Lanzarote, Canary Islands: Live Weather

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Sunday 22 September
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22 Sep
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72°F (22°C)
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Pressure: 30.01" (1016 hpa)
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Historic Temperatures for 22nd September in Lanzarote

Average High 79°F (26°C)
Record High 93°F (34°C) (2015)
Average Low 68°F (20°C)
Record Low 64°F (18°C) (2008)

Weather in Lanzarote

Lanzarote enjoys a subtropical climate with warm temperatures, low rainfall and endless sunshine throughout the year. It is the northernmost and – along with Fuerteventura – the easternmost island of Spain's Canary Islands.

These islands sit far south of the Spanish mainland, closer to the west coast of Northern Africa than Spain itself, leading to higher temperatures and a drier climate than most Spanish resorts.

The Canaries are often dubbed 'The Islands of Eternal Spring', due to their enviable climate, but temperatures do vary throughout the year – dropping slightly in winter and increasing a little in summer.

Despite this, Lanzarote and the other Canaries are still thought to have the perfect temperature all-year-round, much cooler than the Sahara, which lies at the same latitude, but warmer and drier than the rest of Europe.

Climatic Influences

Even though Lanzarote is only 127km away from the Sahara Desert, there are several other factors which greatly influence its climate. Despite being present throughout the year, the northeasterly trade winds are at their most consistent at the height of summer (June, July and August).

These winds aid in moderating the temperatures more than you'd expect for an island on a level with the Sahara.

Contrastingly, the winds can sometimes change direction and come in directly from the east. When this occurs, they cross over the Sahara Desert first, bringing scorching temperatures up to 10°C higher than normal and low visibility caused by a high quantity of sand and dust in the air.

This is known locally as a 'calima' and, although it can happen at any time, it most often occurs when one season is merging into the next.

The other climatic influence which cools temperatures in Lanzarote is the Canary current. Caused by the trade winds, this current helps in moderating the temperatures by guiding cooler seawaters from the north of the Atlantic, past the shores of Lanzarote and on along the west coast of Africa.

These cool waters mix with the naturally warmer waters which lie just above the Canary Islands, creating a pleasing water temperature around Lanzarote, perfect for swimming at any time of the year.

This – as well as the fact that the Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Sea – is why average sea water temperatures around Lanzarote are cooler than those of holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. 

Microclimates

Lanzarote's geographical position, close to the Western Sahara and Morocco, makes it the hottest of the Canaries, while its relatively flat topography means there is little regional variation in weather conditions.

The lack of high mountains also means that cloud coverage and rainfall is less intense in Lanzarote, resulting in more sunshine hours all-year-round. However, Lanzarote weather differs very slightly throughout the different parts of the island, with several specific microclimates.

The north of Lanzarote is usually cloudier and windier than the south and often characterised by wetter weather, resulting in more lush plant growth and an overall greener appearance.

The south of Lanzarote is known for its drier, hotter and more moderate climate, boasting around 2500 hours of sunshine each year.

Influence of the mountains

Despite the island's relatively low topography, there are two low mountain ranges which somewhat block the cool northeast trade winds and the hot westerly winds coming over from mainland Africa.

The western side of the island is typically hotter and drier than the eastern side. This has created a stark contrast in landscape from one side of the island to the other – the western side is desert-like, often compared to the alien surface of Mars, while the eastern side is quite green.

The combination of a hot and dry microclimate of the south and west of the island, and the cooler and damper microclimate of the north and east, make the southwestern regions – such as Playa Blanca and the Timanfaya National Park – hotter than the northeastern parts of the island – such as La Arrieta and Guatiza.

Which Canary Island has the best weather?

With numerous microclimates throughout the Canary Islands, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to the east can experience different weather to Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

Windier regions tend to be Costa Calma in Fuerteventura and Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, although they also enjoy slightly higher temperatures in summer months. 

Which resort in Lanzarote has the best weather?

