Tenerife, like the rest of the Canary Islands, lies off the western coast of Africa. The island is situated at the same latitude as the Sahara Desert. Due to the northeasterly trade winds and the Canary Current, temperatures in Tenerife are a little cooler than on the North African mainland. Regardless, Tenerife’s climate is warm all year round.
While February is part of the winter season in Tenerife, the overall climate is mild, and the island is a popular destination to catch some winter sunshine with comfortable temperatures during the day and relatively mild nights.
Tenerife’s diverse microclimates mean that the weather may differ between the northern and southern parts of the island. The southern part of Tenerife, including popular tourist areas like Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas, tends to be sunnier and warmer than the northern regions.
In the coastal areas and in the southern part of the island, daytime temperatures typically range from around 18 to 24 degrees Celsius (64 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
The northern parts of the island and higher elevations may experience slightly cooler temperatures compared to the southern and coastal areas.
In the coastal areas and southern part of the island, nighttime temperatures in February typically range from around 10 to 16 degrees Celsius (50 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit). The northern parts of the island and higher elevations may experience slightly cooler nighttime temperatures.
On average, you can expect the sea temperature in February to be around 18 to 20 degrees Celsius (64 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). The water temperature can vary depending on the specific location and the surrounding ocean currents.
In February, Tenerife experiences a gradual increase in daylight hours as it moves towards spring. On average, you can expect around 10 to 11 hours of daylight in Tenerife during February.
On average, you can expect around 21 days of sunshine during this month.
The UV-index is a measure of the strength of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun that reaches the Earth’s surface. It’s an important indicator of the potential for harm from unprotected sun exposure.
In February, the sun index in Tenerife typically ranges from 4 to 6 on average. This falls into the “moderate” range, which means there is a moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.
While this level of UV radiation is not extremely high, it’s still advisable to take precautions to protect your skin, such as using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak UV hours.
On average, you can expect around 5 to 6 days or 20 to 30 millimetres of rainfall in Tenerife during February. The amount of precipitation is generally slightly lower than in January or March.
The southern parts of the island tend to be drier than the northern regions. Coastal areas also generally experience less rainfall compared to higher-altitude locations.
In Tenerife, February is not generally known for strong winds, with the average wind speed being 4.8mph / 7.7 kmh. However, the island has diverse microclimates due to its topography – wind patterns can be influenced by factors such as altitude and geographical location and can be much more gusty in some parts of the island.
In the coastal areas, especially in the southern parts where many popular tourist destinations are located, winds are typically milder. However, the northern and higher-altitude regions may experience slightly stronger winds.
During the day, you will need light and breathable clothing like T-shirts, shorts, summer dresses, and skirts. Don’t forget your swimsuit or your swimming trunks, as you may well get the chance to go for a dip in the pool or even in the sea. Don’t forget your sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and face from the sun. As temperatures are ideal for walking, you may want to explore the island, so it is a good idea to bring trainers or comfortable sandals.
Evenings can be cooler, so you may need long trousers or a maxi dress. It is also advisable to bring an extra layer, like a light jacket or jumper for added warmth. While Tenerife is generally dry, there is a chance of some rain, therefore a light rain jacket or a compact umbrella might also come in handy.
Before you set off on holiday, don’t forget to check the forecast for your travel dates to get the up-to-date information on temperatures and weather patterns during your stay in Tenerife.
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