Lanzarote, Canary Islands: Live Weather
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Historic Temperatures for 18th November in Lanzarote
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|Record High||81°F (27°C) (2014)|
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|Record Low||55°F (13°C) (2005)|
Weather in Lanzarote
Lanzarote enjoys a subtropical climate with warm temperatures, low rainfall and endless sunshine throughout the year. It is the northernmost and â€“ along with FuerteventuraÂ â€“ the easternmost island ofÂ Spain'sÂ Canary Islands.
The CanariesÂ 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 dubbedÂ Â The Islands of Eternal Spring, due to their enviable climate, but temperaturesÂ vary throughout the year â€“ 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.
Even though Lanzarote is only 127km away from the Sahara Desert, there are several other factors that greatly influence its climate.
TheÂ northeasterly trade winds are at their most consistent at the height of summer (June,Â JulyÂ andÂ August). These winds moderate the temperatureÂ more than you'd expect for an island on a level with the Sahara.
The winds canÂ change direction and come in directly from the east. When this occurs, they cross over the Sahara Desert first, bringing scorching temperatures up to 10Â°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 usually occurs at the change of season.
The other climatic influence which coolsÂ 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 â€“ is whyÂ average seawater temperaturesÂ around Lanzarote are cooler than those of holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.Â
Lanzarote's geographical position, close to the Western Sahara and Morocco, makes it the hottest of the Canaries, whileÂ itsÂ flat topography means there is little regional variation in weather conditions.
The lack of high mountains also means thatcloud 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 2500Â hours of sunshine each year.
Influence of the mountains
Despite the island's relatively low topography, there are two low mountain ranges whichÂ 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 â€“ the western side is desert-like, often compared to the alien surface of Mars, while the eastern side is quite green.
The combination of aÂ 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 â€“ such asÂ Playa BlancaÂ and the Timanfaya National Park â€“ hotter than the northeastern parts of the island â€“ such asÂ La ArrietaÂ andÂ Guatiza.
Which Canary Island has the best weather?
With numerousÂ microclimates throughout the Canary Islands,Â Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to the east can experienceÂ different weatherÂ to Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
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.Â
There is a difference in temperatures between the north and south of Lanzarote.Â Check out our guideÂ below for detailed information.Â
Summer Weather in LanzaroteÂ
From April untilÂ November, Lanzarote is mostly hot and dry. The average high temperature climbs from 24Â°C in April to a peak of 29Â°C in August, getting back down to 24Â°C by November.
At the beginning and very end of the season, nights cool down pleasantly to around 17Â°C but the peak months generally stay around 20Â°C.Â 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 40Â°C and a drought can set in.
WinterÂ Weather in LanzaroteÂ
December to March remains warm with mildly cool nights. The averageÂ high temperatureÂ drops to around 21Â°C for most of the season, creeping up to 23Â°C in March.
Night-time lows fall to 15Â°C in December, 14Â°C in January and February, getting back up to 15Â°C by March. This means temperatures are never as chilly as elsewhere across Europe.
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.Â
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 18Â°C, it's still just warm enough for swimming.
What is the most popular resort in Lanzarote?
There are manyÂ 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.Â
All these resorts enjoy warm weather and high temperatures. However,Â temperatures in the north tend to be a bit lower than the south.Â Â
The north of Lanzarote â€“ fromÂ La SantaÂ toÂ Charco del PaloÂ â€“ is the greenest part of the island which experiences the most rainfall and the coolest temperatures. ButÂ don't let this put you off visiting â€“ the north of Lanzarote is still significantly drier and warmer than many other EuropeanÂ destinations.
Although there are no major tourist resorts in this part of the island, there are several villages worth visiting:
Charco del PaloÂ is a naturist resort established in 1970 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 â€“ most of the apartments are privately owned and rented out to holidaymakers.
The weather at Charco del Palo is a good representation of the forecastÂ for the entire north section of the island.
