What’s the weather like in Tenerife in January?
Just off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife’s the largest of the Canary Islands and enjoys warm weather all year round. January’s one of the coolest and wettest months but there’s still plenty of sunshine.
With hot winds and the occasional dust storm, Tenerife may often feel like the nearby Sahara Desert but temperatures are a lot less extreme thanks to the Canary Current – a stream of water from the Atlantic Ocean that helps to cool things down. Mount Teide attracts the rain and blocks the wind so the below resorts stay warm and dry. The south is generally warmer and drier than the north, and coastal spots get less rain than inland areas.
The average temperature in Tenerife during January is 20ºC, perfectly warm enough for relaxing on the beach. Evenings tend to be a bit cooler so be sure to pack some warmer clothes as temperatures averagely drop to 12ºC. The average sea temperature’s 20ºC, while humidity’s low and generally ranges between the mid-60s and early-90s. Average rainfall’s 43mm over 5 rainy days.
During January you can still look forward to 11 hours of daylight with 6 hours of sunshine each day in Tenerife. UV levels will be moderate so don’t forget to use sun cream, while sunset’s just before 6.30pm at the beginning of January and gets later through the month.
Things to Do
Although temperatures are cooler than over the peak summer months, the weather during January’s still warm enough for relaxing on the beach or by the pool, making Tenerife great for a dose of winter sun. The weather’s the best for exploring during this time of year, with Mount Teide and its national park worth a visit. Golfing is popular thanks to the pleasant temperatures, while the best surf waves come over winter and you can go diving all year round.