Best time to visit Tenerife

The best time to visit Tenerife for a beach holiday is from late-June to late-September, however, anytime from May to mid-October is good for a range of warm-weather activities.

For city tours and excursions to the interior of Tenerife, it's best in April, May and the first half of October – to avoid the summer heat.

To avoid high-season summer crowds visit during spring and autumn when the climate is still pleasantly warm averaging 24°C (75°F).

Tenerife is considered a year-round destination, with year-round sunshine and a mild climate.

Tenerife weather

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, experiences a mild and sunny, subtropical oceanic climate, due to its location in the Atlantic Ocean, just a short distance from the coasts of Morocco and Western Sahara.

Winters are mild and spring-like, while summers are warm and sunny. The prevailing trade winds temper the summer heat. There is also little rainfall, which mainly falls in the period from October to March.

The prevailing northeast trade winds, increase humidity on the northern side of the island, while tempering the heat along the coast during the summer. The winds are stronger in the middle of the day and in the afternoon.

The area most exposed to the wind is the north coast, and also exposed areas of the south-east coast.

The least windy area is the south-west coast, which includes Playa San Juan, Costa Adeje, Playa de Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas: this area is protected by mountains of Teide National Park.

As a mountainous island, Tenerife offers a variety of microclimates that depend on location.

North Coast – The north coast has a cooler climate with summer highs peaking at 24°C (75°F). It also rains more often, and the landscape is quite green even on the coast.

This region is popular with windsurfers as it can be quite windy; the sea is often rough.

Central Mountains – The mountains of Tenerife receive the most rainfall but provide a cool respite from the summer heat. Mount Teide, the highest in Tenerife, is snow-capped during the winter months.

South Coast – The south coast of Tenerife – home to the majority of tourist resorts – offers warm, year-round weather with hot summers.

Summer, from June to September, sees average highs peaking at 30°C (86°F) in August. Trade winds ensure that the heat is rarely uncomfortable.

Rainfall is minimal and seawater temperature averages 23°C (73°F).

Here are the weather averages in the resort of Playa de las Américas, which is located on the southwest coast of Tenerife.

What is the best month to visit Tenerife?
July, August and September are the best months to visit Tenerife especially for a beach holiday – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

However, anytime from May to October is good for a range of warm-weather activities.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Tenerife with greater crowds and higher prices.

Which is the hottest month in Tenerife?
The hottest month in Tenerife is usually August, with an average daily high temperature of 30°C (86°F), with moderate heat and humidity, and a low of 22°C (71°F)

The warm season lasts from early-July to mid-October, with an average daily high temperature above 26°C (78°F).

Which is the coldest month in Tenerife?
The coldest month in Tenerife is January, with an average high-temperature of 22°C (71°F) and an average low-temperature of 15°C (59°F).

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

Which is the sunniest month in Tenerife?
The sunniest month in Tenerife is usually August, with an average of 11 hours of bright sunshine per day – that's an average of 80% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Tenerife?
Tenerife experiences little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 58% – 68% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Tenerife?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature.

The average annual dew point in Tenerife is 14°C (57°F), and varies over the course of the year from dry at 10°C (50°F) to mainly comfortable at 18°C (64°F).

The more humid time of year lasts from July through October, when you can expect the comfort level to be humid on average 10% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Tenerife are August and September, with around 12 days in each month that are humid.

December through May is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are humid.

When is the sea warmest in Tenerife?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Tenerife in September when the water temperature reaches 24°C (75°F), which is warm enough for swimming.

Sea temperature in Tenerife ranges from 19°C (66°F) in February and March to 23-24°C (73-75°F) from August to October, which is warm enough for swimming.

Which month has the most rain in Tenerife?
December is usually the wettest month of the year in Tenerife, with 35mm (1in) of rainfall on average, distributed across five days.

The rainy season lasts from mid-October to late-March, with a greater than 7% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from late-March through to mid-October. The month with the least rain Tenerife is July.

Which is the windiest month in Tenerife?
The windiest month of the year in Tenerife is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 23 kilometres per hour (14 mph; 12 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-June to early-September, with average wind speeds of more than 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 11 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-September to mid-June. The calmest month of the year in Tenerife is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

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

Tenerife Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
22 22 23 24 25 26 28 30 29 28 25 24
Average low temperature (°C)
15 15 15 16 17 19 20 22 21 20 18 16
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 7 8 8 9 10 11 10 9 7 6 5
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 11 10 10
Comfort level – heat
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
Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
- - - - 1 3 7 12 12 8 2 -
Average dew point temperature (°C)
10 10 11 13 14 16 17 18 18 16 14 11
Average relative humidity (%)
58 59 63 65 65 66 65 64 68 66 62 58
UV Index (max)
4 6 8 9 10 11 11 11 9 7 5 4
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 3
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
6 13 5 9 0 0 0 0 1 18 10 24
Average wind speed (km/h)
19 20 20 20 19 20 23 22 18 16 18 19
Average sea temperature (°C)
19 19 19 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 22 21
Playa de las Américas, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Holiday seasons

Peak season: Summer (July and August) and winter (mid-December to mid-January), with many hotels booked out and restaurants and beaches at their most congested.

High season: June and early September. Not quite as bad as August for crowds.

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

Tenerife weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for Tenerife is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 2012 to 2021 by Spain's Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) from the closest weather station: Tenerife South International Airport (TFS), also known as Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport, located in the south of Tenerife around 16km (10mi) from Playa de las Américas.

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.

Latest update: Best time to visit Tenerife: 6 June, 2024

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