The region is blessed with gorgeous weather throughout the year, with very little rainfall. Its close access to the Sahara Desert can lead to incredibly high temperatures. 

There is a difference in temperatures between the north and south of Lanzarote. Check out our handy guide below for detailed information. 

Summer Weather in Lanzarote 

Temperature/Sunshine Hours

From April until November, Lanzarote is mostly hot and dry. The average high temperature climbs from 24°C in April to a peak of 29°C in August, getting back down to 24°C by November.

At the beginning and very end of the season, nights cool down pleasantly to around 17°C but the peak months generally stay around 20°C. Luckily, sea breezes which blow freely across the island, and the low humidity, ease the heat.

But if the Sirocco wind is blowing from the east, from Africa and the Sahara, temperatures can soar to 40°C and a drought can set in.

This is especially true because rainfall is pretty much negligible throughout the season, though the fringes might see the odd brief downpour. Generally, clear skies are uninterrupted and Lanzarote enjoys long hours of daily sunshine.

Winter Weather in Lanzarote 

Temperature

December to March remains warm with mildly cool nights. The average high temperature drops to around 21°C for most of the season, creeping up to 23°C in March.

Night-time lows fall to 15°C in December, 14°C in January and February, getting back up to 15°C by March. This means temperatures are never as chilly as elsewhere across Europe.

In fact, daytime temperatures in the low 20s will be preferable to the summer highs for many and the cool nights can come as a relief. Winter is a very popular season for travellers visiting the Canary Islands to escape colder and damper weather.

Rain

Rainfall does increase in the Canary Islands in winter, but downpours are only expected on around two to four days in each month. And they don't tend to last very long. 

These brief bursts of rain leave plenty of time for sunshine and most days see at least seven hours. The sea temperature drops to its coolest between February and March, but at 18°C, it's still just warm enough for swimming.

What is the most popular resort in Lanzarote?

There are many options for places to stay in Lanzarote, ranging from resort towns to quaint coastal villages. The weather across the whole region is generally very warm, so many areas are popular with holidaymakers and travellers. 

The most popular Lanzarote resorts tend to be Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. There are many inland villages and coastal options, so there is definitely something for everyone.

With regards to the warmest resort in Lanzarote, they all enjoy warm weather and high temperatures. However, temperatures in the north tend to be a bit lower than the south.  

Northern Region

The north of Lanzarote – from La Santa to Charco del Palo – is the greenest part of the island which experiences the most rainfall and the coolest temperatures. But don't let this put you off visiting – the north of Lanzarote is still significantly drier and warmer than many other European holiday destinations.

Although there are no major tourist resorts in this part of the island, there are several villages worth visiting.

Charco del Palo is a naturist resort established in 1970, located on the northeastern coast of the island. Nudity is permitted throughout the whole resort, with the exception of a supermarket and some restaurants.

You won't find any major hotel chains here – most of the apartments are privately owned and rented out to holidaymakers.

Temperature

The weather at Charco del Palo is a good representation of the forecast for the entire north section of the island.

Average temperatures here range from 17°C in January (which many would find too cold for naturism!) up to 25°C in August. These temperatures are slightly lower than those you get in Lanzarote's southern resorts.

Rain

The rainfall in Charco del Palo is also higher than the southern resorts. Whilst the summer months of June, July and August are bone dry and see an average of 0mm of rainfall, the months between November and February see moderate rainfall. 

December is the wettest month of the year, when 26mm of rain falls on average – still not very much!

Famara is another place in northern Lanzarote worth a visit. Found on the northwestern coast of the island, this small village is one of the best places in Lanzarote for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. It's even referred to as "European Hawaii"!

The beach is so perfect for watersports because it bears the brunt of the trade winds, which are remarkably consistent, so it's always a good time to hit the waves.

The swell comes from the west-north and the handles wind comes in from the southwest-east. The centre of the beach is where you'll find most swell, whilst the north end gets fast and hollow at lower tide and the south end is smaller and easier.

