Weather in Tenerife.
One of the most wondrous aspects of the beautiful island of Tenerife is its climate. The weather is glorious, that is why the largest of the Canaries has earned the reputation of being one of the best year-round holiday hotspots. The sun shines for more days of the year here than most other places in the world – just one of the reasons people visit from January to December.
Of course the weather depends on the time of year that you travel and the specific places you visit. The south is always the warmest and sunniest with the least cloud, and the west enjoys more than its fair share of great weather, too. The north is also very warm, although there can be more rain and cloud in this part of the island compared with the rest.
The closer you travel towards Mount Teide National Park, Tenerife’s volcanic region and location of Spain’s highest peak El Teide, the more changeable the weather becomes. Naturally, as the altitude rises, the weather cools and at certain times of the year there is some snowfall here while the coast remains sunny.
The trade winds, together with the refreshing Gulf air currents, are the major weather factors that contribute to the climate. The minimum and maximum annual average temperatures in Tenerife are about 15ºC (59°F) in winter and 24ºC (75.2°F) in summer.
As you can imagine, the Island offers a surprising variety of micro-climatic weather zones, enabling people to almost ‘choose’ their climate, depending on where they live.
Tenerife Climate Averages.
Tenerife enjoys one of the world’s best climates which is why it is often described as the ‘island of eternal spring.’ This beautiful place, located just off the north coast of Africa, promises sunshine, glorious blue skies and warm temperatures for most of the year. Annually it boasts more days of sunshine than most other holiday destinations with very few rainy days, particularly during the summer months. In fact, even in December the average rainfall in Tenerife is only five days.
The combination of trade winds and the sea breeze produce warm but not suffocating summers and temperate winters, with temperatures between 17ºC (63ºF) and 21ºC (70ºF).
This characteristic Canarian climate produces some unique situations including seeing snow in the mountains. This is particularly interesting in Mount Teide National Park where snow usually falls every year during the winter months, while the rest of the island’s coastline enjoys beautiful sunshine. You can literally be cooling off in the warm ocean while looking up at El Teide, which is often covered in snow… a fantastic sight!