Tenerife Weather January 2021: Is This The Coldest Month To Visit?

The weather in Tenerife in January is generally good although this is the coldest month of the year here. January sees a small decrease from the temperatures in December as this island hits many of the year lows. Visitors looking for some winter sun can expect an average temperature of 17 Celsius.

The temperature tends to be warmer on the southern and southwestern coasts. Resorts such as Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas especially. Mount Teide acts as a shield to block the colder northern winds.

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Tiempo en Tenerife en Enero

Tenerife Weather in January, What To Expect

The temperature in Tenerife in January can reach 21 Celsius. The daily low here is a mild 14 Celsius. A hot breeze coming from the Sahara to the east helps to keep the temperature warm. This same breeze tends to contain sand which can lower visibility across the island.

The weather in January will yield it’s warmest temperatures during mid-month. For several days at least, the temperature will peak at 20 Celsius which is the monthly high. The beginning and end of the month will average between 17 – 18 Celsius. A record high for January of 28.4 Celsius was registered at Tenerife south airport in 1984.

How Much Does It Rain in January?

January usually sees around 3 – 4 days of rainfall during the month. The precipitation tends to be much less than November, December, February and popular month March when things are getting much busier here. January is actually the driest of the colder months. December sees around double the rainfall as the temperature cools. When the rain arrives, it’s unlikely to be much more than a shower or drizzle. The northern and northwestern parts of the island tend to see more rainfall than the southern areas.

Sea Temperature

The Sea temperature during January is now 20 Celsius. This is a touch colder than December but still warm enough for a swim. It’s not unusual to see the beaches buzzing with activity in January. Both the following month February and then March see a further drop to the yearly sea temperature low. This is especially true for the northern Europeans who live in colder climates. This is a great resource that talks more about the monthly sea temperature in Tenerife.

Beaches in Tenerife

Which Is The Warmest Part of Tenerife During January?

It’s a well known fact that Tenerife south is the warmest part of the island. The resorts that lie to the south and along the southwest coast tend to get the warmer weather. In the northern areas there is usually more rainfall and a colder breeze from the Atlantic. The southern resorts have Teide blocking the path of these cold winds. This helps to maintain a warm micro-climate all year. Costa Adeje is among the warmest places here even in winter.

Resort Temperatures in Tenerife in January

 Costa AdejePlaya de las AméricasLos Cristianos
Average Temperature18°C17°C17°C
High21°C20°C20°C
Low16°C15°C15°C
Sea Temp20°C20°C20°C

Other Places in January

Tenerife Weather in January Facts

Below are some facts about the weather in Tenerife in January. Here you can find the daily high and low temperatures, hours of sun and days of rain.

  • The average daily temperature is 17 Celsius which is a touch cooler earlier in the month
  • The temperature of the Sea will be 20 Celsius which is still warm enough for a swim
  • This month yields 6 hours of sunshine, the same amount as December which is the year low
  • You can expect to see at least  3 – 4 days rainfall during January
  • The daily high temperature is a warm 20 Celsius
  • A low of 14 Celsius will probably be as cool as it gets
  • Southern and southwest Tenerife are a touch warmer thanks to the protection from Mount Teide
  • January is the coldest month in Tenerife on average


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Hours of Sunshine

Hours of daylight and sunshine tend to be quite low during this month. The days will remain light for 11 hours with 6 hours of expected sunshine each day. January shares the lowest hours of sunshine with December. Every other month see between 7 – 10 hours of sunshine. Plenty of the days will be overcast during January but still nice and warm.