Averages for Tenerife south in January

January is a great month to visit Tenerife if the winter in the UK is getting you down. Temperatures in the south of the island reach a pleasantly warm high of 21°C (70°F) and drop no lower than 14°C (57°F) in the evenings, making resorts such as Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos very popular at this time of year.  

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Averages for Tenerife south in January

  Temperature 19°C

65°F

Low Temperature 15°C

59°F

  High Temperature 22°C

71°F

  Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 52 %
  Rainfall 17mm
  Rainfall days 2 days
  Chance of Rain 11 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 6 %
  Sea Temperature 20°C

68°F

Chance of Windy Day 46 %
Daily averages for January

Daily averages for January

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 19 18 19 19 19 19 18 19 19 19 19 18 19 19 19 19 18 18 19 18 19 18
°F 66 66 66 66 66 66 64 64 64 66 64 66 66 66 66 64 66 66 66 66 64 66 66 66 66 64 64 66 64 66 64

Averages for Tenerife south in January

January is a great month to visit Tenerife if the winter in the UK is getting you down. Temperatures in the south of the island reach a pleasantly warm high of 21°C (70°F) and drop no lower than 14°C (57°F) in the evenings, making resorts such as Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos very popular at this time of year.  

Weather lowdown

January is the coldest month of the year for Tenerife South, Canary Islands. Although it’s cold for locals, most holidaymakers from Europe will find the temperatures pleasantly warm. At this time of year, the average temperature for the region is 18.4°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the warmest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coldest part of the night. Daily averages fluctuate between 18°C and 19°C throughout the month, making it one of the warmest holiday destinations in Europe in January.

The highest temperature ever registered in Tenerife in January is 28.2°C, which was recorded on January 5th 1982 at Tenerife South Airport. On the other hand, the lowest temperature ever registered on the island during this month is 9°C, which was recorded at Tenerife South Airport on January 16th 1988. Not only was this the oldest January day for the south of the island, but it is the coldest day the south of the island has ever experienced during any month.

If you want to make the most of your holiday time and visit Tenerife South when it’s hottest, forget about going in January and plan your holiday for August or September instead, when average temperatures are around 25°C.

A calima is a common weather occurrence which can happen at any time of year in Tenerife South, including in January. Whilst the trade winds normally blow in a north easterly direction over Tenerife, a calima occurs when the winds blow in directly from the east, crossing over the Sahara Desert in northern Africa and bringing with them high temperatures and low visibility, due to a high concentration of sand and dust particles in the air. In Tenerife South, January 2015 kicked off with a calima which saw average temperatures of 20°C-22°C.

During January, Tenerife South is subject to a fair bit of rainfall, with an average of 17mm falling over the course of two wet days. The likelihood of precipitation occurring drops as the month develops, starting at 16% on January 1st and falling down to 13% by January 31st. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see in Tenerife in January are drizzle (which occurs on 31% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (29%), light rain (20%) and heavy rain (13%). When it does rain in Tenerife South, it’s usually over with very quickly and only comes in short spells, so it shouldn’t affect your holiday too much.

The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Tenerife South in January is 135.2mm, which fell in January 2006. Arona reported 95mm of rainfall and San Miguel de Abona reported 80mm. This month also had the highest number of wet days a January has ever seen in Tenerife South – ten. January 27th 2007 was declared the wettest January day ever, when 46.2mm of rainfall fell within a single 24-hour period.

Although it rains heavily 2-3 times each winter in Tenerife South, the region is sorely unprepared. Drains often get blocked up at this time of year, which causes flash flooding, often resulting in the closure of roads. Fortunately, the island’s major attractions in the South – such as Siam Park, Aqualand, Jungle Park, Monkey Park and, of course, the many beaches – rarely close for rain, so you’ll always find something to do.

Over the course of an average January, Tenerife South boasts an average of six hours of sunshine each day, along with median cloud coverage which stays roughly the same throughout the month. It begins at 40% on January 1st and steadily drops down to 37% by January 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 39% of the time, partly cloudy 19% and mostly cloudy/overcast 16%.

Thanks to Tenerife South’s year-round pleasant temperatures, the sea is always warm enough for swimming in. In January, the average sea temperature is 21°C. Although the sea in January is much cooler than it is in June or July, it’s still definitely warm enough to go swimming in.

The relative humidity for Tenerife South in January averages at around 62%, ranging between 48% (comfortable) and 79% (humid), rarely falling below 29% (dry) or rising above 90% (very humid). The air is at its driest around January 13th, when the relative humidity falls below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around January 2nd, when it rises above 73% (humid) three days out of four.

