General weather conditions over Lanzarote

Lanzarote together with Fuerteventura lies further east than any of the other Canary Islands, just 70 miles from the north-west African coastline. This means the climate is very similar to that of northern Africa – dry and warm, with an average yearly rainfall of only about five inches.


Before you leave, check out Lanzarote’s ten-day forecast , so you can decide whether or not to bring along an umbrella. The likely answer: no. You can also look at year round climate information  to help you decide what time of year to go.


Why is Lanzarote drier than other islands that make up the Canary archipelago?

In fact, Lanzarote is considerably drier than all the other Canary Island (with the exception of Fuerteventura).  There are a number of reasons for this:

  1. Given Lanzarote's close proximity to the North African mainland, any wind blowing from this direction results in dry, sunny weather conditions similar to those experienced on the African mainland.
  2. There's a cool ocean current known as the Canary Current that flows southward past Lanzarote's eastern coastline.  This current minimises the occurrence of frequent high daytime temperatures during the summer months by modifying the vertical temperature structure as wind blows over this current from North Africa.  
  3. The Canary current flows in the same direction as the persistent north-easterly trade winds and together these help to lower the chance of significant cloud rain events.
  4. There's a distinct lack of mountainous terrain combined with low vegetation.  As such, there's a much lower chance that weather systems can interact with the topography and lead to prolonged periods of wet weather.


When is the best time to travel to Lanzarote?

It's your choice really.  There really are no compelling reasons to choose a certain season to visit over another; Lanzarote has decent, tolerable weather no matter what time of year it is, and attracts tourists throughout the whole year.

The weather varies a mere 15 degrees all year, ranging from the low 70s during winter months to the mid-80s during summer months.

Lanzarote’s climate is dry enough that lava and other materials from early volcanic eruptions have been quite well preserved, even though most of the eruptions occurred many centuries ago. (The last known eruption was in 1824). This results in some surprising and bizarre landscapes: ancient lava flows next to sandy beaches, for example. This phenomenon is called “hydro-volcanism,” and the best example occurs at a point called Los Hervideros, on the southern coast of Lanzarote. Here, the ocean waves can reach all the way to the adjacent lava beds.