Lanzarote Weather and Climate Information
When's the best time of the year to visit Lanzarote? The weather in Lanzarote is good all year round - and by good we mean you can expect temperatures of 20°C degrees plus and lots of sunshine even in December or January. Which makes it plenty warm enough for a day at the beach (although you may find the sea temperature a bit more bracing at that time of the year) or for sunbathing by the pool. Whilst in the summer months, broadly late May through until late October, the mercury can easily hit 30 Celsius plus.
However some months are more reliable than others - and you can also experience grey days and even the odd bit of rainfall, especially in the period from late November through to April. But even then the norm is usually for blue skies and decent temperatures, with bad weather the exception rather than the rule. And even when the weather is bad you can be sure that it's still going to be a whole lot better than in the UK or Eire.
The climate on Lanzarote is very dry and arid - as you'd expect from an island that lacks tall mountains and is just 100km away from the North West coast of Africa and the outer fringes of the Sahara Desert. This means that there is usually very little rainfall, whilst warm days are quickly followed by much cooler nights - a characteristic which is much more pronounced during the winter months, when it is advisable to pack a sweater, coat or something with long sleeves to keep you warm when going out.
The other climate characteristic that you never got told about in the brochures is that it can at times be very windy on Lanzarote. The island lies in the path of the Trade Winds - the strong North Easterlies which used to help propel Spanish galleons from the Canaries to the New World. These are at their most pronounced from April through until August and are at times most welcome - as they help to reduce the air temperature. First time visitors beware though as this can often lull you into thinking that it's OK to go without sun screen, a mistake you won't repeat a second time!
The two largest resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca are less exposed to the wind than Costa Teguise - which at times has been referred to as Costa Too-Breezy! That being said virtually all tourist accommodation has been built with shelter from the wind in mind, so you should be able to enjoy the sun wherever you are staying.
At regular intervals throughout the year the predominant wind direction can change to the east. This brings a layer of sand with it from the Sahara, which then sits across the island, causing a rise in temperatures. Calimas can be most welcome during the winter months when they help to improve temperatures, but stifling in high summer. And have been known to impact negatively on the health of visitors with respiratory conditions such as asthma.
The south of the island tends to enjoy better weather and higher temperatures than the north. Again this is especially noticeable during the winter months, when Playa Blanca can be basking in sunshine whilst Costa Teguise is much cooler and overcast.