Despite being a relatively small village, far away from the island's major tourist resorts, you'll find plenty of services and amenities in Famara. These include surfing schools, surf shops and bohemian-style cafes to small supermarkets, yoga schools and bars.

And like Charco del Palo, most of the accommodation comes in the form of private apartments and bungalows – not big-name hotel chains.

Even though the north of Lanzarote isn't the most popular tourist spot, there are still plenty of things to see and do.

Families with small children will have a great time at Pardelas Park in Orzola – a small farm with donkey rides, pottery workshops and animals you can feed and play with, plus a traditional restaurant which serves local cuisine.

If you love gorgeous scenery, don't miss the chance to visit La Graciosa – an islet just north of Lanzarote which is home to gorgeous white sandy beaches – or Mirador del Rio – a viewing point which offers views across the north of the island and over to La Graciosa.

Alternatively, art lovers will love Casa-Museo César Manrique in Haría – an art gallery-museum, loaded with original artwork and belongings of the artist who used to live in the house. The more adventurous will prefer trekking through Cueva de los Verdes in Haría – one of the biggest and most interesting underground lava tunnels in the world.

Eastern Region

The east of Lanzarote – from Guatiza to Arrecife – is home to two very important towns: Arrecife, the island's capital, and Costa Teguise, one of the island's oldest holiday resorts.

The east coast of Lanzarote is slightly warmer than the north and the further south you go, the higher the temperatures get.

Arrecife is a good marker for the weather in the east of Lanzarote and – since the island's main weather station is located at the airport here – it's the most accurate location for recording weather statistics.

Temperature

Average temperatures for Arrecife range from 17°C in January, up to 25â°C in August and September.

Rain

Rainfall is practically non-existent during the summer months – in fact, June, July and August see absolutely no precipitation, on average. But things aren't as dry in winter, with December and January both subjected to an average of 30mm of rainfall each.

Thankfully, being consistently warmer than 18°C, the sea is always warm enough for swimming on the eastern cost of Lanzarote.

Sea Temperature/Sunshine Hours

But if you're sensitive to the cold, you'll find it most pleasant between August and October, when the average sea temperature is at its highest at 22°C.

Due to its low topography, Lanzarote is one of the sunniest of the Canary Islands, with an average of eight hours of sunshine each day. May to August are the sunniest months, when the sun shines for an average of 10 hours each day. 

December is the least sunny month, with 'just' six hours of daily sunshine.

The East of Lanzarote is brimming with things to see and do, making it one of the best places to visit on holiday. In Arrecife, you can learn all about the history of the island at Castillo de San Gabriel, an ancient castle located on an islet just off the coast. 

Or you can indulge in a bit of culture by admiring the works of art at the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, an international art gallery set inside a castle.

Since Arrecife is the capital, you'll find plenty of bars and restaurants. Restaurante Lilium is a top pick for fine dining, whilst Tasca La Raspa is ideal for local cuisine.

Accommodation takes all shapes and forms, with everything from five-star luxury hotels to quaint B&Bs. The five-star Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa is located just steps away from El Reducto Beach and boasts a luxury spa and four restaurants with amazing sea views.

Costa Teguise is more of a typical holiday resort, located further north than the capital and split into two distinct sections – the Old Town and the New Town. It can get very sunny and warm – summer temperatures peak at 28°C in August and there are 11 hours of sunshine a day in July.

The highlight of the resort is the beaches. Las Cucharas Beach is hugely popular for its windsurfing which, thanks to the consistent trade winds, is possible to enjoy all-year-round.

However, June and August are the best months to take part in the sport, as the winds are at their strongest and most reliable.

For families, Los Charcos Beach is a better pick. Despite being fairly windy, the clear blue waters are almost always calm and safe enough for swimming, thanks to the man-made breakwater out to sea which protects the coast from strong waves and currents.