Average temperatures here range from 17Â°C inÂ JanuaryÂ (which many would find too cold for naturism!) up to 25Â°C inÂ August. These temperatures are slightly lower than those you get in Lanzarote's southern resorts.
The rainfall in Charco del Palo is also higher than the southern resorts. While the months months ofÂ June,Â JulyÂ andÂ AugustÂ are bone dry and see an average of 0mm ofÂ rainfall. The months betweenÂ NovemberÂ andÂ FebruaryÂ see moderate rainfall.Â
DecemberÂ is theÂ wettest month of the year, when 26mm of rain falls on average â€“ still not very much!
FamaraÂ is another place in northern Lanzarote worthÂ 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 evenÂ referred to as the "European Hawaii"!
The beach is 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.
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 includeÂ 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 â€“ 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 atÂ Pardelas ParkÂ inÂ OrzolaÂ â€“ a small farm with donkey rides, pottery workshops and animals you can feed, plus a traditional restaurant that serves local cuisine.
If you love gorgeous scenery, don't miss the chance to visitÂ La GraciosaÂ â€“ an islet just north of Lanzarote which is home to gorgeous white sandy beaches â€“ orÂ Mirador del RioÂ â€“ a viewing point which offers views across the north of the island and over to La Graciosa.
Alternatively, art lovers will loveÂ Casa-Museo CĂ©sar ManriqueÂ in HarĂaÂ â€“ 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 throughÂ Cueva de los VerdesÂ in HarĂa â€“ one of the biggest and most interesting underground lava tunnels in the world.
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 â€“ since the island's main weather station is located at the airport here â€“ it's the most accurate location for recording weather statistics.
Rainfall is practically non-existent during the summer months â€“ in fact,Â June,Â JulyÂ and August see absolutely noÂ precipitation, on average. But things aren't as dry in winter, withÂ DecemberÂ and January both subjected to an average of 30mm of rainfall each.
Sea Temperature/Sunshine Hours
Due to its low topography, Lanzarote is one of the sunniest of the Canary Islands, with anÂ average of eight hours of sunshine each day. May to August are the sunniest months, when the sun shines for an average of 10Â hours each day.Â
December is the least sunny month, withÂ 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 atÂ Castillo de San Gabriel, an ancient castle located on an islet just off the coast.Â
OrÂ you can indulge in a bit of culture by admiring the works of art at theÂ Museo Internacional de Arte ContemporĂˇneo, an international art gallery set inside a castle.
Accommodation takes all shapes and forms, with everything from five-star luxury hotels to quaint B&Bs. The five-starÂ Arrecife Gran Hotel & SpaÂ 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 â€“ the Old Town and the New Town. It can get very sunny and warm â€“ summerÂ temperatures peakÂ at 28Â°C in August and there are 11 hours of sunshine a day inÂ July.
The highlight of the resort is theÂ beaches. Las Cucharas Beach is hugely popular for itsÂ windsurfingÂ 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 for swimming, thanks to the man-made breakwater out to sea which protects the coast from strong waves and currents.
The south of Lanzarote â€“ from Playa Honda to La Hoya â€“ 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 areÂ Puerto del CarmenÂ andÂ 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!
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.
The sun shines for an average of nine hours each day in Playa Blanca, with theÂ average daily sunshine hoursÂ being at their highest betweenÂ April andÂ July, when the sun shines for 11 hours each day.
As well as being the sunniest part of the island, Playa Blanca is also the driest part of Lanzarote.Â
DecemberÂ is the wettest month, when 33mm ofÂ rainÂ 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 noÂ rainfall betweenÂ JuneÂ and August.
Because it's located so far south, theÂ average sea water temperatureÂ for the coast around Playa Blanca is slightly warmer than the rest of the island. At 22Â°C, the sea is hottest between August andÂ October, but it never drops below 18Â°C â€“ even in the coldest months â€“ 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 â€“ sun lounger and parasol hire, beachside kiosks and local bars and restaurants lineÂ 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, theÂ Marina RubiconÂ 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 â€“ CafĂ© del Mar is ideal for a leisurely lunch, whilstÂ Lani's Restaurant & GrillÂ 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.
