What's the weather like in Tenerife South in August
At this time of year, the average temperature for the south of the island is 24⁰C, created by average highs of 28⁰C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 21⁰ during the coldest part of the night. Daily averages fluctuate between 26⁰C and 25⁰C throughout the month, with more 26⁰C fluctuations toward the end of the month.
This makes the final week of August the hottest time to visit Tenerife South. If you don't like hot weather and prefer to holiday when it's a bit milder, forget about going in August and plan your holiday for June or November instead, when the average temperatures are around 22⁰C and average highs are around 25⁰C.
The highest temperature ever registered in Tenerife South in August is 44.3⁰C, which was registered at Tenerife South Airport on August 17th 1988. Not only was this the hottest August day ever recorded, but it was in fact the hottest day ever registered in Tenerife at any time of year. On the other hand, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the south of the island at this time of year is 17.1⁰C, which was registered at Tenerife South Airport in August 25th 2007.
July 2007 was the hottest July ever recorded in Tenerife South, so the fact that August 2007 was the coldest August ever registered on the island is very strange. However, the drop in temperature was very welcome because whilst other Canary Islands, such as La Gomera, were subject to forest fires, Tenerife remained fire-free throughout the whole of August 2007.
Tenerife South can be subject to calimas during any month of the year, but they're especially bad when they occur during summer. Trade winds normally blow over Tenerife South in a north easterly direction, but a calima occurs when the winds come in directly from the east, crossing over the Sahara Desert in the north of Africa.
When the winds come in from the east, they bring with them excessively high temperatures (often up to 10⁰C hotter than normal) and a high concentration of sand and dust particles which hang around in the air and cause low visibility and mild problems for people with breathing conditions.
When you visit Tenerife South in August, you're very unlikely to see any rainfall. In fact, at this time of year, the south of the island receives an average of just 1mm of precipitation! If you are unfortunate enough to see some rainfall during your holiday in Tenerife South in August, it will most probably be drizzle (which occurs on 37% of days with rainfall), light rain (35%) or moderate rain (21%).
The chance of rainfall occurring increases as the month develops starting at 2% on August 1st and increasing up to 5% by August 31st which makes the start of the month the best time to visit if you want to avoid rainfall. But since the probability of rainfall is so small, it doesn't really matter when you go you probably won't see as much as a drop of the stuff.
The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Tenerife South in August is 31mm which fell on August 2005. The 18th of this month was declared the wettest August day ever, when 18.5mm fell within a single 24-hour period. However, August 2002 saw the highest number of wet days an August has ever seen four.
Average Sunshine Hours and Visibility
Over the course on an average August, Tenerife South boasts an average of nine hours of sunshine each day, along with median cloud coverage which slightly increases as the month progresses. Median cloud coverage starts at 23% on August 1st and steadily rises up to 31% by August 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 49% of the time, partly cloudy 13% and mostly cloudy/overcast 9%.
Average Sea Temperature
Thanks to Tenerife's consistently warm climate, the sea is always warm enough for swimming in and August is no exception. During this month, the average sea temperature for the waters around the south of the island is 23⁰C the hottest sea temperature Tenerife South ever sees.
The relative humidity for Tenerife South in August averages at around 67%, ranging between 52% (mildly humid) and 82% (humid), rarely falling below 35% (comfortable) or rising above 90% (very humid). The air is at its driest around August 2nd, when the relative humidity falls below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around August 10th, when it rises above 78% (humid) three days out of four.
During an average August in Tenerife South, typical wind speeds vary between 1 m/s (light air) and 11 m/s (strong breeze), rarely rising above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around August 21st, when the average daily maximum is 11 m/s (strong breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around August 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 m/s (fresh breeze).
Tenerife South Hotels in August
Iberostar Torviscas Playa in an all-inclusive hotel in Torviscas, just a stone's throw away from Playa Fañabe beach and many international and local bars, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and tourist shops. Designed with the whole family in mind, this four-star hotel offers three kids' clubs for different ages, two adult swimming pools, one children's pool, playground, 30-minutes free WiFi access each day, fitness centre with organised workout classes and spa.
Dining options include two restaurants América Restaurant which serves international cuisine buffet-style and Bar-B-Que Restaurant by the pool which isn't included in the all-inclusive meal plan and three bars Entertainment Bar with live music, Lobby Bar open until 1am and Snack Bar La Palapa open for breakfast, lunch and dinner next to the pool. Accommodation comes in the form of ten quadruple rooms for families, 449 double rooms, two junior suites, six executive suites and six rooms with disabled access. Each guestroom is decorated with bright primarily colours and features views of the pool and sea, plus air conditioning, satellite TV and WiFi access.
If you're looking for a spa hotel in Tenerife South, check out Aparthotel Cordial Golf Plaza. Situated in a quiet residential part of Golf del Sur, a 20-minute walk away from San Blas square where you'll find a top choice of nightly entertainment, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and tourist shops, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of 174 studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments which can sleep between two and four guests. Each guestroom is decorated in a traditional Canarian style with a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, satellite TV, full marble bathroom and furnished balcony or terrace.
The suites are located in the turrets of the building with large private terraces and views over Amarilla Golf and the sea. Within the hotel there are two swimming pools, one children's pool and one playground which are surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens. The onsite spa is open to guests aged 12+ and boasts Roman-style swimming pool with hydromassage beds, jet showers, Jacuzzi, sauna, plunge bath, Turkish bath, aromatherapy showers and treatment cabins for massages, wrappings, reflexology, facials and body treatments. The spa is complemented by a fitness room with cardio equipment and weights, plus a squash court both of which come with additional charges.