Southern Region 

The south of Lanzarote – from Playa Honda to La Hoya – is the most popular place for people to visit, since it's where you'll find the best resorts, the warmest weather and the most beautiful beaches.

The two main resorts in the south of Lanzarote are Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, with Playa Blanca being slightly warmer. Because Playa Blanca is usually warmer and sunnier than any other resort in Lanzarote (even when the rest of the island is shrouded in cloud, the sun is usually shining in Playa Blanca) it's often said that the resort could have a microclimate of its very own!

Temperature

Average temperatures in Playa Blanca range between 17°C in January, up to 25°C in August with highs of 28°C.

These temperatures are similar to those you'd get in other parts of the island, but visitors often claim the resort is hotter because there is very little wind.

In places like Famara and Costa Teguise, 25°C often feels more like 22°C-23°C, due to the cool winds. However, the fact about Playa Blanca being sunnier than the rest of the island isn't a metrological trick – it's the truth.

Sunshine Hours

The sun shines for an average of 9.5 hours each day in Playa Blanca, with the average daily sunshine hours being at their highest between April and July, when the sun shines for 11 hours each day.

Rain

As well as being the sunniest part of the island, Playa Blanca is also the driest part of Lanzarote. 

December is the wettest month, when 33mm of rain falls, but the rest of the winter months are relatively dry, with approximately half the amount of rainfall each month. As is the pattern in Lanzarote, the summer is bone dry, with an average of no rainfall between June and August.

Sea Temperature

Because it's located so far south, the average sea water temperature for the coast around Playa Blanca is slightly warmer than the rest of the island. At 22°C, the sea is hottest between August and October, but it never drops below 18°C – even in the coldest months – meaning it's always warm enough for a dip.

Just like Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca is best known for its picture-perfect beaches with soft, golden sands.

Playa Dorada, Playa Flamingo and Playa Blanca are all beautiful beaches, which offer everything you could need for a day at the coast – sun lounger and parasol hire, beachside kiosks and local bars and restaurants line each promenade. Playa Dorada also offers a selection of watersports, including banana boat hire, parasailing and jet skis.

If you want some quality food or in the mood for a spot of retail therapy, the Marina Rubicon is the place to go.

This marina is set in the heart of Playa Blanca and is packed full of restaurants to suit all budgets and occasions – Café del Mar is ideal for a leisurely lunch, whilst Lani's Restaurant & Grill is perfect for a hearty celebratory dinner. Pop by on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, when you'll have the chance to shop for local handicrafts at the artisan market.

Hotels

You're spoilt for choice in Playa Blanca. If price isn't an issue, you'll love the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort with its pampering spa, 18-hole golf course and state-of-the-art gym with organised workout classes.

For something more budget-friendly, consider the H10 Lanzarote Princess. This four-star hotel combines affordability with superb facilities, such as heated swimming pools, beauty salon and seven onsite eateries.

Beaches

Puerto Del Carmen also has its fair share of stunning beaches. With comparable temperatures to Playa Blanca, nine hours of daily sunshine and a sea temperature of around 21°C during summer.

Playa Chica and Playa Grande are the two most popular, with both offering totally different experiences. Playa Chica is much smaller and a fantastic place for scuba diving and snorkelling, with loads of tropical fish hiding amongst the rocks which flank the shore.

As well as providing a home for marine life, these rocks also protect the shore from strong waves and currents, creating a safe swimming environment.

Playa Grande is a bigger, usually windier beach with a bit more life. There are sun loungers and parasols available to rent, as well as showers, lifeguard patrol, bars and restaurants lining the promenade and basic watersports, such as pedalo hire.

Rancho Texas is a must for anyone visiting Puerto Del Carmen with children. This animal and western-themed park provides hours of entertainment.

You can do everything from swimming with sealions to enjoying a delicious barbecue dinner, whilst a team of cowboys and cowgirls perform live on stage.

