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Lanzarote is a Spanish island which belongs to the Canary Islands. Lanzarote weather is affected by the Atlantic Ocean and the weather here is different than the one that you would find in Spain as it is located closer to Africa than it is from the country of Spain. Lanzarote weather consists of mild conditions throughout the year and that is one of the reasons why it has become a popular tourist destination. The winds that affect the island of Lanzarote can come from all directions. When they come from the east, they can bring hotter weather from Africa while from the west it is purely Atlantic Ocean conditions. If you are a tourist looking for a destination which does not get much rain then Lanzarote is a perfect travel destination. Rain will hardly ever ruin your beach vacation.
Seasons Of Lanzarote
Lanzarote sees two seasons throughout the year: the cold season, which goes from November through May, and the warmer season, which goes from June to October. While people think of Lanzarote weather in two seasons, as a visitor you might not see the difference. The hottest month in Lanzarote weather is August, which sees temperatures rise as much as 29 degrees Celsius while the lows in that same month drop to 22 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is February when the temperatures drop to 21 Celsius as a maximum and 18 as a minimum. You do see more sunshine hours during the months of June, July and August when the average number of sunshine hours range from 10 to 11 each day.
Influences On The Weather
The island of Lanzarote is just 127 kilometers from the Sahara but that in itself is not the only factor which affects Lanzarote weather. The winds which come from the north as opposed to the south are the ones that are felt the most during the summer. These winds are what keep the island of Lanzarote with a very moderate weather during the hottest months. Winds that come from the southeast, which happen a few times during the summer, bring the hotter temperatures and in some cases sand. The northeasterly winds in Lanzarote weather can be strong but there are hills and even resort buildings which block the winds.
If you have visited any other Canary Island, you will have noticed that it does rain quite a lot. Lanzarote weather, however, is different in that regard. The island does not see as much rain as the other Canary Islands and that is due to the fact that Lanzarote is flat. The highest peak on the entire island is just 671 meters high. Most of the rain on the other islands happens in the highest points but the low hills make Lanzarote weather a little dry. When you do see rain in Lanzarote it usually happens during the months of November through March. If you are coming during that time of the year, you should still not expect rain to ruin your vacation as the storms that hit the island are usually quick and people can be out in the sun within a few minutes.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the island of Lanzarote could be said that it is the summer. You get the most sunshine hours and the temperatures, though hotter than the rest of the year, will not be anything that you cannot handle. In case the weather does see one of those southeast winds from Africa, you have the ocean to cool you down. The summer in Lanzarote weather is also dry. There is not much rain throughout the year, but that is particularly true of the summer months. Traveling to the island in the summer means that you can bring your thin fabric shirts and shorts and you would probably not need much else.
Why No Thunderstorms
Lanzarote weather will hardly ever experience thunderstorms because it is in a region where eastern winds are frequent. Because of the easterly winds, there is a strong inversion in the trade wind temperatures throughout the year. That inversion is only about 900 mts above the sea level with a depth of 500 mts. That means that clouds do not have much of a chance to develop because the inversion layer is just too dry. If you were to travel to the western Canary Islands, the inversion is thinner (at about 1500 mts) and that means that thunderstorms develop more often there. The temperature of the ocean is also cool around Lanzarote and it moves with the Canary current. That ocean current helps the temperature inversion which makes Lanzarote less humid than other places in the same latitude.