Weather in Tenerife is known internationally as an “Island of Eternal Spring”
Attribution of this climatic name occurs thanks to the trade winds (commonly known as the “Alisios” winds). In the areas of the North and Northeast where humidity, mainly condenses. As a result, constituting wide seas of clouds in a range between 600 and 1800 meters high. Thanks to the weather in Tenerife, as a result you can find different conditions around at any time and place.
Its latitude position (Sahara desert) is another factor that influences the mild climate of Tenerife. A cold marine current of the Canary Islands, which in effect cools the temperature of the waters that bathe the coasts and island beaches. Finally, its orography should also be taken into account in this list of agents in charge of making the mention of the slogan above a reality.
Climate & Weather in Tenerife is moderate
In any season of the year the weather is temperate and very mild. There are no periods of cold and no periods of suffocating heat either. Average temperatures are 18 ° C in winter and 25 ° C in summer. Although these are relative and general values. There are important contrasts, such as the one that occurs during the winter months. At this time it is possible to enjoy the sun in coastal areas and, to be able to contemplate the white snowy picture of Mount Teide. A place where it snows every year 3000 meters above sea level.
Sea of clouds on the Island of Tenerife, seen from about 1800 meters of altitude.
Another example of climate contrast would be found in the city of Santa Cruz compared to the city of La Laguna. Municipalities physically linked but distanced in terms of weather conditions. Generally, Santa Cruz has a warm climate throughout the year with temperatures. Significantly higher than those enjoyed in neighboring La Laguna, where it is often a little colder and there is a greater probability of precipitation. Whose climate is also similar to the average temperatures of the north of the mainland of Spain.
The north and south of Tenerife also have different climatic characteristics.
On the windward side, we register 73% of the total precipitations. The relative humidity of the air is superior and the insolation inferior. We record the maximum rainfall on the windward side at an average altitude between 1000-1200m. Almost exclusively in the mountains of La Orotava.
But perhaps it is more significant than the entire north of the island lacks a space in which the average rainfall is less than 250 mm per year. On the other hand, on the southern slope of the island, the rainfall values are significantly lower. The only southern redoubts that are saved from this situation are Masca and Güímar. Probably due to their physical characteristics that allow a greater presence of trade winds.
As an anecdote, it is interesting to know that the European doctors, especially the English and the Dutch, of the past 19th century praised the climate of the north of Tenerife. And recommended it to their patients to alleviate ailments of age and the circulatory system.