But if you're travelling as a couple and want something a bit more sophisticated, you'll have a great time at the Gran Casino de Lanzarote. Try your luck at all sorts of games, from American roulette and blackjack to poker tables and slot machines.

If you'd rather not risk your money and would prefer to spend the evening wining and dining, try Asia Delicious Restaurante – one of the highest-rated restaurants in Puerto del Carmen. Or for something more local, consider eating at Vino+ Lanzarote where you can enjoy Canarian wines and daily tapas specials.

Puerto Del Carmen has an equally great selection of accommodation options to suit all pockets. The four-star Los Jameos Playa is the perfect place for a relaxing escape, with a spa and wellness centre, modern gym and tropical gardens, all set just steps away from the beach and 12 minutes away from the nearest golf course.

If you love a bargain, take a look at Nautilus Lanzarote. Although this is also a four-star hotel, it's significantly cheaper and comes with everything you could need for a great family holiday – from heated swimming pools and mini golf to a kids' club to free Wi-Fi access. The rooms and public areas in this hotel are decorated with artwork created by local artists.

Western Region

Temperature

The west of Lanzarote – from El Golfo to Tenesar – is slightly different to the rest of the island.

Instead of being peppered with holiday resorts and Canarian villages, it's covered by two major parks – the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya and Parque Natural Los Volcanes.

El Golfo is a good representation of the weather for the whole of the west of Lanzarote. The average temperatures in this part of the island range between 17°C in February and 25°C in August, although because of the extremely windy conditions, these temperatures can often feel cooler. Take a jacket or jumper with you when visiting.

The winds which batter the west of Lanzarote aren't all bad, though. They make it almost impossible for any vegetation to grow, which allows the parks to keep their unique volcanic appearance.

The only exceptions to this are some vineyards in La Geria, which can withstand the wind and volcanic soil, all the while creating sweet grapes for the famous malvasía wine produced on the island.

Rain

The amount of precipitation in the west of Lanzarote is similar to what falls in the east of the island. December and January are the wettest months, when an average of 26mm and 25mm of rain, respectively, falls.

However, just like across the rest of the island, June, July and August are completely dry, with an average rainfall of 0mm.

Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

The Parque Nacional de Timanfaya is the most popular attraction in the whole of Lanzarote, due to its alien-like appearance and fascinating history. The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) within the park developed between 1730 and 1736, at which time over 100 volcanoes rose up, covering approximately 50km2 of land, and began to erupt, devastating surrounding areas. Even though the last eruption occurred in 1824, the park looks just as it did almost 200 years ago, thanks to the low rainfall and therefore lack of erosion.

You can drive most of the way up to the national park, but individual visitors aren't allowed to drive or walk in past the main entrance.

You'll have to leave your car behind and hop on a coach, which will take you on a small tour of the park, complemented by an audio commentary featuring excerpts from the diary of a local priest who witnessed the eruptions first hand.

One of the many highlights of the national park are the demonstrations showing you how hot the area is. Temperatures just a few metres below the ground's surface can reach anywhere between 400°C and 600°C!

Demonstrators throw dry brush into a hole which catches fire as soon as it reaches a low enough level. Another entertaining demonstration involves pouring water into a bore hole which then erupts with steam – just like a mini geyser!

If you get peckish with all this excitement, El Diablo Restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch during your trip to the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya.

It overlooks the alien-like landscape of the national park and serves up delicious Canarian cuisine, cooked using the geothermal heat from the park.

Weather Hazards

Hazards in areas with such consistent climates as the Canary Islands are rare, but dust storms, known locally as 'calimas', occur on a regular basis in Lanzarote.

Although they can happen at any time, they're most common when one season is turning into the next, such as in February, May, August and November. These dust stoms can be so severe as to partially block out the sun and reduce visibility to 200 metres or less.

The dust storms are largely controlled by North Africa's weather patterns.

