Best time to visit Lanzarote

The best time to visit Lanzarote for a beach holiday is from late-June to late-September.

For city tours and excursions to the interior of the island, it's best to go in April, May and the first half of October so avoiding the summer heat.

However, Lanzarote is considered a year-round destination, with plenty of sunshine and a mild climate.

Lanzarote weather

Lanzarote – the most north-eastern of the Canary Islands – experiences a desert climate, with mild winters and warm, sunny summers.

Together with nearby Fuerteventura, Lanzarote is exposed to a hot, dry wind, due to its location in the Atlantic Ocean, a short distance from the coasts of Morocco and Western Sahara.

The prevailing northest trade winds temper the summer heat. There is little annual rainfall.

Here are weather averages for Arrecife, the island's capital, located on the southeast coast of Lanzarote.

What is the best month to visit Lanzarote?
July, August and September are the best months to visit Lanzarote – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Lanzarote.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and extreme heat of summer, the months of April, May, June, October and November are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Lanzarote?
The hottest month in Lanzarote is usually August, with an average daily high temperature of 29°C (84°F), moderate heat and humidity, and a low of 21°C (69°F)

However, on the warmest days of the month the temperature may reach 35°C (94°F)

The hot season lasts from early-July to early-October, with an average daily high temperature above 27°C (80°F).

Which is the coldest month in Lanzarote?
The coldest month in Lanzarote is January, with an average high-temperature of 21°C (69°F) and an average low-temperature of 14°C (57°F).

The cool season lasts from early-December to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 22°C (71°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Lanzarote?
The sunniest month in Lanzarote is usually August, with an average of 9.5 hours of bright sunshine per day – that's an average of 74% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Lanzarote?
Lanzarote experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 68% – 73% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from July through October, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 15% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Lanzarote are August and September, with around 16 days in each month that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

December through April is generally comfortable, with less than one day in any month that is muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Lanzarote?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Lanzarote in September when the water temperature reaches 22°C (71°F), which is barely acceptable for swimming.

Due to the cool Canary Current, which flows to the west of Morocco, the sea around Lanzarote is generally cool year-round.

Which month has the most rain in Lanzarote?
December is usually the wettest month of the year in Lanzarote, with 20mm (‹1in) of rainfall on average, distributed across three days.

The rainy season lasts from mid-November to mid-February.

The dry season lasts from mid-February through to mid-November.

Which is the windiest month in Lanzarote?
The windiest month of the year in Lanzarote is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 27 kilometres per hour (17 mph; 15 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-May to early-September, with average wind speeds of more than 23 kilometres per hour (14 mph; 12 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-September to late-May. The calmest month of the year in Lanzarote is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 19 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 10 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lanzarote varies throughout the year.

Lanzarote Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
21 21 23 24 25 26 28 29 28 26 24 22
Average low temperature (°C)
14 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 21 19 17 15
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 7 8 8 9 9 10 9 8 7 7 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Comfort level
No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon
Average relative humidity (%)
70 70 70 68 68 69 69 70 73 73 71 72
UV Index (max)
4 6 8 9 10 11 11 11 9 7 5 4
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
3 2 2 1 - - - - - 2 3 3
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
15 15 10 5 - - - - - 15 15 20
Average wind speed (km/h)
22 23 23 23 23 25 27 26 21 19 21 22
Average sea temperature (°C)
19 18 18 18 19 20 21 22 22 21 21 20
Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Holiday 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.

Source: Meteorological data for Lanzarote is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) – Spain's meteorological agency – from the closest weather station: Lanzarote Airport (ACE), also known as Arrecife Airport, located around 5km (3mi) southwest of the island's capital, Arrecife.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Lanzarote weather: 12 May, 2024

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