Tenerife Weather May Averages, Canary Islands
What's the Weather Like in Tenerife in May
Following on from a warm April, the weather continues to improve in Tenerife, Canary Islands in May, when the temperature rises and the number of daily sunshine hours increases. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 19°C, created by average highs of 23°C during the daytime and average lows of 16°C after dark.
The weather and temperature can vary greatly between the north and the south of the island. In the north of Tenerife, such as Puerto de la Cruz, the weather is usually cooler and cloudier than it is in the south, such as in Los Gigantes and Playa de Las Americas. Taking this into consideration, if you want to do a lot of sunbathing during your holiday, you're best off visiting Tenerife south in May.
In the south of Tenerife in May, the daily average temperatures increase as the month progresses, starting off at 20°C in the first week and jumping up to 21°C and then 22°C in the second week. This is followed by a fluctuation between 21°C and 22°C throughout the month, ending at 21°C on May 31st. This makes the third week of May the warmest time to visit.
Highs and Lows
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife in May is 37.7°C, which was recorded on May 13th 2012 at Tenerife South Airport. The lowest temperature ever registered here during this month is -5.1°C, which was recorded in Izaña on May 1st 1934.
Between May 10th and 14th in 2012, the Canary Islands as a whole were affected by a mini heat-wave which saw temperatures reach the mid-high 30s throughout the islands. A calima was also present during the heat-wave, which not only caused the temperatures to climb even higher, but also resulted in high winds and low visibility due to concentrated dust in the air. The coastal resorts throughout the Canary Islands were the coolest places to be, thanks to the northerly winds which regulated temperatures and kept dust in the air to a minimum.
In May 2014, Tenerife was again affected by intense heat and winds caused by a calima. Gran Canaria saw temperatures as high as 34°C between May 14th and 15th, whilst Tenerife saw its highest temperatures between May 15th and 16th when temperatures rose above 32°C.
If you love high temperatures and want to visit Tenerife when it's hottest, forget about going in May and plan your holiday for September or August instead, when the island enjoys its warmest weather.
Tenerife receives half of the rainfall in May compared to April, when the probability of precipitation significantly drops as the month progresses. In Tenerife north, the chances of rainfall begin at 34% on May 1st and drop down to 28% by May 31st. In Tenerife south, the probability of precipitation starts at 8% on May 1st and drops down to 4% by May 31st.
Over the course of the month, Tenerife receives an average of 8mm of rainfall spread out over two wet days. The most common forms of precipitation for this month are drizzle, moderate rain and light rain.
Highs and Lows
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Tenerife in May is 213.4mm, which fell in Izaña during May 1976. The 7th of that month was the wettest May day the island ever experienced, when 92.8mm of rainfall fell on a single day. Moreover, the maximum number of wet days ever experienced during any May on the island is 19, which was registered in May 2007 at Tenerife North Airport.
Average Sunshine Hours
Across May, Tenerife enjoys an average of eight hours of daily sunshine, alongside median cloud coverage which stays essentially constant throughout the month. In the south, cloud coverage drops from 44% down to 41% throughout the month. Whilst in the north, cloud coverage starts off at 53%, rises slightly up to 54% in the second week then drops back down to 53% by the end of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 29.5% of the time, partly cloudy 23% and mostly cloudy/overcast 20%.
Average Sea Temperature
Because of the island's warm climate year-round, the average sea temperature for the waters surrounding Tenerife is a mild 20°C in May. Although this temperature isn't as high as it is in June and July, the sea in May is certainly warm enough for swimming.
The relative humidity for Tenerife in May averages at 66%, ranging between 52% (mildly humid) and 92% (very humid), rarely falling below 40% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
In the north, the air is driest around May 22nd, when the relative humidity falls below 64% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around May 9th, when it rises above 88% (very humid) three days out of four. In the south, the air is driest around May 1st, when the relative humidity drops below 59% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around May 31st, when it rises above 76% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average May in Tenerife, typical wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely going above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around May 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s.
The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around May 16th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. The strongest wind ever registered in Tenerife in May is 52 m/s, which was recorded in Izaña on May 4th 1993.
Tenerife Hotels in May
Sunset Harbour Club
Sunset Harbour Club in Costa Adeje is perfect for travellers who want to be in the centre of all the action. This hotel is just a five minute walk away from the Playa La Pinta beach which is lined by international restaurants, bars and shops, as well as many more shops in the La Niña shopping centre and a wealth of other eateries and entertainment venues in the centre of Torviscas.
Marylanza Suites & Spa
If you're after a relaxing holiday in Tenerife, consider staying at the Marylanza Suites & Spa in Playa de Las Americas. This luxury four-star hotel features a Spacio10 Spa which boasts a thermal circuit with hydromassage pool, toning pool, Jacuzzi, steam rooms, floating room, sensation showers and footbaths.
There's also a gym with cardio machines with individual TVs, qualified fitness instructors and group classes for zumba, spinning fit-ball, abdominals, total body conditioning and hydro bikes. There are loads of other onsite services and facilities, too, including heated swimming pool, children's pool, playground, games room, free WiFi access and hair salon.
Hotel Paradise Park Resort & Spa
In Los Cristianos, Hotel Paradise Park Resort & Spa is another top pick when it comes to spa hotels in Tenerife. This hotel spa boasts five treatment cabins, hydrotherapy area with Jacuzzi, sauna, Roman baths, cold water plunge pool, thermal shower, Scottish shower and relaxation chill out lounge area.
