Best time to visit Tenerife

The best time to visit Tenerife for a beach holiday is from May to mid-October.

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

The best weather generally occurs during the months of July, August and September. However, to avoid the summer, high-season crowds visit during spring and autumn when the climate is still pleasantly warm averaging 24°C (75°F).

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.

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 29°C (84°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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island's largest city which is located on the northeast coast of Tenerife.

Which is the hottest month in Tenerife?
The hottest month in Tenerife is usually August, with an average daily high temperature of 29°C (84°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 sunniest month in Tenerife?
The sunniest month in Tenerife is usually August, with an average of 10 hours of bright sunshine per day – that's an average of 74% of daylight hours.

Which is the coldest month in Tenerife?
The coldest month in Tenerife is January, with an average high-temperature of 21°C (69°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 month has the most rain in Tenerife?
December is usually the wettest month of the year in Tenerife, with 35mm of rainfall on average. There are usually five days with some rainfall.

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.

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 the windiest month in Tenerife?
The windiest month of the year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 23 kilometres per hour (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 (10 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-September to mid-June. The calmest month of the year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (8 knots).

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

Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Monthly Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max temp (°C)
21 21 22 23 24 26 28 29 28 26 24 22
Average daily min temp (°C)
15 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 22 20 18 16
Daily hours of sunshine
6 7 8 8 8 9 10 9 8 7 6 6
Daily hours of daylight
11 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 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 (%)
65 65 65 65 65 65 60 65 70 70 65 70
UV Index (max)
4 6 8 9 10 11 11 11 9 7 5 4
Number of days with some rainfall
4 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 5 5
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
30 35 30 10 5 0 0 5 5 25 35 35
Average wind speed (km/h)
19 20 20 20 19 20 23 22 18 16 18 19
Average daily sea temp (°C)
19 19 19 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 22 21
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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 – Monthly Review

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May June July August
September October November December

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.

Latest update: Best time to visit Tenerife: 9 August, 2022