Canary Islands Weather in October & Hottest Canary Island in October

Published on March 04, 2021
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What's the weather like in the Canary Islands in October?

Are you hoping for a sunny holiday in the Canary Islands in October during the half-term holiday and you're wondering how the weather is? If back at home the weather starts to get really cold by the end of October, in the Canaries things are quite different and the weather is still gorgeous most of the time.

October is still quite a warm month in the Canary Islands and the great thing is that this is when the sea temperature reaches its highest level throughout the year. So don't worry about not being able to swim in October, because the water will be nice and warm after all those hot summer months.

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

In October there are usually around 27°C during the daytime but it usually feels warmer, so prepare lots of sundresses, T-shirts and shorts when packing for your trip.

Temperatures in the Canary Islands in October

Average temperatures for the islands during the month of October.

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: 26.8°C  (80.2°F)
  • Average low temperature: 20°C  (68°F)
  • Daily mean: 23.4°C  (71°F)

Gran Canaria (Airport)

  • Average high temperature: 26.2°C  (79.2°F)
  • Average low temperature: 20.1°C  (68.2°F)
  • Daily mean: 23.1°C  (73.5°F)


  • Average high temperature: 26.7°C  (80.1°F)
  • Average low temperature: 19.4°C  (66.9°F)
  • Daily mean: 23°C  (73.4°F)


  • Average high temperature: 26.1°C  (79°F)
  • Average low temperature: 19.8°C  (67.6°F)
  • Daily mean: 23°C  (73.4°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 October on each individual island:


October is still a fairly dry month in the Canary Islands.

Usually, October has on average 2 rainy days, although there can be some differences between the south of Tenerife or Gran Canaria and their mountain regions. 

So if you're planning to visit the Canary Islands in October and you want to avoid the rain at all costs, we advise you to book accommodation in the south of the islands if you're visiting Tenerife or Gran Canaria. 

Sea temperature

  • Tenerife South - Average sea temperature: 23.6°C / 74.5°F
  • Gran Canaria - Average sea temperature: 23.6°C / 74.5°F
  • Lanzarote - Average sea temperature: 22.6°C / 72.7°F
  • Fuerteventura - Average sea temperature: 22.6°C / 72.7°F

It seems that and Tenerife and Gran Canaria have the highest water temperatures in October. 

The water temperature in October is at its highest.

Can you swim in the Canary Islands in October?

Yes, you can definitely swim in October, since it's the peak temperature for ocean water in the Canary Islands.

Which Canary Island is hottest in October?

Based on temperatures, Tenerife is the hottest Canary Island in October, but all the other islands have temperatures that are very similar to the ones in the south of Tenerife.

Starting from October and until spring, the weather between the south of the mountainous islands can vary from the weather in the south of the islands more than it does in summer when it's hot everywhere.

If you want to avoid the rain, book a place to stay in the south of the islands, when it comes to visiting Gran Canaria or Tenerife, which have high mountains, where it can rain more often.

The tourist resorts are mostly located in the south, with the exception of Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife, but the weather in the area of Puerto de la Cruz in October is just fine, only slightly cooler than in the south.

During October half-term holidays the Canaries can be quite full, as the demand rises significantly from people looking for a bit of sunshine, before heading into the long winter. If you want to visit in October, make sure to book in advance, maybe this way you'll be able to avoid the surge in prices.

FAQ about visiting the Canary Islands in October

Are the Canary Islands still hot in October?

Yes, the weather in the Canary Islands is still pretty hot during the daytime and perfect for sunbathing.

Is October a good month to visit the Canary Islands?

October is considered high-season in the Canary Islands, especially the week during mid-term holidays, so yes, it's a good month to visit. Just make sure to book in advance, to avoid high prices, especially when booking airplane tickets.

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