October Weather Averages for Tenerife, Canary Islands
What's the weather like in Tenerife in October
Things begin to cool down in Tenerife, Canary Islands in October, when the island is transitioning between summer and winter. At this time of year, temperatures drop slightly and the chance of rainfall increases. Despite this, the sea is the warmest it gets in Tenerife in October, which makes the island a superb beach holiday destination at this time of year. During this month, the average temper...
What's the weather like in Tenerife in October
Things begin to cool down in Tenerife, Canary Islands in October, when the island is transitioning between summer and winter. At this time of year, temperatures drop slightly and the chance of rainfall increases. Despite this, the sea is the warmest it gets in Tenerife in October, which makes the island a superb beach holiday destination at this time of year. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 22⁰C, created by average highs of 25⁰C during the day and average lows of 19⁰C after sunset.
The weather and temperature in Tenerife can vary greatly depending on whether you're looking at the north of the island or the south. The southern resorts, such as Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes, usually enjoy slightly higher temperatures, more sunshine and less rainfall than the northern resorts, such as Puerto de La Cruz. So if you love the sunshine and want to enjoy typical Tenerife weather, you're best off booking your holiday in October for Tenerife South. But if you prefer slightly milder temperatures and don't mind the odd cloudy day, Tenerife North could be the region for you.
In October, daily averages steadily decrease as the month progresses, beginning at 25⁰C on the first day of the month and jumping up to 26⁰C for the next four days. Daily averages then fluctuate between 25⁰C and 24⁰C throughout the rest of the month. This makes the first week of October the warmest time to visit Tenerife.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife in October is 38.1⁰C, which was registered at Santa Cruz de Tenerife on October 13th 1942. The coldest temperature ever registered on the island during this month is -3⁰C, which was recorded on October 17th 1924 at Izaña.
The most common weather phenomena which affects Tenerife is the calima. Normally, the Canary Islands are kept relatively cool compared to Northern Africa by the trade winds which blow over in a north easterly direction, passing over the Atlantic. A calima occurs when these trade winds blow in directly from the east, crossing over the hot Sahara Desert first.
When Tenerife is affected by a calima, temperatures shoot up (sometimes they're 10⁰C higher than normal) and visibility is low, due to the high concentration of dust and sand particles in the air. Even though calimas don't cause any major danger to the island, everyone generally feels hot and uncomfortable, especially those with breathing conditions such as asthma.
However – don't let this put you off visiting Tenerife in October. Calimas are a lot milder when they occur outside of the summer months. What's more – the best place to be during a calima is along the coast, where coastal winds help lower the temperature. Thankfully most holiday resorts are built around the coast of Tenerife, so you should always find yourself in the best areas to keep cool.
If you love high temperatures and want to visit Tenerife when it's hottest, forget about going in October and plan your holiday for July, August or September instead, when the island usually enjoys averages of 24⁰C.
Tenerife receives a small amount of rainfall in October, when the probability of precipitation gradually increases as the month progresses. In Tenerife North, the likelihood of rainfall starts at 28% on October 1st and rises up to 36% by October 31st. In Tenerife South, the chance of rainfall begins at 10% on October 1st and increases up to 13% by October 31st.
Across the month, Tenerife as a whole is subject to an average of 26mm of rainfall which is spread out over four rainy days. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see on the island at this time of year are drizzle, moderate rain and light rain.
Although Tenerife is rarely affected by intense rainfall during this month, October 2014 was a major exception to the rule. By 3.20pm on October 19th 2014, 140mm of water had fallen on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a huge amount of rainwater which Tenerife hadn't seen the likes of since March 22nd 2002.
The majority of the precipitation fell between 11pm on October 18th and midnight, which resulted in flash flooding and the collapse of several buildings. One 56 year old woman was killed by a piece of falling debris. More than 4,000 people were left without electricity as the rains continued to fall and at least three people had been injured in their vehicles and whilst attempting to cross the street. The worst of the rainfall had stopped by the evening, with the Canarian MET office removing the weather alert by 9pm.
Highest Recorded Rainfall
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Tenerife in October is 402.2mm, which was registered on October 1955 at Izaña. The 23rd of that month was declared the wettest October day ever, when 321.1mm of rainfall fell within a single 24-hour period. Moreover, the maximum number of wet days Tenerife has ever received in October is 21 which was recorded at Tenerife North Airport in October 2008.
Average Sunshine Hours
During October, Tenerife enjoys an average of seven hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud coverage which slowly increases as the month progresses. In Tenerife South, median cloud coverage begins at 39% on October 1st and rises up to 42% by October 31st. In Tenerife North, median cloud coverage starts at 44% on October 1st and rises up to 46% by October 31st.