You're spoilt for choice in Playa Blanca. If price isn't an issue, you'll love theÂ Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel ResortÂ with its pampering spa, 18-hole golf course and state-of-the-art gym with organised workout classes.
For something more budget-friendly, consider theÂ H10 Lanzarote Princess. This four-star hotel combines affordability with superb facilities, such as heated swimming pools, beauty salon and seven onsite eateries.
Puerto Del CarmenÂ 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 21Â°C during summer.
Playa Chica and Playa Grande are the two most popular, with both offeringÂ 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.Â 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 TexasÂ is aÂ 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 theÂ 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, tryÂ Asia Delicious RestauranteÂ â€“ one of the highest-rated restaurants in Puerto del Carmen. Or for something more local, consider eating atÂ Vino+ LanzaroteÂ 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-starÂ Los Jameos PlayaÂ 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 atÂ 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 â€“ 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.
The west of Lanzarote â€“ fromÂ El GolfoÂ to Tenesar â€“ is slightly different from the rest of the island.
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 17Â°C inÂ FebruaryÂ and 25Â°C inÂ August, although because of the extremely windy conditions, these temperatures can often feel cooler.Â 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 inÂ La Geria, which can withstand the wind and volcanic soil, all the while creating sweet grapes for the famous malvasĂa wine produced on the island.
The amount ofÂ precipitationÂ in the west of Lanzarote is similar to what falls in the east of the island.Â DecemberÂ and January are the wettest months, when an average of 26mm and 25mm of rain, respectively, falls.
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 MontaĂ±as del Fuego (Fire Mountains) within the park developed between 1730 and 1736, at which time over 100 volcanoes rose up, covering approximately 50km2Â 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 haveÂ 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 featuringÂ excerpts from the diary of a local priest who witnessed the eruptions first hand.
One of the many highlights of the national park areÂ the demonstrations showing you how hotÂ the area is.Â Temperatures just a few metres below the ground's surface can reach anywhere between 400Â°C and 600Â°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 borehole which then erupts with steam â€“ just like a mini geyser!
If you get peckish with all this excitement,Â El Diablo RestaurantÂ 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, cookedÂ using the geothermal heat from the park.
Hazards in areas with such consistent climates as theÂ Canary IslandsÂ 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 storms can be so severe as to partially block out the sun and reduce visibility to 200 meters 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 â€“ it's also the trade winds, controlled by pressure over theÂ 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 10Â°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 10Â 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.Â
If the island is hit by a dust storm when you visit, your best bet is to get somewhere cool â€“ i.e. stay in your air-conditioned hotel or head for the coast, where the sea breeze usually makes the temperatures feel more bearable.
Hottest and coldest days on record
The hottest day ever recorded in Lanzarote was August 6,Â 1980, with a temperature ofÂ 43.6Â°C. It happened during a dust storm and is more than 18Â°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,Â 1974, when temperatures as low as 8Â°C were registered. This temperature was recorded during a particularly cold winter and is 9Â°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,Â 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 â€“ 16 more rainy days than the average of three â€“ 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 MarchÂ 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,Â 1980, and resulted in 71.5mm of precipitation â€“ 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-dateÂ forecast.
The worst dust storm ever to hit Lanzarote in recent times occurred between August 9Â and August 11Â in 2013. On this weekend, AEMET (the Spanish MET office) issued a yellow alert for high temperatures up to 35Â°C and estimated that there would be 90 micrograms of dust in the air per m3.
The previous year on March 9Â and 10,Â 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 LanzaroteÂ took place between December 9Â and December 15Â 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 â€“ including one cruise liner â€“ 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 â€“ 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.