Lanzarote: July Weather AveragesDaily averages for July
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Daily averages for July
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Averages for Lanzarote in July
July is a very popular time to visit Lanzarote, Canary Islands, when families and couples from all across Europe visit the island for their summer holidays. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 24°C, created by average highs of 28°C during the day and 20°C after dark.
Across July, daily average temperatures gradually rise as the month progresses. Daily averages begin at 25°C during the first two days and drop down to 24°C across the next two weeks. In the third week, temperatures rise up to 24°C and then up to 25°C in the final week. This makes the final week of July the warmest time to visit Lanzarote.
The hottest temperature ever registered in Lanzarote in July is 42.9°C, which was recorded on July 25th 2004 at Lanzarote Airport. The coldest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is 15.4°C, which was recorded on July 7th 1974.
July is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Lanzarote, when high temperatures and sunshine are almost guaranteed every day. You won’t need anything more than beachwear, sun tan lotion and sunglasses during the daytime and you’ll be perfectly comfortable in shorts, skirts, dresses and sleeveless tops on an evening. It’s always a good idea to bring a thin jumper or cardigan for an evening, just in case it’s a bit breezy.
If you love the heat and want to holiday in Lanzarote when temperatures are at their highest, delay your visit for a few weeks until August – this is when the island’s is usually warmest.
During July, the probability of precipitation stays fairly constant throughout the month, starting off at 3.5% on July 1st, dropping down to 2.8% by July 18th and rising up to 3% by July 31st. At this time of year, the island is subject to an average of 0mm of rainfall! If you’re incredibly unlucky and you do see some precipitation during your holiday this month, it will most likely be drizzle (which occurs on 72% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (14%) or light rain (7%).
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Lanzarote in July is 0.3mm, which fell on a single day (July 1st 1989) at Lanzarote Airport. This is testament to how little rainfall the island experiences in summer. The maximum number of rainy days ever registered during any July in Lanzarote is two, which was recorded in 2002.
Throughout July, Lanzarote boasts an average of ten hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which steadily drops as the month progresses. Cloud coverage starts at 33% on July 1st and falls down to 29% by July 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 45% of the time, partly cloudy 13% and mostly cloudy/overcast 10%.
July 2011 was one of the worst Julys for sunshine in Lanzarote. During this month, most mornings started off cloudy, with the sunshine not breaking out until the afternoon. The strong north easterly trade winds which affect the island usually ensure clouds never hang around for long, but July 2011 was an exception.
Because of Lanzarote’s year-round warm temperatures, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island is also mild throughout the year, especially in June when it’s 21°C. Although 21°C isn’t as warm as the sea temperatures of October and November, it’s still definitely warm enough to go swimming in. Because Lanzarote experiences such windy conditions, most months see at least one coastal alert for large waves. On July 11th and 12th 2012, a yellow alert was raised for large waves and blustery conditions, with strong gusts of up to 18 m/s.
The relative humidity for Lanzarote in July averages at around 68%, ranging between 53% (mildly humid) and 89% (very humid) throughout the month, rarely falling below 41% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).The air is usually driest around July 29th, when the relative humidity falls below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around July 13th, when it rises above 82% (humid) three days out of four.
July is usually the windiest month of the year for Lanzarote, when wind speeds vary from 5 m/s (gentle breeze) to 11 m/s (strong breeze), rarely rising above 14 m/s (high wind). The highest average wind speed of 8 m/s (fresh breeze) happens around July 16th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 8 m/s occurs around July 1st, when the average daily maximum is 10 m/s. The strongest wind ever registered in Lanzarote in July is 24.7 m/s, which was recorded at Lanzarote Airport on July 21st 1974.
Sand storms blown over from the west coast of Africa (known locally as siroccos and calimas) are a common occurrence throughout the year in Lanzarote – especially during summer. Although they don’t pose any real danger, these weather conditions do bring with them low visibility and incredibly high temperatures – as much as 20°C higher than usual.
During July 2012, Lanzarote experienced several calimas throughout the month. On the 17th, the island was put on yellow alert for high temperatures up to 34°C. The next day, the island was still under yellow alert, but temperatures had increased up to 36°C. This alert stayed in place until the end of the 19th and was only taken away for one day, before it was back in place again on the 21st. Thanks to the island’s constant winds, high temperatures can often not seem as intense, making calimas here a lot more bearable than on many of the other islands.
