Playa de Papagayo Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of the busiest and largest islands of the Canary Islands. It is the neighbor of the island of Fuerteventura, located north-east from it. Its landscape varies between coastlines of beaches, mountain ranges, and even deserts, and is popular among tourists who are interested in exploring its vast landscapes that were created by thousands of years of volcanic activities and lava flows.

One of its most visited attractions is the Timanfaya National Park, which stretches over the central-west of this island closest to the coast of Morocco. As it is situated so close to West Africa, its weather conditions can often be drier than on its neighboring islands, as little rainfall is to be expected, especially during the summer months.

Lanzarote is usually affected by the hot sirocco winds, which comes from the Mediterranean sea, and occurs as warm and dry air is pulled over Western Sahara towards the coast of West Africa, mixing with the colder winds of the Atlantic Ocean. The island has a climate that can be described most accurately as subtropical.

Ruins Near Caleta de Famara, Lanzarote
Have a relaxing walk by the shore and the nearby ruins. – ©Wiki05

JANUARY

Despite January technically being a winter month, you can expect quite a bit of sunshine in Lanzarote during this time of the year. Average temperatures can be found around 21°C, which is a far cry from what the rest of Europe will have to offer in January. The evenings can cool down to approximately 13°C at times, and yet the sea will maintain a comfortable 19°C, which is still ideal for a little dip during the day. In the winter you can expect wetter days, however, at around 16mm precipitation, these showers are likely to be light and sporadic only.

FEBRUARY

Similar to the conditions in January, February weather will keep the temperatures at around 21°C, with a pleasant 11 hours of sunlight per day, making it an attractive winter holiday destination unlike most. Temperatures at night may dip to around 13°C, still a far cry from having to worry about frost, and you are likely to feel very cozy dining al fresco in the evenings with merely a sweater on. The sea temperature can be found at around 18°C, still making it possible to continue on with watersports at the height of winter.

MARCH

March in Lanzarote will mark the start of spring, with average temperatures already rising to a warm 23°C in the daytime. The chances of rainfall slowly dissipate as you come closer to the summer months, with an average of 14mm. The average amount of daylight per day will be at 12 hours, with the sun beginning to set later in the evening. The temperature of the sea can be found at around 18°C, while the humidity slowly rises to approximately 80%.

APRIL

Lanzarote in April will be similar to March in terms of weather conditions, with the only difference being the precipitation of rainfall, which drops down to around 5mm. Your days will seem longer and longer, with about 12 hours of sunlight available for soaking up some rays and outdoor activities. The average temperature of the sea will slowly start to rise in April, with an average of 19°C, while the average daily temperature of 24°C will definitely have you spending more time by the beach.

MAY

May marks the start of the summer, with chances of rain almost at zero, as you can expect a mere 2mm of rain per month. The days will be brighter, giving you 13 hours of sunlight per day. An average temperature of 25°C can be expected, with some spikes in temperature that can be attributed to the wind coming from Western Sahara. While the days can already be quite summery and hot in May, the evening temperatures can still dip to around 15°C, offering a much-needed cool-off after a long day in the sun.

JUNE

Lanzarote in June can have the warmest temperatures of all the Canary Islands because it is closest to Western Sahara. This brings the chances of rain down to almost zero, as the dry months become more and more apparent in June. Eastern trade winds will occasionally help cool you down, as the average temperatures reach a balmy 26°C during the day. Swimming in the sea will become even more of a pleasure as its temperatures can be found at an average of 21°C, with 14 hours of average daylight to enjoy it fully.

Kitesurfing in Playa de Famara
Playa de Famara is a paradise for different kinds of surfing – ©profile_nmessana

JULY

July on the island of Lanzarote will see a spike in its daily temperatures, likely to prompt you to seek refuge by the sea, as it hits a sizzling 28°C on average. The humidity is expected to soar to a whopping 85%, and the beaches will be more crowded than usual. On these long summer months it is essential to remember to use proper UV protection, to shield you from the blistering days on the island. The sea’s temperature will stay steady at 21°C – and with the sun setting around 9pm, dips in the evening can become a real pleasure.

AUGUST

The temperatures in Lanzarote will reach a high around August, with a scorching 29°C being the average temperature you can expect. At times, this may change drastically, on days when the Sahara wind blows over the island, bringing dust and dryness with it. These days are best spent on the beach, as the water’s temperature stays at a lovely 22°C, with 13 hours of daylight to take advantage of. UV levels will be at their highest, so it is recommended to leave the house only when protected with sunscreen, and with plenty of liquids in tow.

SEPTEMBER

In September, you will see the weather slowly change, as the summer officially comes to a close. The weather in Lanzarote will gradually include slight rain showers, although these will rarely reach more than 2mm. The average temperature will often linger at around 28°C, with a slight chance of sudden hot weather as September is usually the month that marks the hottest days of the year as recorded. The sea temperature is still as comfortable as it can get, with an average of around 22°C.

Coach Tour Timanfaya Lanzarote
Sharp Turns and Curves – ©emzet70

OCTOBER

The coming winter months bring shorter days to Lanzarote, and in October the average daylight will drop down to 11 hours on average. Average temperatures can still hit a balmy 27°C, making days spent outdoors more than possible. The nighttime temperatures will stay at around 18°C, making dining outdoors easy without having to wear many layers. The sun can be expected to set about 7:30pm, slowly cutting the days shorter.

NOVEMBER

November temperatures in Lanzarote can still be warmer than summer in most places in Europe, however, during these months you are likely to see much more rainfall than in the summer. Precipitation of rain can be gauged at an average of 14mm, as the weather becomes less predictable and brings in erratic showers and dips in temperature. You can still expect around 24°C during the day, with about 11 hours of daylight on average. Surprisingly, the sea’s temperature stays at a pleasant 21°C even in November, making up for the occasional rains.

DECEMBER

Despite the drop in daily temperature, December in Lanzarote sees many tourists flocking in to enjoy an average of 22°C. As the days become shorter at 10 hours of sunlight, the average rainfall continues to rise to around 28mm on average. The evenings can still be mild at 14°C, and al fresco dining is still possible on the days when the sky is clear. For those who are avid fans of watersports, days spent in the sea will be pleasant enough with an average temperature of 20°C, even during Christmas and into the new year.

MORE ABOUT THE WEATHER IN LANZAROTE

The little rainfall you will experience on this island is concentrated mostly in the winter months, as the summers tend to be hot and dry. This is also due to the sirocco winds, which can cause the air to be dusty as well. Because of its location and close proximity to between Africa and the Atlantic, its temperatures will only dip and rise minimally, even between the summer and winter months.

Those traveling to Lanzarote should take note on a few things before they plan their holiday. The climate all over the island is relatively steady, especially throughout the months between May and October, as this is the dry season, and carries the least risk of rainfall. The location of your destination should also be considered – if you are traveling towards the north of Lanzarote especially, the weather has a higher chance of being erratic. Top stops such as Haria in the north and Teguise in the east can have a higher chance of rain and clouds, as it is closer to the Atlantic ocean.

Rare rain in Lanzarote
Rare rain in Lanzarote, View of the vieyards in the rain – © Liliya Sayfeeva

If you plan to venture to the south of Lanzarote, such as popular resort towns like Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, you are most likely to find that the climate is dry and warm, even if it is milder in the north. As this area is closest to Western Sahara, it stands to benefit from its more temperate climate altogether. This also means that the summer months in the south have a higher chance of dust storms and extreme winds, which can often cause the temperature to spike, causing hot and dry days best spent close to the sea.