Over the course of an average January, typical wind speeds in Tenerife South range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around January 29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around January 8th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s (fresh breeze). 

Where to stay

Being winter you will be able to find a great deal on accommodation, though the options on offer are greater in the summer months. One such place to consider is the Tinerfe Garden Apartments in Adejo. Each self-contained private bungalow has its own swimming pool and caters for couples as well as larger family groups. Or you can choose from an apartment in the main complex. The main pool area has a bar with billiards and ping pong and a large solarium. The restaurant offers a complete range of services including car hire, money exchange, car hire and excursion booking.

For the avid golfer you can stay at the Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club with two golf clubs, Golf del Sur and the Amarillo, both of which are within walking distance from your room. The club is just 100 metres from the beach and has an Italian restaurant to tempt the taste buds after a day’s golf or sunning on the beach.

A terraced room at Sir Anthony Hotel offers great beach panoramas from each room with an airport transfer service. There is free secure parking, hair salon, laundry and a convenience store. For the children from 6 months to16 is the Clun Mare with qualified carers. The health and wellness centre has a spa, Jacuzzi and a range of body and facial treatments to indulge yourself. Or you could try the Cleopatra Palace with its Roman themed rooms, spas and understated luxury. Europe’s largest Hard rock Café is located here in the hotel complex along with a range of other cafes and bar. 

 Cleopatra Palace Hotel Tenerife

Cleopatra Palace Hotel Tenerife in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Things to do in January 

Being winter not all of the tourist attractions are open but there are still some great activities for the whole family . Outdoor activities such as walking and hiking with guided tours booked through Tenerife Hiking. Choose from a few hours or a few days with stops in rural accommodation. Trek through the mountains and up to Mount Teide offer you some great scenery and photo opportunities. The area has some distinct geological formations from the volcano such as lava tubes and flows.

 Teide spanish inactive volcano

Mount Teide, in inactive volcano in Tenerife, Canary Islands

There is mountain biking for the more adventurous and for the children the water park, Aqualand, at Costa Adeje is open all year round.

If you are looking for a round of golf, head over to the challenging but scenic course at Golf Costa Adeje. Try the 18 whole championship courses with par 3, 4 and 5 holes, practice on the putting and chipping greens and enjoy the sloping course down to the sea. Open at 7 am for the early birds and closing at 7pm there is plenty of time to enjoy a game.

For the doll collector you can’t miss the Artlandya Doll Museum with its collections of dolls and teddies. Open all year round but is closed on January 1st. More fun for the whole family can be had at Loro Parque with its aquarium attractions, aviary and museums.

Bottle Nose Dolphis at Loro Parque

Dolphins at Loro Parque in Tenerife, Canary Islands

A great way to experience the scenery of Tenerife South and surrounds is to go horse riding and Horse riding in Tenerife offer rides for all levels of horsemanship for adults and children.

Hit the Beach 

Winter in Tenerife is not necessarily the best time to hit the beach for a swim as the ocean is only 20°C, but there are other things to do along the beach front. Take a stroll along the beach or brave the water for a quick dip. Walking along the Playa de las Teresitas with its white sand and palm trees and then sunbathing for a while, weather permitting, is a nice way to relax on the beach in winter. In contrast to the white sand at Playa de las Teresitas is the black volcanic sand of Playa de Benijo. The volcanic rocks make this beach in vast contrast to the many other local beaches in Tenerife.

Playa Teresitas

Playa de las Teresitas in Tenerife, Canary Islands

There is no beach here but the rock pools at Garachio are worth a visit any time of year.

El Caleton. Natural Pools in Garachico.

El Caleton. Natural Pools in Garachico in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Where to eat and drink

In winter some of the smaller bars and cafes may be closed but there are still plenty of other establishments to choose from. There are a variety of cuisines many of which can be found in the C. C. Safari Las Americas from Greek at El Greco, Italian at Domus Aurea and Indian Tandoori at Bombay Blue.

A great place to take the kids for pizza, with their own dedicated play area is the Pueblo Canaria Las Americas. They serve healthy treats and pasta for the kids along with great coffee for mum and dad. 

Otelo Bar and Restaurant  in Adejo offers great Canarian local food. Children are welcome and the atmosphere is friendly and warm. Meat lovers should head to the Rodeo Steakhouse, also at Adejo. There is a range of over 40 salads to choose from, too. 

Otelo Bar and Restaurant

Views at Otelo Bar and Restaurant, photo via Tenerife Holidays

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