Papagayo beach in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Santi
Where to stay
The four-star Hotel Casa del Embajador is located on the south coast of Lanzarote in Playa Blanca, overlooking the beaches of La Bocaina and Playa Blanca. This complex is made up of 13 traditional white-washed Canarian houses built in the 20th century with wooden green accents. And since it’s a privately-owned complex, it’s perfect for holidaymakers looking for a more friendly, personalised service. There are 12 double rooms and one suite, each of which boasts views over to Fuerteventura and Isla de Lobos, full bathroom with bath and shower and living room/bedroom with satellite TV. There are no facilities, such as swimming pool or restaurant, within the hotel, but there is a bus stop just 500m away which you can use to get into the centre of the resort, where you’ll find a plethora of international bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. The highlight of Hotel Casa del Embajador is its location – just 20m away from the sea and 200m away from the nearest beach.
For something more comprehensive, try Hotel Floresta. This three-star hotel is situated in Puerto del Carmen, just a stone’s throw away from Los Pocillos beach, and is full of family-friendly facilities, such as outdoor swimming pools, children’s game area, table tennis, mini golf and kids’ club. Other amenities include free WiFi access at reception, outside gym, international buffet restaurant and bar. Accommodation comes in the form of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and adapted apartments, each of which is decorated in bright primary colours and features air conditioning and satellite TV. Room only, bed and breakfast and all inclusive options are available.
Apartamentos Guacimeta Lanzarote is also located in a quiet part Puerto del Carmen, just a five-minute walk from Matagorda beach. This complex is comprised of 58 one-bedroom apartments which are spread out over two levels. Each unit was renovated in 2005 and features modern décor with American-style kitchen, living room with sofa bed and satellite TV and private bathroom with shower and paid WiFi access. Within the hotel you’ll find a mini market, swimming pool, pool bar which serves drinks, meals and snacks and restaurant which serves vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The centre of the resort is just 2km away, where you’ll find a wealth of local and international restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs, plus supermarkets and shops.
H10 Timanfaya Palace is perfect for holidaymakers in search of a bit of luxury. This four-star adults-only hotel is located on the seafront at Playa Blanca and features Spanish-Arabian décor, plus the Middle Eastern Kasbah restaurant with specialist Mike’s Coffee cafe. Other dining options include La Bocaina Restaurant with buffet food and show cooking, La Geria poolside restaurant, Tahiche Lobby Bar and Montaña Roja Disco Bar. There are loads of other onsite amenities and services, including two outdoor swimming pools, one indoor heated pool, nudist sunbathing area, outdoor Jacuzzi, chill out terrace, tennis courts, mini golf and boutique. Accommodation is provided in the form of standard and superior double rooms, privilege superior rooms and junior suites, each of which boasts modern décor with neutral greys and beiges and free WiFi access.
When it comes to family resorts in Lanzarote, Be Live Family Lanzarote Resort is a top pick. This resort is found in Costa Teguise and offers all sorts of family-friendly facilities, such as kids’ club, swimming pool, games room, playground and cinema. But the adults aren’t left out – the hotel also has a spa with sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, fresh water pools and beauty centre which offers massages, facials, treatments, manicures and pedicures. It’s also located just steps away from El Ancla beach which features golden sand and calm seas perfect for swimming. Onsite dining options include international buffet restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, pool bar which serves drinks and snacks, lobby bar which serves alcohol and soft drinks and gourmet restaurant which serves top quality cuisine. Accommodation comes in the form of standard double rooms, superior double rooms, junior suites and suites, most of which come with sea views and all of which come with full bathroom with hairdryer, living room/bedroom with satellite TV and fridge. WiFi is also available for an extra charge.
Playa Blanca beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Son of Groucho
Things to do
If the high summer temperatures get a bit too much for you, seek shade inside the Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise. With so many people on the beaches and by the pool at this time of year, July is a great month to visit if you want to have the aquarium almost to yourself. This aquarium is the largest in the Canary Islands and is home to 33 individual tanks which are filled with a total of more than one million litres of water. Most of the species at the aquarium are local to the waters around the Canary Islands, such as gilthead seabream, turtles, clown fish, blowfish and hermit crabs. The highlights of the aquarium include the underwater tunnel and central shark tank which are filled with more 500,000 litres of water and three interactive tanks, where visitors can touch several marine species, including star fish and sea cucumbers.
