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The climate of the Canary Islands
TextAlthough the Canary Islands are officially a part of Spain, the climate differs from that of the Spanish mainland. This is because the islands geographically are part of Africa. During the winter it is warmer than on the mainland. During the summer it is not as hot as along the Spanish coasts. However, when an easterly wind blows warm air is supplied from the Sahara and temperatures may rise above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). This type of wind is also known as the Sirocco. When these winds also supply desert dust the phenomenon is known as a Calima. When this happens visibility is almost nil and in combination with the extreme heat things are very unpleasant. However, these conditions are usually short lived. During the winter the weather is often spring like on the Canary Islands. However, during this period bad weather with fierce winds and precipitation are not uncommon. Especially when there is a high pressure area stationary over Western Europe fierce winds and heavy rainfall are not uncommon from November till April.


In many places on the Canary Islands there is a constant wind. A large part of the year a northeasterly wind blows on Lanzarote causing it to feel colder than it actually is. In combination with high UV index figures this may cause your skin to burn quite easily. Winds are also fierce along the Teide volcano on Tenerife. The cable car that takes you to the top of this volcano is often closed because the wind is too strong which may cause dangerous situations.

Drought and forest fires
It is often very dry on the Canary Islands during the summer. This in combination with fierce winds and heat causes a high risk of forest fires. In the areas with vegetation the risk of a fire is quite high during the summer.

Winter sun
The most popular seaside resorts on the islands are very suitable for a winter sun holiday or to spend the entire winter. During the winter the weather is pleasant in most places. Although the weather is not always suitable to spend your day on the beach the islands are very suitable for a winter sun holiday.

Inconvenience caused by precipitation
It does not rain that often on the Canary Islands. However, when precipitation does fall it is often very heavy. Flooding may occur caused by heavy rainfall. The risk of this happening is highest in the northern part of the islands.

Climate information of the Canary Islands
The following climate information is available for the Canary Islands:

El Hierro
Gran Canaria
La Gomera
La Palma
Tenerife north
Tenerife south
Caleta de Fuste
Costa Adeje
Costa Calma
Costa del Silencio
Costa Meloneras
Costa Teguise
El Cotillo
Las Palmas
Los Cristianos
Morro Jable
Playa Blanca
Playa de las Americas
Playa del Inglés
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de Mogán
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto Rico
Santa Cruz


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