Tenerife is the only island where you can find the high mountain climate with mild temperatures along the coast. This variety of microclimates is determined by the height and area (north or south). For example in February, you can go from snow and subzero temperatures in Teide Mountain, to be on the beach about 25 degrees of temperature in the south of the island. All this in a short hour drive.
In Tenerife you can find a highly variable climate and can change quickly. While in the south of the island most of the year there are warm temperatures in the north and the metropolitan area of Santa Cruz – La Laguna, weather is not as reliable. Although it may seem incredible, Teide is covered with snow almost every winter. Average temperatures range goes from 18 degrees in winter to 26 degrees in summer, and some times, during the summer, it can reach 30 or 35 degrees.
La Laguna is a very special case.The name of La Laguna comes from the fact that the city was built where once there was a lagoon. Today is gone, but the humidity is high throughout the year, which is why it rains regularly especially in autumn and winter and temperatures often drop to 10 or 15 °C. For this reason the feeling in La Laguna in autumn and winter is quite cold. La Laguna is located approximately 600 meters above sea level and is surrounded by small mountains.
“Alisios” winds are what make the climate of the Canary Islands so smooth. They are light, cool and wet winds coming to the islands from the northeast with many clouds, which are the source of the “sea of clouds”. “Alisios” winds make that in La Laguna it rains between November and February. However, in Santa Cruz, there is usually 4 or 5 degrees warmer than in La Laguna, because the proximity of the sea and the lower altitude. In winter, temperatures rarely dip below 10 degrees. During the summer, maximum temperatures often reach 30 degrees and in specific cases up to 35.
Being close to Africa and the tropics, the sun’s rays are more vertical and stronger, making it necessary to use sunscreen with a high protection factor. People with breathing and circulation problems should be careful when “Calima” (haze) appears. Haze is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs when a cloud of dust created in a sandstorm in the Sahara desert moves to the vicinity of the Canary Islands. It usually happens once or twice in summer, with a variable intensity and usually higher in the eastern islands. When it occurs, the air becomes very hot and dry, and slightly reduced visibility.
If you come to Tenerife in your suitcase must have clothes for winter and summer, no matter the season to come. Bring summer clothes and swimsuits, but also some jackets, coats and closed shoes.
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