When the Sahara experiences a heavy rainfall in its short wet season, the dust storms in Lanzarote are far less likely. However, if it misses out on its yearly rainfall, the storms are likely to be far more intense.

It's not just the rainfall in North Africa which controls the dust storms – it's also the trade winds, controlled by pressure over the Azores.

When the air pressure is at a normal level over the Azores, the trade winds cross Lanzarote from a northeasterly direction. However, when the air pressure over the Azores is particularly high, the trade winds cross over Lanzarote directly from the east.

The winds then pass by the Sahara Desert first, where they pick up high temperatures (up to 10°C higher than normal) and a lot of sand and dust particles in the air which cause reduced visibility. Extreme sandstorms can bring transport to a halt temporarily across a few days, but they can also pass extremely briefly in just one hour.

On average there are between two and seven significant dust storms every year in Lanzarote, each one lasting between one and 10 days.

But don't let the idea of a dust storm put you off visiting Lanzarote, because with the exception of very rare occasions when they're uncommonly strong, they don't cause much of a problem. 

If the island is hit by a dust storm when you visit, your best bet is to get somewhere cool – i.e. stay in your air-conditioned hotel or head for the coast, where the sea breeze usually makes the temperatures feel more bearable.

Extreme Weather

The hottest day ever recorded in Lanzarote was August 6, 1980, with a temperature of 43.6°C. It happened during a dust storm and is more than 18°C higher than the average for Lanzarote in August.

At the other end of the scale, the coldest day ever recorded in Lanzarote is January 10, 1974, when temperatures as low as 8°C were registered. This temperature was recorded during a particularly cold winter and is 9°C lower than the average for Lanzarote in January.

Despite being known for its dry and arid climate, Lanzarote has received some torrential storms. During November 2014, Lanzarote received 127.3mm of rainfall, making it the month with the highest amount of rainfall since records began.

On the other hand, November 1998 was the month with the lowest monthly rainfall, when Lanzarote received a grand total of 0mm across the month.

The highest number of rainy days ever experienced by Lanzarote in one month is 19, in January 1996. This January made up part of a particularly wet winter for Lanzarote and saw the island receive a total of 19 wet days – 16 more rainy days than the average of three – making it the wettest month since records began, in terms of wet days.

The maximum number of storm days ever to occur in one month in Lanzarote is three, in March 2011. This small number is proof of how uncommon storms are in Lanzarote and when they do materialise, evidence of how short they usually are.

The highest amount of precipitation in one day happened on January 25, 1980, and resulted in 71.5mm of precipitation – all of which fell within a 24 hour period.

Even though most of Lanzarote's rainfall occurs between January and March, it's very unusual for such a high amount. These figures are exceptions to the rule, but it is worth staying aware and checking the up-to-date forecast.

Extreme Storms

The worst dust storm ever to hit Lanzarote in recent times occurred between August 9 and August 11 in 2013. On this weekend, AEMET (the Spanish MET office) issued a yellow alert for high temperatures up to 35°C and estimated that there would be 90 micrograms of dust in the air per m3.

The previous year on March 9 and 10, 2012, the island was also subject to a severe dust storm which reduced visibility down to 600m.

One of the worst rainstorms ever to hit Lanzarote took place between December 9 and December 15 in 2013. For most of this week, Lanzarote was put on yellow alert by AEMET for high rainfall, dangerous coastal conditions and strong winds of up to 80km/h.

There were many disruptions to the island, including the closing of the port which stopped numerous boats – including one cruise liner – from docking.

November 2014 was wetter still, with persistent and widespread showers falling on the island over 12 days, resulting a total rainfall of 135mm – more than three times the usual for November.

The strength of the wind was also very high during this month, particularly on November 28/29, when AMET put Lanzarote on orange alert for gusts of up to 130km/h, waves 5-6m tall on the north, west and south coastline, and 15mm of rainfall per hour.

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