Lanzarote: May Weather AveragesDaily averages for May
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Daily averages for May
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Averages for Lanzarote in May
As the spring season progresses, the temperatures continue to rise in May in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 21°C – that’s 2°C warmer than in April – created by average highs of 25°C in the middle of the day and 17°C after dark.
Across the month, daily average temperatures increase in Lanzarote as the spring season merges into summer. Daily averages begin at 20°C at the start of the month and jump up to 21°C in the first week. During the rest of the month, average temperatures fluctuate between 21°C and 22°C, before ending at 22°C on May 31st. This makes the final week of May the warmest time to visit Lanzarote.
The highest temperature ever registered in Lanzarote in May is 36.6°C, which was recorded on May 24th in 1986 at Lanzarote Airport. The lowest temperature ever recorded at this location in May is 11.5°C, which was registered on May 6th in 1989.
On May 12th 2012, the island was put on yellow alert for high temperatures caused by a calima. This alert was increased to an orange alert the next day and stayed in place up until the end of May 16th. During this time, the strong calima saw temperatures peak at 38°C and visibility seriously drop due to the quantity of dust and sand in the air.
May is a great time to visit Lanzarote, when the days are warm and sunny and the nights are mild and pleasant. T-shirts, shorts, beachwear, suntan lotion and sunglasses are all you’ll need during the daytime and you’ll probably get away with a thin jumper or cardigan on an evening, just in case. But if you love the heat and want to visit Lanzarote when it’s hottest, forget about going in May and plan your holiday for August instead, when temperatures are usually at their highest.
During May, the chance of precipitation significantly drops as the month develops, starting off at 11% on May 1st and falling down to 6% by May 31st. Throughout the month, the island normally receives an average of 2mm of rainfall which falls on a single day. The most usual forms of precipitation which occur in Lanzarote in May are drizzle (which occurs on 64% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (18%) and light rain (15%).
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Lanzarote in May is 13.5mm, which was registered at Lanzarote Airport during May 1976. May 22nd 2007 was declared the wettest May day ever in Lanzarote, when 5.5mm fell within a single 24-hour period – this is testament to how little rainfall the island receives at this time of year. Moreover, the maximum number of rainy days ever recorded in any May day in Lanzarote is nine, which was registered in May 1976.
On May 16th 2013, locals in Lanzarote woke up to a weather warning stating there was a 45% chance of rain for that morning. The weather forecast turned out to be correct, when rainfall fell across the island throughout the day, coinciding with the island’s annual Ironman event, and saw spectators get soaked.
Throughout May, Lanzarote boasts an average of ten hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which gradually decreases as the month develops. Cloud coverage starts off at 43% on May 1st and drops down to 39% by May 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 34% of the time, partly cloudy 21% and mostly cloudy/overcast 14%.
Because of Lanzarote’s year-round warm temperatures, the average sea temperature for the waters which surround the island is a pleasant 19°C in May – that’s the same as last month. Although 19°C is 2°C-3°C cooler than the sea water temperatures of October and November, the sea in May is still definitely warm enough to go swimming in.
The relative humidity for Lanzarote in May averages at around 66%, varying from 52% (mildly humid) to 88% (very humid) across the month, rarely falling below 39% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually driest around May 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 59% (mildly humid) three days out of four. On the other hand, the air tends to be at its most humid around May 31st, when it rises above 81% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average May, wind speeds vary between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 7 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around May 27th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). Whereas the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around May 6th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s. The strongest wind ever registered in Lanzarote in May is 23.6 m/s, which was recorded at Lanzarote Airport on May 15th 2003.
Fierce sand storms blown over from the west coast of Africa (known locally as siroccos and calimas) are common weather conditions throughout the year in Lanzarote, even more so during the warmer months, such as May. Whilst they don’t pose any real sort of danger, they do bring with them extremely high temperatures – up to 20°C higher than normal – incredibly low visibility and a general discomfort for everyone.
Playa Blanca beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Jonny
Where to stay
Las Costas Hotel is a four-star hotel located directly on the Los Pocillos beach in Puerto del Carmen. Situated in a quiet area, yet still within walking distance of international bars, restaurants and shops, this hotel features 187 units: standard rooms with garden views, standard rooms with sea views and standard adapted rooms with garden views. Family rooms and junior suites are also available to book if you call the hotel directly. Each room features a balcony or terrace, satellite TV, air conditioning and free internet access. The hotel has direct access to the beach, one adults’ swimming pool, one children’s pool, Jacuzzi, hair dressing salon, gym, sauna, children’s play area and free WiFi zone. Daytime and evening entertainment for adults and children is also organised. Onsite dining options include one restaurant which serves Canarian and international cuisine. You can pay for diving courses at the Los Pocillos beach and there’s a golf course within a 3km drive.
