What's the Weather like in Tenerife South in September
Along with August, September is one of the warmest months of the year for Tenerife South, Canary Islands, when the skies are clear, sunshine is practically guaranteed every day and the chance of rainfall is minimal.
During this month, the average temperature for the south of the island is 25⁰C, created by average highs of 28⁰C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 21⁰C in the coldest part of the night. Daily averages fluctuate between 26⁰C and 25⁰C for the first fortnight of the month, before they drop down to 25⁰C-24⁰C for the remainder of the month.
This makes the first week of September the hottest time to visit Tenerife South. If you're not a fan of the heat and would rather visit the island when the temperature is a bit cooler, forget about going in September and plan your holiday for June or November instead, when the average temperature is around 22⁰C and the average high is 25⁰C.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife South in September is 41.8⁰C, which was registered at Tenerife South Airport on September 6th 1986. The coldest temperature ever recorded here is 16.6⁰C, which was registered on September 30th 2007.
July 2007 was the hottest July Tenerife South ever experienced, which makes it all the more unusual that August 2007 and September 2007 were both the coldest Augusts and Septembers that the south of the island has ever known.
Tenerife South can be affected by calimas at any time of year, however they're a lot more noticeable and severe when they happen in summer. For a calima to occur, trade winds (which usually blow in from the north east) need to blow in directly from the east, crossing over the Sahara Desert in northern Africa along the way. When the winds come in from this direction, they bring with them very high temperatures (usually up to 10⁰C hotter than normal) and a high concentration of sand and dust particles in the air which cause low visibility.
On September 7th and 8th 2011, the Canarian MET office issued a yellow alert for high temperatures of up to 35⁰C caused by a calima for the west, south and east of Tenerife. If you find the high temperatures of a calima unbearable, you're best off staying inside your accommodation and turning on the air-con or hitting the coast on the south eastern part of the island, such as in El Medano. Since this part of the island is almost always affected by strong winds, the temperatures will feel slightly cooler than in the holiday resorts where the wind isn't blowing.
When you visit Tenerife South in September, you probably won't see any rainfall. On average, the region experiences just 4mm of precipitation which falls on one rainy day during the whole month. If you are unlucky enough to get some of the wet stuff during your holiday in September, it will most likely be drizzle (which occurs on 33% of days with precipitation), light rain (32%) or moderate rain (27%).
The chance of rainfall occurring steadily increases as the month develops, starting off at just 5% on September 1st and rising up to 7% by September 11th, 9% by September 21st and peaking at 10% by September 30th. With this in mind, if you want to avoid rainfall, your best bet is to visit at the beginning of the month. Although with an average rainfall amount of just 4mm, rainfall is very unlikely to affect your holiday in Tenerife South.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Tenerife South in September is 19.2mm which fell during September 1990. The 23rd of this month was declared the wettest September day ever, when 13.7mm fell within a single 24-hour period. However, September 2009 was the September which saw the highest number of wet days six.
Average Sunshine Hours
Over the course of a typical September, Tenerife South enjoys an average of seven hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which progressively increases as the month develops. Median cloud coverage begins at 31% on September 1st and rises up to 38% by September 30th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 44% of the time, partly cloudy 18% and mostly cloudy/overcast 14%.
Average Sea Temperature
Thanks to Tenerife's year-round warm climate, the sea is always warm enough for swimming in. In September, the average sea temperature for the waters surrounding the south of the island is 23⁰C the hottest sea temperature Tenerife South ever sees.
The relative humidity for Tenerife South in September is 68%, ranging between 53% (mildly humid) and 82% (humid), rarely dropping below 37% (comfortable) or exceeding 91% (very humid). The air is at its driest around September 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around September 22nd, when it rises above 78% (humid) three days out of four.
During an average September in Tenerife South, typical wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 10 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely going over 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around September 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around September 26th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
Tenerife South Hotels in September
Hotel Isabel is a reasonably priced luxury four-star hotel in Fañabe in the south of Tenerife. Ideal for couples who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday, this hotel has a wellness centre with sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, cold plunge pool and massage services, plus a well-equipped gym which is free to use. For kids there are two swimming pools, free WiFi access, kids' club and organised games. Foodies will enjoy the Adeje Buffet Restaurant which serves Canarian, Mediterranean and International cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus the Drago Disco which hosts live entertainment, the Hall Bar-Café which also offers live entertainment and the Pool Snack Bar Restaurant and Roof Terrace which serves tapas and casual meals outdoors.
There is loads to see and do in the immediate area the golden sands of Playa del Duque are only 500m away, the market (every Thursday and Saturday morning) is a two minute walk away and the nearest bars, shops and restaurants are found directly outside the hotel. Accommodation comes in the form of 413 double rooms, accessible rooms, family rooms and suites. Each guestroom features private balcony, air conditioning, satellite TV and marble bathroom, all decorated in warm colours with typical Canarian wooden furniture. Family rooms come with a sofa bed and can sleep up to four guests, whilst the junior suites are the largest room types and are decorated in earthy colours to reflect Tenerife's volcanic nature.
If you'd rather stay in Los Cristianos, consider Hotel Reveron Plaza. Located in the town's main square where you'll find hundreds of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops selling everything from clothing and jewellery to electronics and perfumes, this four-star hotel is also just a two-minute walk away from Los Cristianos beach. Decorated in a traditional way in a classy style which dates back to the previous century, this hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool with views of Mount Teide and the Los Cristianos port, the Mirador Plaza restaurant on the fourth floor, combined games and reading room, and a modern fitness room with training instructors, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and shower sensations. Guests can choose between classically-designed double and triple rooms, each of which has air conditioning, TV, balcony and private bathroom.
