Get to know the micro-climates and enjoy the weather in Tenerife that is famous for its ideal temperatures and experience the good weather throughout the year.
Climate and meteorology in Tenerife
In general, Tenerife has a mild and spring weather throughout the year with an average temperature of about 23 degrees. That is the reason why it is internationally known as the island of the eternal spring, Being one of the places in Europe with more hours of sun during the year (3000 hours approx.).
However, Tenerife is also characterized by the commonly called microclimates, which consist of abrupt temperature changes depending on the altitude and the orientation. This gives the island a changing climate depending on the zone where you are located. This is due mainly to the abrupt orography of the island combined with the great height you can reach in certain points. Usually, we distinguish three types of natural ecosystems in the island, the heights (higher and colder zones), the medium areas or medianías (zones with an intermediate height above the sea level around 500-800 meters with milder temperatures than the ones in the heights) and the coastal zones that have a better climate and where we usually reach the highest temperatures.
Thanks to the variability of the weather in the island, we can observe very different landscapes throughout the territory, from volcanic landscapes like the ones in the National Park of El Teide, big forests in the medianías, and more desertic landscapes in the coast zones of the south of the island.
The best of the weather in Tenerife and in the Canary Islands, in general, is that the average temperatures are between 20 and 30 degrees, which means that you can enjoy the winter as well as the summer with this mild weather, withouth suffering from periods of extreme coldness or suffocating hotness throughout the year.
The Trade Winds that come from the Atlantic Ocean greatly contribute to this unique weather in the Canary Islands and let us enjoy unique landscapes, especially in the north and northeast side of the higher islands, with the formation of the very well known “sea of clouds” that is usually formed between 600 and 1800 meters of altitude.
As for the rain’s regime, we could consider that the rain season is between October and April, being between November and March the months with the highest probability of precipitations. In the months between May and September, the rain days decrease considerably, being in the summer months of June, July, and August practically non-existent. The rainfall values in the northern part of the Island are considerably higher than those from the southern side, where it barely rains throughout the year.