Tenerife South : Live Weather Reports
Live weather in Tenerife South
The latest and today's weather in Tenerife South , Canary Islands updated regularly
|Temp feels like:||17°C (63°F)|
|Pressure:||30.12" (1020 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
Latest Tenerife South Holiday Reviews
October weather 2013
Glorious weather for the whole 2 weeks (17th- 1st nov) Returning this year for the same 2 weeks. Puts the winter in ni...
holday in tenerife.
We had fabulous weather in both February and October. ...
my holiday in tenerife south
We went in late november and it was absoulty gorgeous. I was up at 7 each day and not once did I need a cardigan. I got ...
My Fantastic Holiday
It was very hot. Recommend wearing a hat or sunglasses and using a lot of sun tan lotion...
holiday in tenerife south
One cloudy day and the odd hour of cloud in the early morning only. very good otherwise and pleasant in the evening....
value for money
Weather brill just a bit chilly at night, but ok- a lot better than we have in the UK...
Historic Temperatures for 17th January in Tenerife South
|Average High||22°C (72°F)|
|Record High||36°C (97°F) (2012)|
|Average Low||16°C (61°F)|
|Record Low||15°C (59°F) (2004)|
Weather Overview for Tenerife South
Tenerife is the most popular of the seven Canary Islands, located off the western coast of northern Africa. This holiday island enjoys spring-like weather all-year-round, with very little difference in terms of temperature, sunshine hours and precipitation quantity between the island’s summer and winter seasons. Due to the lack of distinct differences between the seasons, most people agree that the island really only has two seasons (summer and winter) instead of the usual four. This year-round pleasant weather makes Tenerife a top holiday destination at any time of year.
Although the weather doesn’t vary between the seasons, it does between the north and the south of the island. Generally speaking, the south of Tenerife enjoys warmer temperatures, more sunshine and less rainfall than the north of the island, which is why most holidaymakers choose to stay in the south. Despite this, Tenerife is well known for having a plethora of microclimates, so the weather could still differ according to what part of the south you’re staying in.
Spring is only really a transitory state in Tenerife, turning winter into summer. Average temperatures are 20⁰C, climbing slightly from the cooler winter before growing more intense in the summer. Rainfall is moving in the opposite direction, dropping from 15mm over two days in March, to 7mm over only one day in April. This is a good sign that the warm, dry summer is on its way. Sea temperatures, as always, are slower to shift towards their yearly highs than the temperatures on land. March still sees waters at their coolest, but as this is only 19⁰C it can’t really be complained about!
Many people are surprised to discover how much cooler the average sea temperature for the Canary Islands is compared to the Mediterranean. That’s because unlike Spain, Cyprus, Crete, Corfu, Malta and the Balearics which are surrounded by the warm Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, which is significantly cooler.
If you visit Tenerife South in summer, you’re very unlikely to see any rainfall. June and July have an average monthly precipitation of 0mm – testament to how little rainfall the south of the island experiences during this time of year! May and August experience a meagre monthly average of 1mm, whilst September receives a monthly average of 4mm.
Average temperatures rarely exceed 25⁰C and average high temperatures rise to 28⁰C, making September the hottest month of the year in Tenerife South. During the daytime, you’ll need to apply lots of sun cream and wear light beach clothing to keep cool. Temperatures drop a fair bit at night, to 21⁰C in August, but you can still wear shorts and t-shirts without feeling cold at all.
August, September and October see the highest average sea temperatures, at 23⁰C, meaning that beach time is an absolute must. Whilst the sea is always warm enough for swimming whenever you visit South Tenerife you’ll need to take a dip to cool off in summer.
July is the sunniest month of the year when the south of the island boasts an average of ten daily hours of sunshine.
Autumn in Tenerife South is really only the time when summer turns into winter. This can be seen by the dropping of temperatures, falling from 24⁰C in October to 22⁰C in November, and a sudden leap in rainfall. Tenerife summers are famed for their minimal rainfall, but as winter draws near the precipitation rises. On average 12mm falls over two days in October, whilst 26mm falls over two days in November. Whilst these amounts are still rather low, they are a massive increase compared to June and July’s 0mm.
The highest monthly rainfall Tenerife South has ever experienced is 212.8mm, which was recorded at Tenerife South Airport on November 1983. The highest amount of rainfall to ever fall on one day occurred on the 19th of this month, when 136mm fell within a single 24-hour period.
November starts the period with the least amount of sunshine in South Tenerife. An average of six hours of daily sunshine will now run through until February when it will begin to rise again.
The wettest month of the year is December, which is subject to an average of 30mm precipitation spread out over four rainy days. Drizzle is the most common type of precipitation to affect the island, which occurs on 35% of days with rainfall. This is followed by moderate rain (28%) and light rain (24%).
The most amount of wet days in a single month in South Tenerife was experienced in December 2001 when 14 wet days occurred, whilst December 2002 saw three stormy days – that’s the highest number of storm days a month has ever experienced.
January and February are the coldest months of the year, when the average temperature is 19⁰C and the average low temperature drops to 15⁰C. Even though these months are cold for the locals, most tourists from Europe will find the temperatures pleasantly mild. You won’t need more than a thin jumper or cardigan and a pair of trousers or long skirt to keep you warm of an evening. Many of the hotels heat their swimming pools during these months and with 6-7 hours of daily sunshine, you’ll still get plenty of sunbathing time in.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife South is 9⁰C which was registered at Tenerife South Airport on 16th January 1988. The lowest minimum average temperature is 12.9⁰C, which was registered across February 2009.
The only time temperatures change significantly in Tenerife South is when there’s a calima – an unusual weather phenomenon which can occur at any time of year. Whilst the trade winds usually blow over Tenerife South in a north easterly direction, a calima occurs when the winds blow in directly from the east. When the winds come in from this direction, they travel over the Sahara Desert in the north of Africa first, bringing with them extremely high temperatures and concentrated dust and sand particles in the air which result in very limited visibility. When the region is affected by a calima, average highs can increase up to 10⁰C hotter than normal.
It’s very difficult to predict when a calima will occur – the island usually gets a day or two notice at the most. Moreover, it’s almost impossible to tell how long they will last. Mild calimas can stay for just one or two days, whereas intense ones can last for up to a fortnight. There is no way to completely avoid a calima. If you’re struggling with the heat and dust, you can choose to stay inside your air-conditioned accommodation or hit one of the beaches on the south eastern coast of the island. This part of Tenerife is almost always affected by strong winds, which help keep the air as cool as possible and make the high temperatures a bit more bearable. The inland mountainous parts of the island are often cooler than the coast, so you can also consider hiring a car and driving up in the hills to avoid the heat.
Even though Tenerife is subject to storms each winter, the island is still very unprepared for it. When a lot of rain falls within a short period, as is customary in the winter months, the drains across the island quickly get blocked up, which results in flash flooding and the closure of roads. Sometimes, rainfall can get so intense that beaches get buried under huge puddles of water or large portions of sand get washed away. Fortunately, storms like this usually only last for a few hours and are quickly replaced by bright sunshine shortly after.