Hotel Rural San Miguel is perfect for holidaymakers in search of a rural retreat in Tenerife South. Found in the old quarter of San Miguel de Abona, this rustic hotel is situated just a one-minute walk from several Canarian restaurants and a five-minute walk from the centre of the village where you'll find banks, supermarkets, shops, bars and more restaurants. A world away from typical hotels in Tenerife, Hotel Rural San Miguel is comprised of two large town houses which date back to the 17th century one used to be a farmhouse and one used to be a stately mansion.
There are nine different rooms within the hotel, each of which is unique with a different layout, furniture and colour scheme. All the furniture within the hotel is from the original period and each piece has been carefully restored. Within the hotel's grounds there are several flower- and plant-filled gardens, seating areas, an indoor thermal pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, several patios, help yourself bar, typical Canarian dining rooms with wooden beamed ceilings and outdoor breakfast terraces with authentic stone walls.
Casa Rural Anton Piche is another top pick when it comes to rural accommodation in Tenerife South. Located in Granadilla de Abona, this hotel is a ten-minute drive away from El Medano, where you'll find several beaches, bars, restaurants and bohemian-style surf shops. If you go inland, you'll find the centre of the village just three-minutes away, with more Canarian bars, restaurants and shops.
The hotel is set inside a rural historic house which was renovated in 1998 without comprising its traditional Canarian architecture. Guests can choose between several individually-styled one-bedroom apartments, each of which has a double bed, private bathroom, TV, WiFi access and small terrace. There is a fully-equipped kitchen onsite for guests to share, plus barbecue facilities, vegetable garden and a salon where you can enjoy local wine whilst playing with the board games and cards provided. Within the grounds there is also an outdoor terrace with furniture and free parking.
Tenerife South Beach for September
Situated in the bustling resort of Playa de Las Americas, Playa Troya is within walking distance of a plethora of hotels, bars, restaurants, mini markets and souvenir shops, making it ideally-located. This black sandy beach is full of sun loungers and parasols which are available to hire, but there is plenty of open space, too, if you'd prefer to lie your towel down directly on the sand.
The shore gently slopes into the sea which is protected on either side by long rocky breakwaters which stretch quite far out. These breakwaters mean that Playa Troya is very rarely affected by large waves even if it's windy. Lifeguards, changing rooms, toilets and showers are also found on the beach, with ample paid parking nearby.
If you're new to surfing or bodyboarding and want somewhere safe to have a go, spend some time at La Peraltera in Las Galletas. Found just to the east of the village's harbour, this beach consistently has small waves of 0.5m-1m the perfect height for newbie surfers and bodyboarders.
What's more unlike Playa Izquierda in Playa de Las Americas which is always full of experienced surfers this beach is usually frequented by learners and children, so you won't get in anyone's way. The swell here comes in from the south and south east, whilst the wind comes in from the north and the north west. If you do decide to surf or bodyboard here, keep in mind that the floor is incredibly sharp and rocky. There are no services or facilities onsite, but you'll find many cafes, bars, seafood restaurants and shops directly behind the beach.
Bars and Restaurants
If you're staying in Golf del Sur, consider dining at Fifty Five. Located in the middle square at San Blas, this restaurant specialises in Canarian and Mediterranean cuisine served in a casual, open-air atmosphere. Here you can try everything from tuna tartare, white fish ceviche and octopus risotto to fillet steak, paprika chicken breast and mushroom risotto, providing something for everyone carnivores, fish lovers and vegetarians alike.
For something more sophisticated, make a reservation at Martini in San Eugenio. This restaurant offers an air-conditioned indoor terrace and an open-air outdoor terrace which looks out over the sea. The menu is made up of a great range of Mediterranean dishes, with a strong focus on Italian specialities, so expect lots of pizzas, grilled meats, grilled fish and pasta dishes. The dessert menu is more international and features ice cream, cheesecake and banofee pie amongst many others. Most diners are also treated to a complementary glass of champagne upon arrival.
Things to do in Tenerife South in September
Tenerife South is a top scuba diving destination all-year-round and September is no exception. If you want to try scuba diving during your holiday, sign up for an excursion with Aqua Marina. Based at the Compostela Beach resort on Playa de Las Vistas beach, this diving school offers excursions and PADI-certified courses for adults and children alike. Most of the dives carried out by Aqua Marina aren't done on the coast you need to travel out to sea on board a 7.5m RIB from either Los Cristianos harbour or Las Galletas harbour to reach them. Dive sites in the Los Cristianos area (the area closest to the diving school) are 6m-40m deep and cover everything from ship wrecks and underwater walls to volcanic formations and coral reefs.
If you'd rather stay above the water, check out Tenerfly. This company organises paragliding trips which you can do on your own or in a pair. Based in Adeje, Tenerfly takes people out on 25-minute flights at heights of up to 800m in the Izaña area in Taucho and 60-minute flights at heights of up to 950m in the Ifonche region. There is also a 45-minute trip available over the Teide National Park which begins in the Orotava Valley and guarantees views over Puerto de La Cruz, before flying along the southern beaches of the island. If you want a more involved experience, Tenerfly also offers paragliding classes which let you control your own paraglider.