Lanzarote Climate and Weather
Lanzarote enjoys a subtropical climate that ensures plenty of sunshine all year round, its weather is excellent for out of season breaks and winter
holidays.There are very little precipitation falls regardless of the season. On average, Lanzarote receives just 110 mm/4,33 inches of rain annually and its average temperature is about 21 ºC /70 ºF.
The sea temperature varies between 17 ºC /63 ºF and 24 ºC /75 ºF at the surface.
The wind in Lanzarote is constant and moderate almost all year, making the island the perfect place to practice all types of water sports from windsurfing to kitesurfing and yachting.
Many EU-citizens are choosing to live in Lanzarote permanently, the excellent all-year round weather conditions being the main attraction.
The table below summarizes historic climate information in Lanzarote, by month. This data was compiled by the observation station Lanzarote/Airport over the period of 1971 to 2000 and published by La Agencia Estatal de MeteorologÍa (AEMET).
Lanzarote Weather and Seasons
As you can see in the table above, the summertime in Lanzarote from June through August usually brings zero rainfall, though it can be a little windy. Other than that, the summers are sunny with mild temperatures. September, October and November means autumn for the island and the Lanzarote weather for this time of year is a slow transition. The temperatures usually average what they were in August and soon give way to cooler temps and slight rainfall going into October and November. The winter season for Lanzarote in December and January leads to more cloudy days and slightly cooler temperatures from the showers associated with these months. And finally Lanzarote weather in the spring produces lovely days normally free from any rainfall.
Factors that determine weather in Lanzarote
Although close to the Sahara which lies at the same latitude, Lanzarote temperature is much cooler than in the neighbouring desert.
The three major factors that determine lanzarote climate are its flat topography,The Canary Current and the North-East Trade Wind.
-Flat topography: The mountains of Lanzarote aren’t that high, thus allowing clouds to blow freely past the island. As a result, Lanzarote experiences much lower rainfall than the other islands in the Canarian Archipelago.
-The north-easterly trade winds, which are especially frequent during the summer months, help to keep the temperatures more moderate than would otherwise be expected.
-The Canary Current is a stream of cool water that flows around the Canaries.This wind driven surface current is part of the North Atlantic Gyre.Besides its beneficial effect on lanzarote weather it also improves the diversity of Marine life around the Canary Islands.
A Few Facts You Must Know About Lanzarote Weather
Lanzarote Weather October November December
Starting on October and until the arrival of spring, tourists are advised to wear light sweaters and trousers in the evenings i.e. although the day temperatures are about 22°C, which are ideals for sunbathing on the beaches; winter temperatures can fall as low as 13°C at night. For the rest of the year shorts and T-shirts are suggested.
From time to time Lanzarote does experience higher than desirable temperature which is usually caused by warm air proceeding from the Sahara. This air,which is sometimes laden with sand, is called Calima by the islanders and normally only last for a few days at a time.
Sitting by the pool in your Hotels or just walking about in Lanzarote remember that sun protection is advised, even when temperatures are moderated by cool ocean breezes.