The four-star Hotel Lanzarote Village is another option when it comes to beachfront accommodation in Lanzarote. Also located in Puerto del Carmen just steps away from Los Pocillos beach, this modern hotel is located opposite a large shopping centre full of local and international restaurants, bars and shops. Within the hotel you’ll find 198 double rooms, 11 junior suites, two family rooms and four adapted rooms for wheelchair users. Most rooms have sea views and all have small fridges, air conditioning, satellite TV, free tea/coffee making facilities and paid WiFi access. Onsite dining options include one buffet restaurant which serves Canarian and international cuisine and pool bar which serves snacks and drinks. Other services and facilities include swimming pools, Jacuzzi, mini gym, tennis court, children’s play park, free car park, free WiFi access and daytime and evening entertainment. Guests can also pay for massages at the nearby Las Costas hotel.
Plaza Palmeras is also situated in Puerto del Carmen, just 200m away from the beach. This holiday complex is comprised of 115 bungalow-like one-bedroom apartments, some of which comes with swimming pool views. Each white-washed apartment features the essentials, including a full bathroom with bath, living room with sofa and TV, kitchen with tea/coffee making facilities, bedroom with two double beds and balcony or terrace. Within the complex you’ll find two swimming pools surrounded by sun loungers and pool bar which hosts live entertainment and weekly barbecues. Although onsite services and facilities are limited, the seafront Avenida de Las Playas is only a short walk away, along which you’ll find many supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars.
If you want to be close to the airport, consider staying at Costa Sal. This hotel is located just 6km from Lanzarote Airport, 200m away from the nearest commercial centre packed with bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shops, 200m away from the closest white sandy beach and 50m away from the bus stop which offers an hourly service to Arrecife, Playa Honda and Costa Teguise. Costa Sal is set amongst 13 acres of landscaped gardens and provides accommodation in the shape of studios, one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, bungalows, villas and villa suites. Onsite dining options include Coopers Bar which serves local beer, wine, cocktails, breakfast and lunch, plus Zest Restaurant which serves Canarian cuisine, daily specials, weekly barbecues on Tuesday nights and themed evenings throughout the week. Onsite services and facilities include two adult swimming pools, two children’s swimming pools, supermarket, tennis courts, padel courts, sauna, massages, playground and paid WiFi access.
The four-star Nautilus Lanzarote is an award-winning complex in Puerto del Carmen, comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Each modern apartment features a living/dining room with sofa bed, HDTV with USB plug, bedroom/s with ceiling fan/s, complete kitchen with hob, oven, fridge, toaster, tea/coffee maker and microwave, bathroom with eco-friendly soap, private terrace with furniture and free WiFi access. Onsite services and amenities include two heated swimming pools with hydraulic chair lift for disabled guests, supermarket open every day, children’s playground, minigolf, free WiFi access, library and free parking. There is one onsite restaurant where breakfast is served, but you’ll find loads more restaurants, cafes and bars in the shopping centre 100 metres away from the hotel. Nautilus Lanzarote is best known for its artwork which you’ll find throughout the rooms, gardens and common areas of the hotel in the form of artisan crafts, paintings, mosaics and sculptures.
Beach in Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Daphne
Things to do
May is one of the best months of the year for big game fishing in Lanzarote. At this time of year, the sea is teeming with lemon fish, wahoo and yellow fin tuna which are attracted to the waters around the island due to the increase in sea water temperature which occurs during this month. Lanzarote Fishing Charter offers a half day, full day and per hour fishing excursions from Puerto Calero which include speed trolling and bottom fishing using live and natural bait. Lanzarote has a very close drop off point, so the boat doesn’t need to travel far before you’ll be in close vicinity to a wealth of fishing opportunities. On the trip, you’re free to choose your favourite fishing technique – they have the bait and equipment for almost all types of fishing – and you can relax knowing that there are several fishing experts onboard if you need a hand with anything.
