The weather 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.
Weather in Tenerife, Average Temperatures & Forecast
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 and weather in Tenerife. Most of the island enjoys average temperatures of around 26 Celsius during summer.
The winter average temperature is as high as 17 Celsius and does not tend to drop 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.
Autumn Weather in Tenerife
The Weather in Tenerife in autumn is much the same as summer but with more rainfall. September in particular can still seem very hot. Especially at the beginning of the month. The temperature begins to decrease throughout September as autumn approaches.
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.
Like September, the sea temperature is still a pleasant 24 Celsius. The hours of sunshine will drop to around 7. The evening temperature will also begin to decrease towards the end of October.
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. November has recorded a high temperature of 34 Celsius. It’s unlikely you will experience many days above 25 Celsius.
The sea temperature will now drop to around 22 Celsius and the hours of sunshine will be around 7. The evening temperature will now begin to feel much cooler than previous months.
Winter Weather In Tenerife
The temperature continues to drop as we approach winter but the weather in Tenerife is still pretty good. November to March is usually when there is a lot more rainfall here. The months of December, January and February are among the coldest and wettest months in Tenerife.
December sees more rainfall than any other month as the temperature continues to drop. The average temperature 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 will drop to 21 Celsius.
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.
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 days of rainfall during 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.
Spring Weather In Tenerife
The weather in Tenerife in spring is generally perfect. The temperatures continue to rise after the colder winter months.
March sees the temperature begin to rise again as we enter the spring months in Tenerife. The daily average temperature will now increase to 19 Celsius. There will also be less rainfall around. March has recorded a temperature high of 35.2 Celsius in recent years. Most days will be in the low twenties as things warm up. March sees 8 hours of sunshine per day with a sea temperature of 19 Celsius.
April sees the temperature rising again from the previous month. 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 month of April has recorded 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. On average, May sees between 2 – 3 days of rainfall but the precipitation levels are minimal. The sea temperature for May is around 20 Celsius. There will be approximately 8 hours of sunshine each day.
Summer Weather In Tenerife
The summer weather in Tenerife is not quite as hot as some of the other islands, or other areas of the Spanish mainland for example. The temperature increases in May before cooling towards the end of September. The average temperature will frequently exceed 30 Celsius during the hotter months. One of the leading Spanish weather authorities recorded a high of 42.6 Celsius in August. The Atlantic Ocean tends to offer a cooling breeze during the hotter summer months.
June is the start of the summer season in Tenerife as the temperature increases again. This month starts off relatively hot and gradually gets hotter towards the end of the month. 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. The sea temperature will now be a warm 22 Celsius and Tenerife will be getting some 10 hours of sunshine per day.
July can seem as hot 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.
The image above is only a rough indication, this page shows the map and points of interest in Tenerife.
Monthly Temperature Averages
The image below gives an indication of the monthly temperature in Tenerife with the hours of sunshine at the bottom.
Tenerife Sea Temperature
The image below highlights the average Sea temperature in Tenerife in each calendar month.
Tenerife Weather Facts
- September is the hottest month in Tenerife with an average temperature of 25 Celsius
- January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 17 Celsius
- The wettest months are November and December with the latter seeing more rainfall than any other month
- The driest months are July and August with no recorded rainfall
- December and January have the fewest hours of sunshine with 6 hours each
- June, July and August all have 10 hours of sunshine, more than the other months
- The Sea temperature is at it’s coldest in February and March with a temperature of 19 Celsius
- August, September and October have the warmest Sea temperature. The Sea will now be a warm 23 Celsius on average