Average Sea Temperature
Thanks to Tenerife's year-round mild temperatures, the sea is almost always warm enough for swimming in and October is no exception. During this month, the average sea temperature for the waters around Tenerife is 24⁰C – that's as warm as the sea ever gets here.
The relative humidity for Tenerife in October averages at around 71%, ranging between 53% (mildly humid) and 91% (very humid), rarely dropping below 35% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
In Tenerife North, the air is driest around October 5th, when the relative humidity drops below 66% (mildly humid) three days in four, whilst it's at its most humid around October 1st, when it rises above 88% (very humid) three days in four. In Tenerife South, the air is driest around October 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around October 1st, when it rises above 78% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average October in Tenerife, normal wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens round October 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around October 31st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze). The strongest wind ever recorded in Tenerife in October is 45 m/s, which was registered at Izaña on October 16th 1940.
Tenerife Hotels in October
H10 Gran Tinerfe
H10 Gran Tinerfe in Playa de las Americas is for guests over the age of 18; ideal for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Unwind in the three swimming pools, the outdoor jacuzzi or enjoy a pampering at the Beauty Centre. Also, with a newly build Chill Out bar, guests can admire the beautiful sea views.
Chic and comfortable guestrooms provide all that is necessary for a satisfying and pleasant stay, as well as some rooms with a stunning sea view. Tennis court, board game room and a buffet restaurant with cooking shows means that this hotel caters for all guest types. Note that gentlemen are required to wear long trousers for dinner meals.
If you're looking for self-catering accommodation in a quiet resort in Tenerife, check out Sunningdale Village in Golf del Sur. Located just a 15-20 minute walk away from San Blas, this complex is made up of studios and one-bedroom apartments which are set inside individual white-washed bungalows laid out like a small village. Some bungalows face the large swimming pool whilst others are located along quiet pathways with views of the gardens.
Each unit comes with basic kitchen facilities, satellite TV and a private balcony or terrace. There is a bar just next to the pool which offers a casual dining location during the daytime and transforms into a more formal restaurant in the evening. Onsite you'll also find a small minimarket, children's play area, mini golf, table tennis and organised family activities.
Green Garden Resort
For something more lively, check out Green Garden Resort. This four-star hotel is located in Playa de Las Americas, close to the 18-hole Las Americas Golf Course, the Siam Park water park and the recently opened Siam Mall where you'll find loads of high street shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, plus live family-friendly entertainment. Accommodation here is incredibly luxurious, whether you stay in the garden suite, penthouse suite, deluxe suite or two-bedroom suite.
Apartamentos Callaomar is a top pick when it comes to budget accommodation in Tenerife. Located in Callao Salvaje, this complex is made up of 15 one-bedroom apartments, each of which features a modern and comfortable décor. All apartments include one bedroom with twin beds, lounge with satellite TV and American-style kitchen. The complex boasts a spacious solarium with swimming pool, sun loungers and parasols, plus ping pong tables.
Playa Ajabo beach is just a short downhill walk from the complex and if you walk into the centre of the resort, you'll find a great choice of international restaurants, bars, cafes, minimarkets and souvenir shops.
Hotel Taburiente is ideal for holidaymakers who want to enjoy a city break in Tenerife. Located in the north of the island in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this four-star hotel is located in front of the García Sanabria Park where you'll find fountains, grassy areas, walking/jogging routes and artistic sculptures.
Onsite dining options include snack bars, tapas restaurants and more formal restaurants. The highlight of the hotel is the rooftop swimming pool and solarium with panoramic views.
Hotel Las Aguilas
Hotel Las Aguilas is another hotel found in the north of Tenerife, this time in Puerto de La Cruz. Set atop a tall hill with views over the rest of the resort and the La Orotava Valley, this hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway. Guests can choose between Mount Teide- and sea-view suites, each of which is remarkably spacious with one or two bedrooms, large fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, separate lounge and big bathroom with Jacuzzi-style bathtub big enough for two.
The hotel is surrounded by 10,000m2 of tropical gardens, in which you'll find a lagoon-style swimming pool, smaller children's pool and poolside snack bar. There are plenty of dining options including bars and buffet restaurants. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the centre of Puerto de La Cruz.
This 5-star Spa Hotel in South Tenerife is a luxurious sanctuary in extrensive lush tropical grounds. Iberostar Anthelia is just 20m away from the beach and is loacted right next to the Playa del Duque and the upmarket Costa Adeje.
Tenerife Beach for October
Playa Ajabo is the only beach found in Callao Salvaje. This relatively new manmade bay is comprised of dark volcanic sand, dotted with sun loungers, parasols, toilets, showers, changing rooms and wheelchair access. There's also a small kiosk located just back from the beach which serves local cuisine and drinks throughout the daytime and early evening.