Located in the centre of Puerto del Carmen, Gran Casino de Lanzarote is a great place to go if the May sunshine gets too much for you. The summer and winter months are the busiest times of the year for Lanzarote casinos, making May the perfect time to go in order to avoid lengthy queues and waiting. At Gran Casino de Lanzarote you’ll find: 39 slot machines – some of which are exclusive to Lanzarote, video roulette, black jack, American roulette and three-card poker. Chips start from only €00.01, making the casino open to all budgets. In addition to the games, Gran Casino de Lanzarote also features one bar, one snack bar and one restaurant.
Roulette Table at Gran Casino de Lanzarote in Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Thomas
Hit the beach
If you want to try your hand at surfing, head for the remote Playa del Janubio. Whilst this dark, volcanic beach is best known for its incredible surfing opportunities for most of the year, the sea is almost completely calm in summer, making May your last chance to ride the waves. This exposed beach features a reef break with reliable surf which comes from groundswells from the west. The best winds come from east northeast and the beach break provides both left and right handers. Because great surfs are available at all stages of the tide, you’ll always be able to catch the waves – whatever time of day you visit. Make sure you keep an eye out for the rocks in the line up when surfing in order to avoid injury. Due to the intense winds and lack of facilities, this beach is best left to the surfers, not the sunbathers.
Although the waves tend to calm down around Playa del Janubio in May, the waves and swells around the rest of the island are just beginning to become strong and consistent and the wind conditions are at their peak during this month. This makes May the perfect time to get to grips with wind-based water sports. Surf School Lanzarote is known as “Europe’s finest surf school” and offers beginner surf courses which cover types of rips, wave info, surfing history, surfboard design, surfing rules, how tides work, surfing fitness, types of surf spots, surf prediction, catching waves, paddling techniques and places to surf. Classes are held in small groups of 1-8 people, with soft boards for total beginners and fibreglass boards for more intermediate levels. Everyone learns their first techniques on the sand before heading into the sea a few days later.
As well as regular surfing, May is also a great month to have a go at windsurfing, thanks to the strong wind and wave conditions. Windsurf Paradise is a popular sports club based at Las Cucharas in the north east of the island – one of the best beaches for wind-based water sports. This beach features a sheltered bay for beginners and plenty of open, un-protected space for more advanced wind surfers. Beginner, intermediate, advanced and private courses are available – each of which is 90-minutes long. But if you know your stuff and don’t need any help, you can also rent boards with wavesails, freemove sails and freeride sails, wetsuits and harnesses from the centre.
Las Cucharas Beach in Lanzarote, Playa Blanca taken by Kevin
May events in Lanzarote
1st May 2015
May 1st marks Labour Day in Lanzarote – a public holiday which almost everyone takes off from work. Whilst there aren’t any real festivals or events to enjoy, keep in mind that almost every supermarket, shop and bank will be closed on this day and often the following day, too.
Canarian Day (Dia de Canarias)
30th May 2015
May 30th marks Canarian Day – a public holiday celebrated throughout the Canaries to honour the day the archipelago gained autonomy from Spain in 1983. Loads of events and activities are held throughout Lanzarote on this day, with children and adults alike dressed in traditional Canarian outfits, plenty of hand-made local food and drink to sample, folklore music concerts and dancing. Most hotels also put on a special event to celebrate the day, usually a themed dinner buffet and traditional Canarian entertainment.
2nd May 2015
In 2015 the Volcano Triathlon will take place on the 2nd of May. Club La Santa hosts the event every year, which includes a 1.5k long swim, 40k bike course and a final 10k run. The route passes some of Lanzarote's most beautiful natural attractions, running through Teguise and returning to the Stadium at Club La Santa.
16th May 2015
IronKids Lanzarote is a fun sporting event for young people from the age of eight up to 16 years. This is an excellent duathlon which consists of a run, swim then another run. The distance will depend on which category each child is in. The event takes place just one day before the adults IronMan competition.
17th May 2015
On May 17th, the IronMan competition takes place in Lanzarote. Known as one of the toughest events of the competition, the Lanzarote leg of the event includes swimming in Puerto del Carmen, running, climbing and biking all over the island.
Dia de la Cruz
3rd May 2015
This religious festival is celebrated in various towns and villages throughout the island which decorate the streets and plazas in brightly coloured flowers and other handmade decorations. Locals and businesses work hard to create huge crosses covered with fresh flowers which are usually displayed outside houses and establishments on this day. Whilst loads of towns and villages celebrate Dia de La Cruz, some of the best crosses are often displayed in Teguise.