If you want to be located in a more lively part of Tenerife South, consider staying at Apartamentos Andorra in Playa de Las Americas. Situated only 500m from Playa Las Vistas beach and just a short walk away from the Safari Centre where you'll find loads of top-end and high-street shops and upmarket restaurants, this three-star hotel provides accommodation in the form of studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments.
Each apartment is bright and airy with white-washed walls and light wooden furniture and features WiFi access, flat-screen satellite TV, furnished balcony, fully-equipped kitchen and complete bathroom. The apartments are situated surrounding two swimming pool areas which are framed by sun loungers, parasols and one pool bar. There is an additional casual snack bar and more formal restaurant, both of which are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free WiFi is available in the public areas of the hotel and parking is also included in the room rate.
HG Tenerife Sur Apartments in Los Cristianos is another option for holidaymakers who want to be in the middle of it all. This complex is just a 20-minute drive away from the airport, a 20-minute walk away from Los Cristianos beach and a ten-minute walk away from the nearest bars and restaurants. Accommodation comes in the form of 189 one- and two-bedroom apartments which are set out around two swimming pools surrounded by sunbathing terraces, landscaped gardens and pool bar which serves local and imported drinks throughout the day.
Each apartment is decorated in a minimalist design with dark wooden furniture, TV (option to pay for satellite), marble bathroom, kitchenette and private furnished terrace or balcony. WiFi is available in public areas for an additional charge and there's also a games room, children's play area, sauna, squash court and restaurant which serves local and international dishes a la carte.
If you'd rather be closer to the beach, take a look at Yucca Park. Based in Costa Adeje, this three-key complex is situated 200m away from Playa Fañabe beach, just steps away from an open-air shopping mall full of bars, restaurants and all kinds of shops. You'll find even more entertainment venues along the promenade which lines the beach. Accommodation at Yucca Park comes in the form of 98 one- and two-bedroom apartments spread out over two-storey cream-coloured townhouses.
Each apartment is spacious and decorated in a homely manner with living room with flat-screen TV and dining table, bathroom with shower, well-equipped kitchen and private balcony or terrace with table and chairs. The grounds of the hotel are decorated with Yucca palm trees, three outdoor swimming pools with sun deck and casual bar-restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Note that there is no internet access or parking.
Tenerife South Beach for August
If you're staying in the south west of the island, spend a day at Playa San Juan beach. Found in the quiet fishing village of Playa San Juan, this bay is made from imported golden sand which gradually washes away and is replaced. So depending on when you visit, it might look a grey volcanic colour or a rich golden colour.
Thanks to its location in the south west, this beach is almost always blessed with sunshine, making it almost a sure thing if the rest of the island is covered in cloud. On the western side, Playa San Juan beach is protected by the village's harbour, which means that the sea is almost always quiet and calm enough for swimming in. There are toilets and changing rooms on the beach, plus sun loungers and parasols available to hire and small palm trees where you can enjoy some shade for free.
When it comes to surfing in Tenerife South, Playa Izquierda is the best place for it. Located in Playa de Las Americas and famous for its left-hand reef-breaking waves, this beach is constantly full of experienced Canarian surfers, so it's best left to the experts. The sea bottom is extremely uneven, with sharp coral and pointy rocks, so make sure you wear a wetsuit and take care.
The swell comes in from the west and north-west, whilst the winds come in from the east and south-east. Playa Izquierda's swell size starts at about 1m and grows to 3m, with waves available constantly during both high and low tides. There is only a very narrow stretch of sand here most of the beach is covered in large jagged rocks and pebbles which makes it unsuitable for sunbathing. There are two surfing schools located directly on the beach and a few surfing shops located just off the promenade further into the resort.
Bars and Restaurants
Treat yourself to some typical Canarian cuisine by reserving a table at El Rincon de Pancho in Los Cristianos. Open for lunch and dinner, this casual restaurant serves traditional Canarian dishes with modern, elegant twists. Popular favourites include cod croquettes, chickpea stew, squid rings, cheese plates and even bananas wrapped in bacon. A small tapas menu is also available and work out very good value for money. Daily specials are also advertised on a small blackboard outside the restaurant.
Kaluna Beach Club is one of the newest beach clubs to set up in Tenerife. Located on the sea front in between Puerto Colon and Torviscas, this upmarket beach club is a superb place to soak up the sun on plush sun loungers, enjoy a dip in the pool and listen to the latest tunes played by resident DJs. The drinks menu is full of exotic cocktails made to order, as well as local and imported spirits, wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks. There is also a snack menu available with salads, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. There is a small entry fee you have to pay, but if you spend over a set amount on food and drink when you're inside, your entry fee will be refunded.
Things to do in Tenerife South in August
Make the most of the warm summer weather and sign up for a sailing charter with Canary Charter Yacht Club. This company offers day, weekend and week sailing charters on board a luxurious 12m-long monohull yacht with three double bedrooms. For single-day sailing charters, you can choose between a three-hour private or shared charter during the daytime or at sunset, or a full-day charter.
Both the three-hour and full-day charters will take you to popular wildlife spots to see whales and dolphins, as well as safe swimming spots where you can swim and snorkel to cool down. All day charters can only take a maximum of eight people, include free snacks, drinks and snorkelling equipment and even pick up and drop off at your hotel if you want.
The warm summer sea water temperatures Tenerife South enjoys in August also make it a great month to go diving. TravelSub is based in Puerto Colon and has a team of international qualified divers who organise try dives, PADI-, BSAC- and CMAS-certified dive courses and leisurely diving excursions for beginners, novices and professionals alike. Scuba Travel Sub takes divers to 40 different dive sites across the coastline of the south of the island where you can dive in wrecks, volcanic formations, caves and underwater cliffs.