The beach is protected on one side by a large cliff and on the other by a small rock jetty. These two factors ensure that the sea is almost always calm and safe enough to swim in and sunbathing is rarely spoilt by wind. What's more, the south west of Tenerife enjoys more sunshine hours than anywhere else on the island, making it an ideal location for a day at the beach.
Drive westward from Callao Salvaje and you'll find Los Guios, tucked in front of the main hotel zone to the west of the marina and the block of bars, restaurants and shops which line it. This black sandy beach is very small, although it does still offer basic facilities, such as sun beds, shades and public toilets.
The current can get very strong here, so make sure you check the flag before going for a dip – green: safe for swimming, yellow: exercise caution or red: too dangerous for swimming. Sometimes local fishermen dock their boats offshore, providing visitors with some typical Canarian scenery. Although there are no water sports offered directly at this beach, there are several water sport kiosks which operate around the nearby marina.
This pristine beach is distinguished with a blue flag status. Playa Fañabé is said to be one of the best beaches in Tenerife thanks to its clear and pristine water, clean sand and excellent facilities. Located on the southern coast of Tenerife this beach is jist seconds away from rows of cafes and restaurants.
Playa del Duque
On the Costa Adeje, this upmarket beach is not far from Playa Fanabe, Playa del Duque boasts golden sand and clean water. Visitors can rent a sun lounger and parasol or use the public beach area to lounge and enjoy the sun and pristine surroundings. There are some lovely restaurants and cafes as well as an exclusive shopping centre a few meters away,
Bars and Restaurants
If you'd prefer something laid-back, Tipsy Terrace in Los Gigantes might be just your thing. This family-friendly bar offers nightly entertainment in the form of quizzes and live music acts from tribute bands and other singers. There is also a great selection of pub grub-style and healthy option meals served throughout the daytime and evening. What really makes this bar stand out is the selection of facilities, which include tennis courts, swimming pool, children's playground, mini golf and Tai Chi classes.
El Rincon de Juan Carlos
Currently the highest ranked restaurant in Los Gigantes and with a Michelin star, El Rincon de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes is perfect for a real dinner treat. Opt for the tasting menu with a selection of excellent wines if you'd like to sample a little of everything - this is a very popular choice. Although this restaurant isn't cheap, you are guaranteed perfectly cooked meats, and outstanding dishes that are worth every cent!
Very casual and good value restaurant with amazing seafood and Canarian food. It's so good that there is often a queue with locals, expats and tourists waiting to eat at this El Cine is tucked away behind Los Cristianos and is a popular place for locals and tourists seeking delicious seafood such as sardines, squid, prawns and freshly caught squd. El Cine is well worth a visit.
Things to do in Tenerife in October
The Reserva Ambiental de San Blas tour is an ideal if you get some cloudy weather during your holiday in Tenerife in October. Held in the land between Golf del Sur and Los Abrigos, this tour is led by an informative guide who will tell you all about the geology, history and culture of Tenerife.
The tour includes a visit to a small museum, where you can take a look at authentic artefacts and watch a few short films, a boat ride and a short trek across Tenerife's volcanic terrain. Sturdy footwear and some strength is needed for the guided tour, making it unsuitable for very young children and older travellers.
Adrenaline junkies won't want to miss the chance to go paintballing in Tenerife. Tenerife Paintball is located in La Esperanza in Las Lagunetas in the north of the island and provides you with the ideal spot to practise the extreme sport in nature, surrounded by natural forestland. The dedicated paintballing space covers more than 3,200m2 of land, with plenty of tall trees and thick bushes providing ample camouflage.
You can book a basic session, which includes two hours of paintball, basic safety gear and 100 paintballs, or splurge on the complete session, which also includes camouflage gear and an extra 100 paintballs. If you're looking for something the kids can join in with, Tenerife Paintball also organises Nerf battles, with groups of 6-18.
For some seriously breathtaking views take a helicopter ride over the island. Take in the coast and the landscapes from above. Helidream offer several aerial excursions each offering views of unparalleled beauty accross the island.
October events in Tenerife
Draconids Meteor Shower
8th October 2019
Tenerife, alongside the rest of the Canary Islands, is perfectly placed for optimum stargazing in its position at the edge of the Northern Hemisphere, and has remarkably clear skies for seeing the Draconids Meteor Shower on the 9th of October 2019.
North Taurids Meteor Shower
12th October 2019 to 30th November 2019
Tenerife, alongside the rest of the Canary Islands, is perfectly placed for optimum stargazing in its position at the edge of the Northern Hemisphere, and has remarkably clear skies for seeing the North Taurids Meteor Shower this November.
Astronomical observation in El Teide
17th October 2019
Want to learn more about the stars? This out-of-this-world excursion in Teide National Park features some of the world's most powerful telescopes trained deep into space.