13 DecLocal Time: 19:00 WET UK Time: 19:00 GMT
- Sunrise 07:48
- Sunset 18:12
- Moonrise 15:35
- Moonset 04:13
|Temp feels like:||22°c (71.6°f)|
|Length of Day:||10h 23m|
|Dew Point:||3 °c (37°f)|
|Pressure:||30.24 " (1024 hpa)|
Average for December: 19°c (66°f)
Weather Overview for Playa de las Americas
Playa de las Americas is one of Tenerife’s most popular resorts. The Canary Islands are known for their pleasant Mediterranean climate, that tends to provide warm and sunny weather throughout the year and Tenerife itself is known as the ‘isle of eternal spring.’ Playa de las Americas is located in South Tenerife, which generally enjoys a more moderate climate and pleasant weather throughout the year, than the north of the island.
With its hot summers and mild winters, Playa de las Americas is a year-round holiday resort. There is very little variation in the weather throughout the year, with the main distinction between the seasons measured by the amount of rainfall seen, rather than a dramatic change in either temperature or sunshine seen.
Spring time in the Mediterranean is usually characterised by warm and sunny weather, with temperatures spanning on average from 22°C (in March) through to 24°C towards the end of the season, in May. The average sea temperature stays consistently warm throughout the year, with March seeing the coolest temperatures at 19°C, but this shouldn’t prevent anyone from taking a dip in the spring.
The spring does see an increase in wet weather as opposed to summer, with 10-11 days of wet weather expected throughout March, April and May, with the rainfall averaging from 55 mm in March, dropping to 11 in May. The hours of sunshine seen during this season stay consistent throughout the year, averaging 11 hours a day.
Sping weather in the Mediterranean can be temperamental though, with both unexpected peaks and drops in temperature bringing about unseasonably hot and summer-like weather and days of wintery cold, so it is best to come prepared with a jacket and layers packed. Although the amount of wet weather expected isn’t a huge amount (certainly less than is expected in Britain) and shouldn’t be enough to put a damper on your time in Playa de las Americas, there can again be surges in the amount of rain seen, so you may well have your time on the beach curtailed.
Spring is an ideal time of the year to travel to Playa de las Americas if you want to enjoy the pleasant temperatures without facing the heat of the summer, when the sudden spike in temperatures can lead to heat that some may find uncomfortable. It is also the best time to travel if you want to enjoy the resort out of peak season, when it is likely to be quieter and less tourist filled, without the 18-30 crowd that come for the rowdy nightlife in the summer months.
Summer in the Mediterranean invariably means hot and sunny weather, with the temperatures suddenly rising and the wet weather drying out to almost nonexistent amounts. The season begins in June, when the average temperatures can rise as high as 24°C, peaking at 27°C in August and September. July is the driest month, with only a millimetre of rain expected for the whole month, so it’s safe to leave the waterproofs at home. Weather during these months is effectively guaranteed to be hot and dry, with an increase in the hours of sunshine seen rising to 12 a day, peaking for the year in June, July and August. The summer months are the busiest time of the year in Playa de las Americas, when tourists flock to Tenerife to take advantage of the white beaches and the famous nightlife, which annually attracts the 18-30 crowd. If you find the heat too intense at this time of the year, with little respite provided by any rainfall, then you may well find that you prefer to travel at another time of the year.
There’s not much in the way of an autumn in Playa de las Americas, as the temperatures stay consistently high in October and November, dropping only slightly after the summer peaks of 27 degrees to 26 degrees in October and 22 in November.
The main difference in the weather during this time of the year is the increase in rainfall seen, with up to 69 mm over 12 days expected in November. As with the spring, the climate at this time of the year can be temperamental, with unseasonably warm or cool days and sudden increases of rain. Many of the major clubs are shutting down for the season in October though, so this is an ideal time of the year to travel if you want to catch the last of the summer heat without the tourist crowds.
Mediterranean winters are typically very mild and Tenerife’s is no exception. Temperatures remain consistently warm at around 19-22 degrees throughout the season, with the lowest amount of sunshine for the year averaging at seven hours per day in December. Rainfall increases at this time of the year, with as much as 75 mm over 11 days predicted on average in December. For the most part though, though this is the coolest time of the year in the resort, it is still much warmer and drier than the typical British winter time, so Playa de las Americas is still a viable option for a holiday in the winter months.
Despite being known for their warm and pleasant climates, the Canary Islands are subject to certain weather hazards that it is important to be aware of before you book your holiday so you may avoid them.
Because of Playa de las Americas position off the coast of Africa, the island can be affected by certain weather conditions, most notably dust storms. These are caused by winds blowing across the Sahara and usually are a problem in Playa de las Americas in the later winter, early spring time (between February and March). Though these storms are not usually too severe, they can cover large areas and usually last for around two to four days. If you are in Playa de las Americas when a dust storm hits, you’ll most likely want to seek shelter inside as they can irritate the eyes, asthma and other respiratory problems and reduce visibility to as little as 200 metres or less.
Winds blowing across the Sahara can also cause spikes in the temperature in the summer, usually around August. These winds can cause dusty plumes of air to infiltrate the area and cause the weather to feel much hotter during this time. The peaks are sudden and abrupt and the weather will cool down once again when the wind changes, but make sure your accommodation has air conditioning to keep you comfortable if you’re on the island at this time of the year.
Air pollution can be an issue for the Canary Islands in the winter when there is less wind.
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