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Best time to visit Canary Islands

The best time to visit the Canary Islands is anytime.

The Canary Islands enjoys year-round sunshine with daily summer temperatures averaging 27°C (81°F) and peaking around 30°C (86°F) during the warmest months of July and August.


Canary Islands weather

In summer, hot, dry air blows from the Sahara desert bringing with it these warmer temperatures.

Winter sees occasional stormy wet periods with temperatures in January and February averaging 17°C (62°F). Water temperatures hover around 18°C (64°F) in winter and 22ºC (72°F) in summer.

Typically, the weather in the Canary Islands varies from the north to the south. The northwest coasts of the islands are often cooler and wetter than the south coasts, which are exposed to hot, dry winds blowing across the Atlantic Ocean from the African continent.

As a result, the flora and fauna can also vary from north to south: the northerly coasts are luscious while the southern coasts are typically dry and arid.

In winter, you can experience beach weather in the south but you may need a light sweater in the north.


Seasons

Peak season: August is the major vacation month for most Europeans, with many hotels booked out. Traffic, restaurants and beaches are at their most congested.

High season: June and July; not quite as bad as August for crowds and general congestion.

Low season: Spring and autumn when prices are competitive, with minimal foreign visitors and Spanish tourists, while the temperature is still warm and pleasant.


Canary Islands – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 18 18 19 19 20 22 23 24 24 23 21 19
Ave High Temp (°C) 21 21 22 22 23 25 26 27 27 26 24 22
Ave Low Temp (°C) 15 15 16 16 17 19 20 21 21 20 18 16
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 11 9 8 8 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Comfort Level No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 75 75 70 70 70 75 70 75 75 75 70 75
UV Index 4 6 8 9 10 11 11 11 9 7 5 4
Days with some Rain 8 6 6 5 3 2 1 1 3 7 8 9
Ave Rainfall (mm) 30 30 20 10 9 2 1 1 8 10 20 20
Sea Temp (°C) 14 13 14 15 18 21 24 26 24 22 18 16
(Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET), Spain's meteorological agency.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Canary Islands: 29 July, 2020


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