winters of the Canaries are mild in all the islands of the archipelago, and look very similar to the European spring, with average minimum temperatures around 15 ° C and average maximum around 20 ° C. In the winter months in the islands of El Hierro and La Palma can be a bit colder than the other islands, as well as along the northern coast of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In winter on top of the Teide volcano snow falls abundant.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. Author GanMed64. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. Author GanMed64

In all the Canary Islands, however, summer is sunny. The rains are rather scarce, the annual averages ranging between 100 and 550 mm, the wettest months are the winter months between December and February.

WHEN TO GO TO THE CANARY ISLANDS

The climate of the Canary Islands is considered one of the best climates in the world, for these reasons, any time of year is suitable for a visit to the islands.

The climate of Lanzarote.

The climate of Tenerife.

CANARY ISLANDS CLIMATE TABLES

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE (4 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 15,4 21,0 31,5  4,2
February 15,3 21,2 35,4  3,8
March 15,9 22,1 37,8  3,8
April 16,5 22,7 11,6  2,4
May 17,8 24,1 3,6  0,9
June 19,5 26,2 0,9  0,2
July 21,2 28,7 0,1  0,0
August 21,9 29,0 2,0  0,3
September 21,7 28,1 6,8  0,9
October 20,3 26,3 18,7  3,1
November 18,4 24,1 34,1  4,7
December 16,6 22,1 43,2  5,4
YEAR 18,4 24,6 225,7  29,7
TENERIFE
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 19
February 18
March 18
April 18
May 19
June 20
July 21
August 22
September 23
October 23
November 21
December 20

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