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Lanzarote climate and weather
Lanzarote in the Canaries is known as one of the Fortunate Islands, with a climate that is often described as similar to an eternal spring time. This is thanks to the fact that it is located just off the coast of West Africa, close to the Tropic of Capricorn and on a similar line of latitude to parts of Florida, The Bahamas and Mexico.
This location creates temperatures that average out at around 21 Celsius all year round. So even in the depths of winter visitors to Lanzarote can enjoy a day on the beach.
Night time temperatures can be a lot cooler – as the island has a desert climate (no surprise to learn that the Sahara is just 90 miles away), which means that the mercury level falls quickly once the sun has set.
These colder nights do nothing to discourage tourists though – as temperatures during the day in winter can still outperform the best summer temperatures in Northern Europe. Indeed the Lanzarote weather is just one of the many reasons why this Canarian island has become such a popular holiday destination.
Like the other islands in the Canarian archipelago there is a pronounced microclimate on Lanzarote which can create substantial contrasts in temperature between the north and the south. This is due to the fact that the island is effectively divided by the Famara massif range of cliffs which encourages cloud to collect and sit across the northern end of Lanzarote.
Despite this cloud formation rainfall on the island is amazingly low, averaging out at just under 1cm a month. One reason for this is that all of the mountains on Lanzarote are under 600 metres in height which is insufficient to prompt much in the way of precipitation - creating arid, dry and dusty conditions.
Lanzarote is also buffeted by the Trade Winds for around six months of the year. This explains why the island was such an important trading post for the Spanish empire during the period when ships relied on wind power to transport them across the Atlantic.
The wind factor can in fact prove very deceptive, especially for first time visitors. It artificially lowers the temperature – resulting in sun burn for the unwary.
However the Trade Winds die down by around the end of August – making the autumn one of the most pleasant times to visit the island of Lanzarote.
Find more information about Lanzarote's weather at: www.lanzaroteguidebook.com