Canary Islands Weather in August & Hottest Canary Island in August

Published on February 25, 2021
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Is the weather too hot in the Canary Islands in August?

Is August a good time to visit the Canary Islands? Or summer in general? Many people see the Canary Islands as the best destination for winter sun in Europe, but what about the summer season? Should you plan a beach holiday in the Canaries in August?

We'll say this from the start: August is the hottest month in the Canary Islands, followed closely by July. 

If you like to spend your day sunbathing and you want to go back home with a tan, then August is definitely a good month to visit.

What's the weather like in the Canary Islands in August

In August are usually around 30°C during the daytime but the good thing is that summer also comes with a cooling breeze, which helps with the 'real fee' of the temperatures, so you can make the most of your time here.

Temperatures in the Canary Islands in August

Average temperatures for the islands during the month of August.

These temperatures can vary slightly especially in the mountainous regions of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma and La Gomera, where the temperatures can vary compared to the temperatures on the coast.

Tenerife South

  • Average high temperature: 29.0°C (84.2°F)
  • Average low temperature: 21.9°C (71.4°F)
  • Daily mean: 25.5°C (77.9°F)

Gran Canaria (Airport)

  • Average high temperature: 27.5°C  (81.5°F)
  • Average low temperature: 23.8°C  (74.8°F)
  • Daily mean: 24.6°C  (76.3°F)

Lanzarote

  • Average high temperature: 29.1°C  (84.4°F)
  • Average low temperature: 21.2°C  (70.2°F)
  • Daily mean: 25.2°C  (77.4°F)

Fuerteventura

  • Average high temperature: 27.8°C (82.0°F)
  • Average low temperature: 21.5°C (70.7°F)
  • Daily mean: 24.6°C (76.3°F)

Keep in mind that these are the number from the weather stations at the airports, so it depends on the location of the airport on each island. In general, the temperatures are very similar between the islands.

Detailed info about the weather conditions & temperatures in August on each individual island:

Rainfall

In general, August is the hottest month in the Canary Islands, which means that there is almost zero chance for rainy days. 

During the summer months, the Canary Islands see almost no rainy days, so it's the perfect time to visit if you want to get a tan and spend all day at the beach.

Sea temperature

  • Tenerife South - Average sea temperature: 22.9°C / 73.2°F
  • Gran Canaria - Average sea temperature: 22.8°C (73°F)
  • Lanzarote - Average sea temperature: 21.9°C / 71.4°F
  • Fuerteventura - Average sea temperature: 21.9°C / 71.4°F

It seems that Tenerife and Gran Canaria have the highest water temperature in August. 

The water temperature in August is still on the rise compared to July and June, and it will keep getting warmer until October.

Can you swim in the Canary Islands in August?

Yes, August is the perfect month to enjoy swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in the Canary Islands.

There are a lot of amazing beaches in the Canary Islands, so make the most of your summer trip to the archipelago and spend as much time as possible on the beach and or by the pool.

Which Canary Island is hottest in August?

Based on temperatures, Tenerife is the hottest Canary Island in August, but the temperatures are very similar across all the Canary Islands, especially the bigger islands.

If you want to make the most of your time on holiday in the Canary Islands, August is a good time to visit because the days are long, with over 12 hours of sunlight. 

This means that you can spend long hours on the beach or visiting the amazing places around the Canary Islands. If you don't know, the Canary Islands are a unique destination in the world, due to their diverse landscape and mild climate all year round, so we recommend you dedicate time to explore and discover their uniqueness.

Rain is absolutely absent in August, so if you can beat the heat, you can even go hiking, but our recommendation would be to avoid the high heat during the afternoon, so start early in the morning.

FAQ about visiting the Canary Islands in August

How warm are the Canary Islands in August?

During the day, you can expect temperatures around 29.0°C (84.2°F) in August in the Canary Islands, but keep in mind that the UV index is high, so make sure to use high SPF sun lotion.

Is August a good month to visit the Canary Islands?

August is a great time to visit if you like high temperatures, above 30°C and you'd like to spend most of your time sunbathing.

Will it be too hot in August in the Canaries?

August will most definitely be hot, but the breeze makes the temperatures bearable. One thing to keep in mind is the UV index, which is at its highest in August, so use a sun lotion with very high protection.

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