Weather Averages for Lanzarote in May
Averages for Lanzarote in May
In May, the average temperature in Lanzarote, Canary Islands rises from 19.5°C at the start of the month up to 21.5°C during the last few days. Daily highs increase from23°C to 25°C and daily lows increase from 16°C to 18°C as the month develops.
Recently, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded for Lanzarote in May is 36.6°C which was recorded on May 22nd in 2007. On the other hand, the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island during this month is 11.5°C which was recorded on May 6th in 1989.
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.
The average sea temperature for Lanzarote in May is around 19°C. Most people find this temperature perfectly comfortable to enjoy a dip in the sea, which is why you’ll see so many sunbathers and swimmers on the beaches across the island during May.
Across the month, Lanzarote receives an average of 0mm of rainfall! Precipitation is very uncommon between May and August in the Canary Islands, but if you are unfortunate enough to experience some of it, it will most likely be drizzle, moderate rain or light rain.
The rainstorm which produced the highest amount of precipitation ever to hit Lanzarote in May took place on May 22nd in 2007 and only resulted in 5.5l/m2 of rainfall. The May which saw more rainfall than any other since records began was May 1976, which had an overall rainfall count of 13.5l/m2. Whilst dry Mays are incredible common in Lanzarote, the driest May on record so far is May 2012, when the island didn’t receive any precipitation at all.
The longest rainstorm which ever affected Lanzarote in May took place in 1976, when the island was affected by rainfall on only one day – testament to how uncommon precipitation is during this month. May 1976 was the wettest May in Lanzarote since records began, when the island received rainfall on nine days across the month.
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.
Las Conchas Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Dates for the diary
- 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.
- On May 3rd, the island celebrates Dia de La Cruz. 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.
- On May 17th in 2014, 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. If you’re not up to the challenge yourself, you can always take it easy and watch the racers compete from the sidelines.
- 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.
Convento de San Francisco in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things to do
- Make the most of the warm temperatures and sunshine by spending a day at the beach during your holiday in Lanzarote. The waves at Playa del Janubio are very calm during May, making it a great month for families and couples to hit the beach. Here you’ll find dark, volcanic sands peppered with a few rocks – so make sure you take a good pair of sandals. Whilst the waves are usually very rough throughout the month, they’re almost non-existent in May, making it a great time to enjoy a swim. There aren’t any sun beds, shades or other facilities here, so you’ll have to take your own stuff with you.
- If you’d like to learn how to surf whilst on holiday in Lanzarote, May is a great month to do so. During this month, the waves and swells are just starting to get strong and consistent, making it easier to learn the water sport. Surf School Lanzarote is known as “Europe’s finest surf school” and offers all sorts of beginner surf courses. Classes are held in small groups and training includes: 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.
- 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. Lanzarote Fishing Charter offers a number of hourly, half-day and full-day fishing excursions which leave the port daily. On the trip, you’re free to choose your favourite fishing technique and you can relax knowing that there are several fishing experts onboard if you need a hand with anything.
- Gran Casino de Lanzarote is a great place to visit in May. The summer and winter months are the most popular for casinos in Lanzarote, making this time of year the perfect time to go in order to avoid lengthy queues and waiting. At Gran Casino de Lanzarote you’ll find: slot machines, video roulette, black jack, roulette and three-card poker. Chips start at only €1, making the casino open to all kinds of gamblers.
- The windsurfing season begins in April in Lanzarote and gets even better in May as the winds get stronger and more consistent. If you’d like to have a go at the water sport, sign up for a course with Windsurf Paradise. This popular sports club offers all sorts of courses for beginners and experienced wind surfers alike. If you don’t want to sign up for a complete course, you’ll be pleased to hear that Windsurf Paradise also rents out equipment for a reasonable price.
Mirador del Rio in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Where to stay
- Las Costas Hotel is located directly on the beach in Puerto del Carmen. Here guests can choose from standard, view and adapted rooms, each of which features: balcony or terrace, telephone, radio, satellite TV, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer. Onsite services and facilities include: luggage storage, parking, breakfast buffet, table tennis, pool table, restaurant, garden, children’s play area, darts, swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, 24-hour reception, laundrette, beauty salon and babysitting.
- Plaza Palmeras is set in the centre of Puerto del Carmen – one of the most popular resorts on the island. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of one-bedroom apartments, each of which comes with balcony or terrace, TV, alarm clock, safe, kitchen with fridge and tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom. Onsite amenities and services include: outdoor swimming pool, bar, safe, restaurant, 24-hour reception, internet access, bicycle rental and currency exchange.
- The four-star Hotel Lanzarote Village is also located in the centre of Puerto del Carmen, close to loads of bars, restaurants and shops. Here guests can choose between beach-view rooms, garden-view rooms and adapted rooms, each of which features: balcony or terrace, TV, telephone, radio, safe, air conditioning, heating, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Onsite facilities and services include: tennis court, free parking, buffet breakfast, luggage storage, swimming pool, restaurant, garden, free WiFi access, bar, gym, sauna, massage service, Jacuzzi, kids’ play area and 24-hour reception.
Camel Riding in Lanzarote, Canary Islands