There is also a huge spa menu with massages, waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, exfoliations, rituals and even children's treatments. There are many other facilities and services onsite, too, such as five different swimming pools, including one rooftop pool, children's play areas, kids' club, gym, hair salon and shuttle bus to the beach every day Monday-Friday.
Castle Harbour Apartments
Just up the hill from Hotel Paradise Park Resort & Spa you'll find Castle Harbour Apartments. Although this complex is located on the outskirts of the resort, it's just a five-minute walk from Centro Comercial Pasarela, where you'll find loads of British and international bars and restaurants.
Here you'll find studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments set around a large swimming pool. Each unit features a small kitchenette with hob, microwave, kettle and toaster, living room with satellite TV and sofa bed, private bathroom with shower and terrace or balcony with furniture.
Apartamentos RF Bambi
For cheap accommodation in the north of the island, check out the adults-only Apartamentos RF Bambi in Puerto de la Cruz. Situated just a 15-minute walk from the Lago Martiánez swimming complex and San Telmo beach, this two-star complex provides guests with studios, one-bedroom apartments, deluxe studios and deluxe apartments. Each unit features the basics, such as kitchenette with hob, fridge and coffee making facilities, TV and private bathroom with shower. Deluxe units offer the same facilities but are more sophisticatedly decorated.
Tenerife Beach for May
Las Teresitas in the island's capital Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife. This beach is made up of white-golden sand which was imported from the Western Sahara and is peppered with sun loungers, parasols, showers and a small beach bar and the southernmost side which serves Canarian snacks and drinks.
Thanks to the two breakwaters which ensure large, rough waves never reach the shore, the sea here is almost always calm enough for swimming. Although many people think the south of Tenerife is sunny and the north is rainy, this isn't strictly true. Santa Cruz de Tenerife often enjoys exactly the same temperatures and sunshine hours as Playa de Las Americas, so if you visit this beach in May, you're almost guaranteed to get clear blue skies and sunshine.
If you want to try your hand at surfing during your holiday in Tenerife, head to La Izquierda, the beach near the H10 Conquistador Hotel in Playa de Las Americas. Surfers favour this spot because the waves break over an underwater lava platform and then spin down the line for up to 100m. Despite what the name suggests (La Izquierda means The Left in English), this part of the coast also features some short rights. Due to the challenging waves and short, sharp rocks, surfing here is best left to the experts.
The dry part of the beach is made up mostly of large smooth pebbles, with a few patches of thin golden sand. Although the pebbles aren't suitable for sunbathing on, the flat patches certainly are. If all the sunbathing spots have been taken, it's common for sun worshippers to lie their towels down on the promenade and chill out there. There are no services or facilities on offer here, but you'll find a huge selection of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and hotels along the promenade.
Bars and Restaurants
Alejandra Cafe Bar and Grill
Alejandra Café Bar and Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in Costa del Silencio. This affordable bar is best known for its Sunday dinners, which come complete with your chosen meat, vegetables, mashed potato, stuffing, roast potatoes, gravy and a Yorkshire pudding.
If you visit during the week, you won't be able to have a Sunday roast, but you will be able to enjoy plenty of other British classics, including steak, pork belly and full English breakfasts, although vegetarian meals are limited. You'll also find a great selection of homemade desserts available, plus free WiFi access for customers.
In Playa de Las Americas, the Anchor Bar is a great place to go for a late drink or some quality evening entertainment. During the day, the bar is primarily a sports bar, with live sporting events shown on the huge flat-screen TVs inside. International breakfasts and lunch dishes, including full English breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas are also served throughout the day. On an evening, the bar takes on a more cabaret-feel, with live music every night from 9pm until midnight, followed by karaoke from midnight until 3am.
In the north of Tenerife, Hannen Bar in Puerto de la Cruz is a popular choice for lovers of German beer. Located on the corner of a busy street ideal for people-watching, this bar features a cool air-conditioned interior and a sun-kissed outdoor terrace with comfy furniture. The drinks menu boasts several dark German beers, including the ever-popular Hannen Bräu, whilst the food menu also offers German specialities, such as sausages and steaks.
Things to do in Tenerife in May
Siam Park in Costa Adeje has been voted the very best water park in the world by TripAdvisor. This popular water park can get incredibly busy and hot in the peak summer season, making May the perfect time to visit, when the park will be quieter and pleasantly warm. This huge water park offers six adrenaline-pumping water slides, two family-friendly slides, two children's zones and one man-made golden beach with a huge swimming pool which turns into a wave pool for 20 minutes on every hour.
Other attractions within the park include the floating market, sea lion habitat, shark habitat and five eateries. What makes Siam Park stand out above other water parks is that it has five world records: the largest dragon statue, the tallest increased elevation within a lazy river, the largest man-made wave, the most increased diversity in slides and the largest Thai building outside Asia.
Cueva del Viento
If the sunshine is too much for you in Tenerife in May, seek shelter inside the Cueva del Viento (Windy Cave in English) in Icod de los Vinos. This cave is one of the largest lava tubes in the world which was formed during eruptions and subsequent lava flows from Pico Viejo many years ago.
The cave stretches on for over 17km and is full of diverse colours on the inside, where there are at least 115 species of animals and insects living amongst ancient fossils which are set into the rock. Multilingual guides take visitors on tours through the network of tunnels and will provide you with the equipment necessary, including hard hat and torch. Each tour lasts for two hours and must be reserved at least one day in advance by phoning or emailing the visitors' centre.