What’s the weather like in Tenerife in February?
Tenerife is warm all year round thanks to its location off the west coast of Africa. February’s one of the coolest and wettest months of the year, but there will still be lots of sunshine and rain shouldn’t be a major problem.
Although conditions in Tenerife can sometimes feel like you’re in the Sahara Desert due to the hot winds and occasional dust storm, the cooling effect of the Canary Current means the weather generally stays comfortable. Mount Teide shelters the south of Tenerife from north easterly winds, meaning it enjoys warmer temperatures and less rainfall than the north. The mountainous region also attracts rainfall so coastal regions stay dry.
The average high temperature in Tenerife during February is 20ºC, giving you the chance to work on your winter tan. Pack some warmer clothes for the evenings as well as your beach gear, as temperatures cool to 12ºC. The average sea temperature’s 19ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from around 60-90%. Average rainfall’s 42mm over 5 rainy days.
During February you can expect 11 hours of daylight each day with 7 hours of sunshine. Be wary of the UV index which is at a high level despite it still technically being winter; sunset’s just before 7pm at the beginning of February, gradually getting later as the month goes on.
Things to Do
Things to do
Although temperatures are cooler than at the height of summer, Tenerife’s a great destination for a dose of winter sun as you relax by the pool or on the beach. The weather in February’s great for exploring the island, including Mount Teide and its surrounding national park. Tenerife’s best surfing waves arrive over winter, while golf is also popular due to the pleasant conditions. You can still go diving during the winter months too, even though the sea’s at its coolest.
Where to stay
Tenerife’s most popular resorts are in the south as it gets the best of the weather, with warmer temperatures and less rain than the north. Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Playa Paraiso are among the top choices. If you’re hiring a car then you may want to stay in the north, where resorts are typically smaller and quieter, but better weather is often just a short drive away.