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Climate and weather of the Canary Islands



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Canary Islands




 

Climate

 
The Canary Islands have a subtropical climate with a short rainy season and a long dry season.

Temperatures range between 20° in winter and 28° in summer (they sometimes reach 30°). The climate is cooler in the mountains located in the center of each island (frost occurs sometimes and some snow occasionally falls above 1 900 meters. Rainfall is moderate (750 mm per year on the northern coasts of the islands and 250 mm per year on the other shores). Sunshine is very high throughout the year (2 800 hours). Sea temperature ranges from 22° C in summer to 17° in winter.

Dry season (March to October)
Temperatures range from 22 to 28° (they lose about 5° at night) and rainfall is very low (28 dry days in May) or nonexistent (30 dry days in July and August). Heavy rains sometimes fall in April. They cause a strong momentary drop in temperatures (16°). Sunshine is very high (nine to eleven hours a day).

Rainy season (November to February)
Temperatures are stable (20 to 21°). They are sometimes high (28°) in February when a warm wind goes through the Canary Islands. The rains usually fall during nine days each month (they are higher on the northern coasts of the islands of the archipelago than on the other coasts because the ancient volcanoes of each island block most humid clouds). Sunshine is high (six hours per day)

 When to go to the Canary Islands (pleasant climate) 
The climate of the Canary Islands is pleasant during the following months :

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

Las Palmas (Co-capital of the Canary Islands)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
20°
20°
21°
21°
22°
23°
min
15°
15°
15°
15°
17°
18°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
25°
26°
26°
25°
22°
21°
min
20°
21°
21°
20°
17°
15°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
20
20
10
10
...
...
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
...
...
...
10
30
30

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Co-capital of the Canary Islands)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
21°
21°
22°
23°
24°
27°
min
15°
15°
16°
16°
17°
19°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
29°
30°
28°
27°
24°
22°
min
21°
22°
22°
20°
18°
16°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
40
30
20
10
…
…
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
…
…
10
20
40
50

Weather data (temperatures and precipitation) for the Canary Islands are derived from monthly averages established over the last twenty years.

Canary Islands weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
The Canary archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Morocco and south of Madeira.

Capitals: Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Area: 7 000 km²
Population: 2 000 000 inhabitants
Language: Spanish
Currency: Euro

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