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Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is a volcanic archipelago near the northwest coast of Africa. Its location means that the islands have a tropical climate with very hot temperatures all year-round.

You can expect plenty of warm sunshine no matter when you visit. If you’re a fan of the heat, the best time to go to the Canary Islands is in the summer. The average temperature is around 24°C with scorching highs of 30°C.

Trade winds and the surrounding sea helps to moderate the climate, which can get very hot and humid in the summer. The average humidity level is around 82%, which can be a bit uncomfortable if you aren’t used to the heat.

Many of the Canary Islands experience a hot desert climate with warm and dry winters. You can expect just 10mm of rainfall per month in winter with slightly more rain in places like Lanzarote, that has 40mm of rain.

Winds blowing in from the Sahara Desert carry hotter temperatures to the islands and can often bring sand storms in their path.

The best time to visit the Canary Islands for slightly cooler temperatures is in the autumn, which has an average temperature of around 17°C with 11 hours of sunlight per day.

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