Get more up-close-and-personal with the local marine life by signing up for a diving trip with Big Blue Sea Diving Centre. This diving school is based in Playa Blanca and offers all sorts of diving courses and lessons, from one-off try dives for complete beginners to comprehensive PADI courses for experienced divers. Dives take place off the shore in Playa Blanca, off the shore in Costa Teguise and far out at sea from a boat, according to what type of course you’re doing and what you want to see. The owners of Big Blue Sea Diving Centre have plenty of experience helping nervous first-timers get to grips with scuba diving, making it ideal for anyone worried about safety. When you go scuba diving in Lanzarote in July, you’ll be in with the chance of spotting shoals of tuna, sardines, trumpetfish, trevailles, barracuda, nudibranchs, golden sponge snails and sandy crabs.
Hammerhead shark at Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Bryan
Hit the beach
Make the most of the summer sunshine and head for the beach during your holiday in July. If you want to avoid the summer crowds, spend a few hours at El Lago Verde. This bay is located in Yaiza and is usually very quiet, making it perfect for holidaymakers who want to avoid the summer crowds. El Lago Verde translates into English as “The Green Lake”, which is exactly what it is – a lake which is coloured green from the suspended plant organisms which live inside it. It’s situated on the edge of a half-submerged volcano and is connected to the sea by underground tunnels. Although El Lago Verde isn’t suitable for swimming, the clean sea just metres away from the lake is. However, the waves are often quite rough and there are lots of rocks to climb over before you reach the sea, so take care. The sand here is volcanic and black and there are no services or facilities – except for a large car park – so make sure you take your own shade and food with you.
The winds are at their strongest and most consistent during summer, whilst the waves are in a more reliable and calm state at this time of year, making July a great month for newbies and intermediate level surfers to surf. Clandestino Surf Adventure is based at Famara Beach, a beach with right waves, beach breaks and strong swells which are caught by the beach’s huge arc of sand. This surfing school offers lessons in surfing, stand up padel boarding, scuba diving and kite surfing for beginners, intermediate surfers and professionals, as well as yoga classes, massages, hiking excursions and WiFi access at the surf school. You can choose to sign up for a course or opt for one of the fully immersive water sport holidays which include daily classes and accommodation.
Famara beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Markus
July events in Lanzarote
San Marcial del Rubicón
7th July 2015
On July 7th, San Marcial del Rubicón is celebrated in Femés. This local fiesta is one of the most important of the year, held in honour of the patron saint of Lanzarote. On this day, Femés is decorated with bunting and Canarian flags which adorn the streets and plazas. You can expect loads of traditional activities and events during this festival, including folk music and dancing, theatrical performances, wine tastings and local food samplings.
European Freestyle Pro Tour
9th July 2015 to 12th July 2015
Between July 9th and 12th, Costa Teguise hosts the European Freestyle Pro Tour. This windsurfing competition is great fun to watch as all participants work their hardest to compete for the €5,000 prize.
Marina Rubicón Marlin Cup
19th July 2015
The Marina Rubicón Marlin Cup is a fishing tournament that takes place in September in Lanzarote. The event has been running for over 10 years and is a significant qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore World Championship.
Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz and Mas Heineken 2014
11th July 2015 to 19th July 2015
The International Jazz Festival is celebrated across all of the Canary Islands during July. The festival usually lasts for three weeks around mid-July and attracts some of the best jazz bands and solo artists in the world. The festival is set to take place in Costa Teguise this year.
Señora del Carmen
16th July 2015
Señora del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen and every year on July 16th Lanzarote celeberates the patroness with a festival of dance, music and food with glorious processions through some of the island's most iconic towns including Puerto del Carmen, La Graciosa and La Santa.
Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
16th July 2015
In the middle of July, the whole of Lanzarote celebrates the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen. This religious festival takes place throughout most coastal towns and villages with many water-based activities, including huge water-fights, marine processions and firework displays held on boats out at sea. Food and drink kiosks are often set up for the duration of the event, giving you plenty of opportunities to sample the local dishes.