Located in Tenerife, the weather is generally mild, with some of the summer months getting quite hot and the autumn months getting wetter. The average daily heat sees some variation over the course of the year, though not by a great deal – it is never excessively hot or excessively cold.
Beachwear, hats, and sunscreen are recommended year-round as you will certainly get the chance to spend some time on the sand or by the pool. Bargain holidays can always be found here too as plenty of hotels offer all-inclusive options or cheap deal. British holidaymakers in particular are known for flocking here no matter what time of year it may be, thanks to the enjoyable climate and the popularity of the resort.
For the hottest months of the year, look to June, July, August, and September. The temperatures can soar on an average basis from around 21°C to 24°C and highs reach 29°C, with very little variation between. August is definitely the peak month for summer weather, holding the title for the highest average sea temperature, highest hours of sunshine, and the hottest temperatures overall.
Average low temperatures start at 20°C and go up to highs of 29°C, and while this does cover a wide range of temperatures, you know that no matter what happens it’s going to be warm. The best news is that these are the driest months of the year: across all 4 months, you are likely to see only 9 days of rain, which leaves a whole lot of time without any whatsoever. Even when the rain comes it will be very brief, with just 2mm of rain falling in July. If you want to be almost certain of avoiding rain, come before September, when the number increases to 19mm as autumn approaches.
It’s still important to keep an eye on the forecast, even if only to find out when the peaks of temperature will be. These could be somewhat dangerous if you are not prepared to deal with them, using the proper sun protection. The average sea temperature moves between 21°C and 23°C, so a comfortable swim is guaranteed – just remember that the water will wash off any sunscreen and it will need to be reapplied.
A relatively short autumn visits the islands, starting in October and already dying away in November. These two months see a big change in the weather as the wet season starts. Up from 19mm of rain in September, October suddenly sees 52mm, with 93mm following in November. A longer amount of time is also spent with the rain coming down, moving up to a week per month.
The temperatures, however, are still mild. You will find that the average daily temperature does not drop below 21°C, and average highs can head up into the mid-20s still. Even the lows are not so dramatic, with the average for November being 19°C. There are less hours of sun than the summer months, with 10 and 9 hours a day respectively, but it is still a long enough day to achieve everything that you want to.
Sea temperatures remain steady at 22-23°C, which is great news for those who want to go swimming. The beaches might still be crowded too, although with children going back to European schools in September, the ratio shifts more towards adult holidaymakers.
The lowest temperatures of the year come between December and March. January is the coldest month of the lot at an average of 18°C, rising up to 19°C again for March as the spring starts to come along. The lowest points on average can be around 16°C during the daytime, a constant from January through to the end of winter.
There are longer winters and summers here, which means that although the weather may only be mild rather than cold, it does last for a good while. It is one of the wetter seasons, too: 92mm of rain fall in December, followed by 86mm, 69mm, and 55mm in the following months. The good news, however, is that even over this whole period there will only be 19 days of rain, so you can still very easily fit in a dry holiday so long as luck is on your side.
It is the darkest time of year, with only 7 hours of sunshine a day in December. This is followed by 9 hours in January and February, and 10 hours in March. The sea temperature does not fall too badly: it remains between 19°C and 20°C all winter, which means it is still warm enough to go swimming whenever you want to, especially if you are brave and don’t mind the chiller waves.
In April and May, springtime comes to Puerto de Santiago. The average sea temperature remains steady at 19°C, while the average daily temperature on land goes from 19°C to 20°C. It’s all fairly straightforward with only mild and gradual changes in the weather, as the lows of 16°C and highs of 24°C can attest.
The main change that occurs over the spring is the drop in rainfall. April sees 40mm, but in May there are only 18mm, so this means the dry season has finally begun again. When you take into account the drier and warmer temperatures versus the lower numbers of tourists, this may in fact be the best time of year to visit the Canary Islands.
There are around 11 hours of sunshine a day across both of the spring months, so you can rely on sunrise and sunset to be roughly the same time throughout your holiday.
The only real weather hazards that you will see anywhere in the Canary Islands is the rough seas. When the wind picks up a little some areas of the coast can become choppy, especially where there are rocky areas near to or on the beach. Keep an eye out for beaches with lifeguards and weather warnings – the most popular beaches near to Puerto de Santiago all have these, so you should be safe.
Keep an eye on the warning flags, which tell you how rough the sea is: these will be updated constantly to reflect the current situation, and you should always pay attention to them. Ignoring them could put yourself at danger of injury.
The main problem faced by holidaymakers here is the sun, which often causes severe sunburns to those who are not prepared for it. If you are sitting out on the beach or by the pool, sunscreen is essential. You should also make sure that there is someone who will keep an eye on you and wake you up if you fall asleep in the sun for too long, so that you can reapply the lotion and prevent burns. You should also watch out for the volcanic black sand, which can become much hotter than white sand and may even be too hot for bare feet.