If anyone was to compile a list of the most popular question asked about Tenerife, I’m willing to bet that ‘What’s the weather like?’ would be head and shoulders above every other question.
What people don’t realise is that by asking that question they could be entering a murky world of intrigue, subterfuge, double bluff, misdirection and deception where it’s difficult to know who you can trust?
If you really want to know the truth about Tenerife’s weather, tighten the trench coat, light a Lucky Strike and allow me to introduce you to the players.
Tenerife Weather from Travel Agents
Firstly it’s easy to weasel out who you can’t trust – and that’s anyone selling you a location. The simple rule is anywhere they have accommodation, the weather will be fab. Anywhere they don’t will no doubt be cold and wet.
Always, always seek a second opinion.
Tenerife Weather from Official Forecasts
You can trust official forecasts…yes? Absolutely Not. Any report that gives one forecast for Tenerife should be completely ignored. The island is made up of a series of micro climates and weather patterns in different parts of the island vary considerably, as does the climate between the coast and the hills.
I know a hamlet where it can be raining on one side of the village and bone dry on the other – and it’s not a big place.
Therefore, weather forecasts from somewhere like the BBC for example have limited, or no value. The most reliable forecasts are ones like AEMet (the Spanish Met Office) which break down their predictions into separate municipalities on Tenerife. But even then, many readings are taken at a few hundred metres rather than the coast, so in winter forecasted temps will be lower than the coast and in summer might be higher.
But as we’ve discovered with our weather check on Walking Tenerife, even AEMet aren’t infallible.
Tenerife Weather from Webcam Images
The camera can’t lie? Damn right it can. You’d think that a quick check of the webcam for the area would show you exactly what the weather is like, but it ain’t necessarily so.
First of all there’s the spin. The webcam picture which always shows unbroken sunshine. I’ve clocked a couple of webcams on Tenerife that do this. With these you have to actually click on the image to see a live stream – dastardly, eh?
On the other hand, there are a couple of webcams that unfortunately broke on a cloudy day. At the moment Los Gigantes and El Socorro look as though they’ve been under perpetual cloud for weeks. The people in these places don’t know how to play the weather game.
The other thing about webcams is their position. Point a webcam out to sea on Tenerife and more often than not, you’re going to see blue skies – doesn’t matter whether you’re in the south or the north. The reality is that the image on screen is not always a true picture of what the weather’s actually like.
Not having your webcam in a ‘smart’ position can work against a place. Look at this webcam looking towards Puerto de la Cruz…
…and a photograph taken in Puerto at the same time.
Weather Reports from Someone Who is on Tenerife
So that leaves on the spot reports of the weather from someone who’s actually there. That has to be accurate and trustworthy doesn’t it?
Firstly, like official weather forecasts, you can immediately dismiss anyone who says ‘I’m on Tenerife and the weather is…’ and then simply gives one umbrella report.
But then, putting the people who think that Tenerife is only the two streets around where they live aside, we enter a really confusing world.
A few weeks ago on different forum sites there were varying views from different people in and around Las Américas about the same week . Two people commented on the fact that it rained; one questioned what was up with the weather as it was cloudy then sunny and the last remarked that it had been a lovely week.
I’ve read forums where people in the same town have argued over each other’s take on the weather.
I’ve seen people report on disappointing weather in the north during their holiday in a week where the sun shone most of the time.
I’ve sat beside someone who was telling a friend on the phone that the weather was glorious when actually I thought it was quite overcast.
What it seems to boil down to is this: one person’s sunny with a bit of cloud is another person’s cloudy with a bit of sun.
To be fair, the weather here can change in no time. So depending on where someone was and what they were doing at certain times of the day, it is feasible that two people in the same place can experience different weather. But that doesn’t account for all the variations.
All of this would make it terribly confusing for anyone trying to find out what the weather is like on Tenerife and who they can trust…except for one important factor.
The default setting for weather on Tenerife – all coastal areas of Tenerife – is warm and sunny changing to hot, hot, hot and sunny in the summer months.
Clearly there can be variations and sometimes cloud and rain, but Tenerife has been known for its year round good weather for centuries and that hasn’t changed one iota.
You can trust me on this…then again, can you?