Weather in Lanzarote
What’s the weather in Lanzarote like?
Thanks to its geographical situation, Lanzarote possesses a warm climate throughout the entire year, with an average annual temperature of about 21ºC.
As the easternmost of the Canary Islands, and the one closest to the African continent, in Lanzarote, there is scarce rainfall and the sun shines for practically the whole year. This privileged climate has turned it into one of the most popular sun destinations for holidays.
Frequently called ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’, the Canaries have warm and sunny weather all year round, with temperatures rarely under 16ºC (61ºF) in winter and 25ºC (77ºF) in summer. This is partly due to their closeness to northern Africa, making them one of the sunniest places on the planet!
There is absolutely no doubt that Lanzarote is a holiday hotspot, attracting visitors from around the world looking to escape from the cold days and grey skies of home… and you could be among them enjoying some time in the sunshine.
Rain is very rare, resulting in a dry climate with an average of 16 days of rainfall annually, usually between December and February.
Unlike most of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote does not have any high mountains (the highest being around 2,198 ft (670 metres), which means there are very few clouds that provide a natural barrier, lower evaporation and a reasonable humidity level.
Lanzarote’s climate can vary depending on exactly where you are – even so, it has the most consistent climate of all the islands of the archipelago, making it a favourite winter holiday destination. The north is usually windier, cloudier and has a little more rain due to the moist trade winds. The southern part is drier, hotter and enjoys as much as 2,500 sunshine hours annually. Central Lanzarote, located between the windier north and the sunnier south, can be said to have the most moderate climate on the island.
The swimming season in Lanzarote is all year but in winter the warmer part of the days are 11 am – 4 pm which may mean these hours are the best for swimming. In the winter months, Lanzarote water temperature does not drop below 20°C and therefore is suitable for comfortable swimming all winter.
Sometimes in the summer the hot sirocco wind – a phenomenon referred to by the locals as “calima” – is prevailing and this can make conditions hotter with some dust. It usually lasts for no more than a few days.
These are the top questions and answers we get about the Lanzarote weather
What is the coldest month in Lanzarote?
The coldest month in Lanzarote is February, with an average high-temperature of 18.2°C and an average low-temperature of 16.6°C.
Is it warm enough to sunbathe in Lanzarote in January?
Usually you will be able to sunbathe in January in Lanzarote, so it is a perfect escape for some winter sun. The average temperature during the day is 20 - 21°C, while at night you can expect temperatures of around 14°C. Although you might need a light jacket or cardigan at night.
How hot is Playa Blanca in January?
Playa Blanca is one of the warmer parts of the island in January averaging around 21°C during the day and still pleasant at night with temperatures around 15°C, but a light layer still might be needed if you venture out in the evenings.
What is the windiest month in Lanzarote?
The windiest months in Lanzarote tend to be in July and August followed by April to June. The winds tend to die down a little in september. Daytime temperatures rarely rise above 32°C during the summer months. Playa Blanca also tends to experience little wind, as it is protected by the cove, so perfect for enjoying the beaches.
What is the best month to go to Lanzarote?
Lanzarote is blessed with all-year-round sunshine making the winter months popular with European winter sun-seekers, you can expect the sun to shine on most days, with daily temperatures averaging 20°C (68°F) in January and 30°C (86ºF) in August. The highest temperatures are from June to September but unlike mainland Europe the cool sea breeze makes tempers the peak sun in these months, so it can be enjoyed. Playa Blanca enjoys the best weather on the island due to its geographically sheltered location.
If you want to decide what temperature suits you best during the year, see Playa Blanca’s climate month to month outlined below: