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Tenerife Weather

Tenerife is the island of eternal spring. It’s a beautiful phrase but local people have noticed the changes of the climate here. More frequently come rainclouds and a wind with Calima. The only one thing remains the same — the weather is unpredictable. No one weather forecast can guarantee to you indicated weather. Sunny day can be promised but finally it will be cloudy or vice versa rainy day is promised and the sun burns more than in summer. But there are some regularities. For example, if it’s sunny on the South of the island then on the North of the island it’s cloudy and vice versa. The reason of this difference is Teide, the volcano is so high that divide the island in two big climate zones. Clouds coming from the South can’t pass to the North and from the North to the South. Of course this division is optional, the scientists have proved that there are more climatic zones in Tenerife. Also it’s surprising when it’s shining in Las Americas and only 10 km more far it’s cloudy o raining. Normally the weather forecast on a day is defined between 9 and 11 am. Some persons travel around the island looking for the sun.
Conditionally it’s possible to allocate on the island 4 seasons.
May June July August September
The end of May — the beginning of September — summer season, sunny and comfortable, it’s warm in the South and in the North, in the North the weather is more mild in this period. In the South temperature can rise up to 30 degrees. The ocean is about 23-24 degrees, in the North can be more fresh. The sun is very deceptively the tan occurs in the evening so you can get sunburnt and don’t feel it. The sun is really strong between 1 pm and 3 pm. The South looks like desert and in the same time the North is blooming and turn green.
September October November
In-between season, when the weather is still warm but start to change and it’s noticed by increasing of number of cloudy days and strong rains. Especially in the North of the island. The temperature in the South is between 20-25 degrees, in the North it’s a little lower, the ocean still remains the temperature about 21 degrees. In this season it’s better to have with you some jacket or jersey for the evening and may be raincoat and closed shoes.
December January February
Winter on the island is deeply felt in the North, there local people wear warm jackets and hats, temperature doesn’t reach 18 degrees in day time and 11 degrees in night time. In the South temperature is 16 degrees in night time and about 20 degrees in day time. There are not so many sunny days like in summer, but lovers of sunbathing can catch some sun. The ocean is warm in the South due to the change of currents about 19-20 degrees, and 18-19 degrees in the North. In this period waves become higher that is perfect for surfers, the coldest month is February. In this season it’s better to have with you jerseys, pants and windbreakers especially in the evening when the sun goes down and a cold wind is felt. These months the nature of Tenerife is blooming, almond trees are flowering and others. The South turns from desert to green paradise and the North is like jungle.
March, Abril, May
It’s an in-between season, there cloudy days or even weeks and rains. In-between seasons are especially unpredictable that’s why take with you pants and jerseys, shorts and t-shirts. The temperature is about 18-23 degrees in the South and a few degrees lower in the North. The ocean starts to warmer.
Wind on the island.
Wind on the island is worth to be paid attention, it’s unpredictable, it’s a reason of many disappointments. Usually it’s strong and gusty, it brings sandstorms, rainclouds and cold air. There are some zones on the island where such wind is more frequent and for example in Medano close the South airport it’s a permanent thing. This is the reason for calling this zone a paradise for kite surfers and windsurfers. Be careful choosing this area for vacation. Normally wind is more strong in winter and in-between seasons but there are exceptions.
Sand storm (Calima)
More and more frequently happens a nature phenomenon so called Calima — sand storm. It follows a strong wind, it’s more right to say that a wind from desert Sahara brings Calima. You will not see clouds of sand, it’s noticed by the air coming hot, the sky turning cloudy, but the sun is visible. If you have a look at mountains you will see them unclear and everything on the streets is covering with black or red dust. In such moments don’t stay too long in the sun and use sunscreen cream. The sun is especially dangerous during Calima. Allergies may worsen and appear new ones because a sand in this wind brings different particles. Try don’t open windows for escape from the dust inside. Drink more water and protect yourself from the sun. The rest will be fine and will not cause problems. Usually it lasts from a day to a week and goes away with wind or rain.
The Teide.
Weather on the Teide is different from the island. The altitude of the mountain is almost 4 km that’s why temperature is lower but if it’s shiny the sun is felt very strong. In summer temperature is between 16-20 degrees and in-between seasons 11-17 degrees. In winter it can be −2 degree. On the top of the Teide temperature is lower −5 degrees in winter and +6 degrees in summer. It’s the only place where you can find snow in winter and play snowballs. It’s one of the favorite entertainment for local people especially for immigrated Slavs.