The climate in Tenerife is generally pretty good all year round. Here you will experience warm summers and mild winters. Tenerife, like all the Canary Islands enjoys a subtropical climate. Even when there is heavy rain, the temperature remains mild.
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Yearly Climate Averages in Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands for land mass and population. It also attracts more visitors than any other island each year. It’s estimated that over 5 million tourists jet off to this beautiful volcanic island every year. The main reason for the high level of tourism is the excellent climate in Tenerife. This island is also one of the warmest places to visit during winter and spring as the temperatures further north are freezing.
The temperature during the colder winter months falls to 17 Celsius but not much lower. There are a few exceptions where the altitude will make temperatures much cooler. The Anaga Mountains in the northeast of the island and Teide Volcano in the centre.
Our weather graph below shows the expected monthly temperatures in Tenerife. At the bottom you can see how many hours of sun each month has.
Autumn Climate in Tenerife
September is the end of summer but the hot temperatures will be around for a while yet. The temperature begins to drop but with plenty of days still topping 30 Celsius. The average daily temperature is now 28 Celsius.
Tenerife South Airport has recorded a temperature high of 41.8 Celsius. September sees an increase in rainfall but this is unlikely to be more than 3 or 4 days. The sea temperature rises to a year high level of 24 Celsius during this month.
October is when the temperature begins to cool and there will be more days of rain during this month. The average temperature will drop to around 25 Celsius. You can expect to see around 6 days of rainfall. A temperature high of 38.1 Celsius has been recorded in October so expect plenty of hot days.
November sees a significant increase in rainfall as the temperature begins to plummet. The temperature will not drop much below 20 Celsius but the rainfall tends to be double that of October. The record high for November is 34 Celsius. It’s unlikely you will experience many days above 25 Celsius though.
The image below highlights the average Sea temperature in Tenerife in each calendar month. You can check this resource for current and yearly sea temperatures.
December experiences the most rainfall in comparison to other months as the temperatures continues to drop. The outside temperature average during the day will still be quite warm at around 18 Celsius. You can expect some 8 days of rainfall during this month. The precipitation levels are much higher in December so expect to see plenty of rain when it arrives. The hours of sunshine will reduce further to 6 hours and the sea temperature also sees a drop to 21 Celsius.
February is almost identical to January in many respects. The temperature will be around the same and so will the expected rainfall. February has an average daily temperature of 17.5 Celsius. You can expect some 6 rainy days throughout this month. The sea level now drops to 19 Celsius. The hours of sunshine increases to 8 hours per day as winter nears it’s conclusion.
January is a touch cooler than December and the coldest month in Tenerife. This month is very popular for tourism but there is still quite a bit of rainfall around. The average temperature most days will be around 17 Celsius. The evenings will seem much colder. You can expect 6 hours of sunshine per day in January and a sea temperature of 20 Celsius.
Climate In Spring
March sees the temperature begin to rise again as the spring season approaches. The daily average temperature will now increase to 19 Celsius. There will also be less rainfall around. The month of March has recorded a temperature high of 35.2 Celsius in recent years.
April enjoys another increase in the outdoor temperature in comparison to March. There will also be a decrease in rainfall and rainy days. The temperature is now creeping up to around 21 Celsius but you can expect plenty to be as high as 25 Celsius.
The climate during April has seen a temperature high of 35.2 Celsius in Santa Cruz. The hours of sunshine in April will remain at 8 but the sea temperature will rise to 20 Celsius. The evenings will also be warming up now in preparation for the hotter months.
May sees the temperature climbing again after a warmish April. Spring is now reaching it’s conclusion. The average temperature for May is around 24 Celsius but there will be plenty days that top 30 Celsius. The highest recorded temperature for May is 36.4 Celsius back in 2012.
Climate in June, July & August
The average daily temperature is around 26.6 Celsius. Like May, there will be many days that exceed 30 Celsius. The top temperature recorded in June is 37.1 Celsius in Santa Cruz. There is hardly any rainfall throughout June. You will probably not see more than 1 day unless you are unfortunate.
July tends to be as warm as August for long spells of the month with little to no rainfall. The average temperature will now be around 29 Celsius most days, many more will be around 35 Celsius. July has recorded a temperature high of a sweltering 42.9 Celsius. This month can seem uncomfortable if you are not used to the high temperature. It’s advisable to make sure you have some sort of air-conditioning to make sleeping easier. The sea temperature will remain around 22 Celsius and there will be around 10 hours of sunshine.
August is almost a mirror of July apart from more days exceeding 35 Celsius. The average daily temperature is now around 30 Celsius. Like July, there is precious little rainfall around so you will be lucky to see even 1 day of rain. The sea temperature will now be approaching a warm 23 Celsius. There may be slightly more hours of sunshine than July. It’s still a good idea to make sure you have access to some fans or air-conditioning.