What’s the weather like in Tenerife? If you’re planning a vacation yet have never been to this Canary island, this question is likely one of the top three on your mind. And while references to Tenerife’s year-round sunny, warm weather abound, chances are you’d prefer information that’s a bit more specific. Like, what to expect in April in the North? Or what’s the average temperature on Teide in September? To help, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to Tenerife weather, covering average rainfall, temperature fluctuations and wind for the island’s main zones throughout the year.
North Tenerife Weather
So, what’s the weather like in North Tenerife? In comparison to the South, its a few degrees cooler on average and gets significantly more wind and rainfall, especially in the northwest. These differences, however, are mainly noticeable over the winter, with summers similarly warm anywhere along the coast.
May through September is generally the summer season in North Tenerife. During this time daily highs in the North range from 24 to 29°C along the coast (e.g. Puerto de la Cruz), and 20 to 25°C inland (La Laguna), although record highs in the area reach above 40°C. At night, temperatures drop to 18-22°C on the coast, and about 15°C inland.
October through April is the cooler, wetter time of year. Temperatures drop gradually during October and November, then pretty much level out December through April. Along the coast, the warmest it gets is 21-22°C (Dec.-Apr.) to 26°C (Oct.), while average lows range from 16°C (Dec.-Apr.) to 19-21°C (Oct.-Nov.). Inland, highs are from 16-18°C (Dec.-Apr.) to 20-22°C (Oct.-Nov.), with daily minimums at 10-11°C (Dec.-Apr.) and 13-15°C (Oct.-Nov.).
Sea temperatures in North Tenerife fluctuate far less, ranging from 19 to 21°C in December through May, and 22-24°C in June through November.
Wind and Rainfall
May – September the average monthly number of rainy days long the coast is 2, and about 4 inland, while the amount of rainfall is rather low. October through April, however, gets heavier rainfall about 8 days a month on the coast, and 10-11 days inland.
Wind is mostly a constant in the North year-round which is why places like Punta de Hidalgo are popular with surfers. The northwest coast is windiest (e.g. Icod de los Vinos), with wind speed averaging 19-28 km/h throughout the year. Winds in Puerto de la Cruz, however, average up to 10-15 km/h, with July through November is on the mild side.
South Tenerife Weather
Weather in South Tenerife shows even less seasonal variation than in the North, the only big difference between summer and winter months being that on the rare occasion when it does rain October through April, it can be a real downpour.
Average highs in the South are 22-28°C, the warmest months being June through November. Daily lows range from 15-17°C December through May, and 18-21ñ June through November.
Sea temperatures are nearly identical to the North, with an average of 19-20°C December through May, and 21-24°C June through November.
Wind and Rainfall
As mentioned above, there are very few rainy days in the South. May through September the average is just over zero, meaning that the entire summer gets maybe 2 or 3 days of rainfall, on total, and what does fall is for show only. November through April has a monthly average of around 2 rainy days, but when it does come it tends to rain cats and dogs.
As far as wind is concerned, the South is fairly sheltered. The only noteworthy exception is El Médano, which has a peculiar climate: there usually just enough wind to have a great time wind or kite surfing, but rarely the kind to make big waves — and this is why the town is the site of the World Windsurfing Championship every year.
Given that its highest peak reaches over 3700 m, it’s understandable that weather on Mt. Teide is significantly different from what goes on elsewhere on the island. The volcano is the only place in Tenerife that gets any snow, and even subzero temperatures. If you’re planning to visit the mountain — and you really should, because it’s unique in so many ways — you should definitely check the weather and make sure you’re dressed for the occasion.
Measurements from the Teide Observatory in Izaña (at 2371 m above sea level) give average daily highs in May through November between 14 and 23°C, with July and August being the warmest. Lows during the summer fall between 6 and 14°C, but bear in mind that things only get colder the higher you go, and that these measurements don’t account for factors like humidity and windchill.
From December through April, the warmest it gets is 8-11°C, while at night the average temperature drops to between 1 and 4°C, but has been known to dip below zero as well.
Wind and Rain/Snowfall
In keeping with its geographic status as a part of South Tenerife, Teide gets virtually no rain during the summer, i.e. May through September: the monthly average is about 1 day of little rainfall. November through April, however, averages about 4 days of rain per month, and when it does rain, it pours (or snows big time).
Winds, on the other had, are quite variable, and depend not only on season but also on your exact location, so if you need precise information on what to expect windwise, be sure to check the current forecast before you head out for the day.