The Canary Islands are just 300km west of the Sahara desert, making their climate much warmer in winter than in Britain. The Gulf and Trade Winds that sweep the island prevent it from becoming as hot as the desert area.
The weather in Southern Tenerife can be very different from Northern Tenerife and the variation is created by the mountain range between the two. The North of Tenerife has a more more lush tropical appearance and also more rain than the south. The climate here is better suited for the numerous banana plantations and exotic plants in the Oratavia Valley.
Statistics show that Tenerife features the lowest temperature difference between summer and winter for anywhere in the world, making it an ideal all year round holiday destination. Spring temperatures dominate throughout the year averaging between 20-22ºC. During the cooler days the thermometer doesn’t fall much lower than 15ºC and rarely gets higher than 30ºC on the hotter days.
Tenerife is called the “Island of eternal Spring” because of its temperate climate and abundant vegetation in the North, but the Passat winds which blow through the high mountains and the cool sea currents means that it is always wise to pack a jacket if you re visiting or staying in the north.
Choosing a Car
The weather in Tenerife really is hot enough for you to put the air conditioning on during the spring and autumn months. Most of the hire cars come with it for a small amount extra, and if you are visiting the Canary Islands over the winter months (their high season) we strongly recommend that you get an air cooled car.