Tenerife’s climate is pleasantly warm all year round. The island is geographically close to the African continent and is situated at the same latitude as the Sahara Desert. Due to the northeasterly trade winds and the Canary Current, temperatures in Tenerife do not get quite as hot as on the North African mainland.
Tenerife is characterised by diverse microclimates due to its varied landscapes and topography, with mountains and coastal areas. This means that the weather, including temperatures, rainfall and wind can differ, depending on which part of the island you are visiting.
The information given on this page is the average taken from across the island. If you are visiting the northern parts of the island and higher elevations, you may experience slightly cooler temperatures and more rainfall, while the southern coastal areas might be a little warmer and sunnier.
In Tenerife, May typically marks the beginning of warmer temperatures as the island transitions from spring to early summer.
May tends to bring daytime temperatures ranging from approximately 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
The nighttime temperatures during May generally range from around 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tenerife.
The sea temperature in May is typically somewhere between 19 to 22 degrees Celsius (66 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit). These temperatures make the ocean waters relatively comfortable for swimming and other water activities. The water temperature can vary depending on the specific location and the surrounding ocean currents.
Being in the Northern Hemisphere, Tenerife experiences increasingly longer daylight hours during this time of year. On average, Tenerife receives approximately 13 to 14 hours of daylight in May. As the days lengthen towards the solstice in late June, there will be ample daylight during which you can explore this beautiful island.
Tenerife typically enjoys a lot of sunshine in May. On average, the month brings around 22 to 25 sunny days.
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.Tenerife has a subtropical climate, so May is a time when the sun’s rays are relatively strong.
On sunny days, the UV index in Tenerife during May is often in the range of 8 to 10 or even higher. This indicates a high to very high level of UV radiation. It is therefore crucial to take sun protection measures, such as wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing, especially during peak sunlight hours, to reduce the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage.
Tenerife experiences a transition to a drier season in May, with a decrease in precipitation compared to the winter months. Rainfall tends to be infrequent, and the island generally enjoys a lot of sunny and dry weather during this time. On average, you can expect around 1 to 3 rainy days or 5 to 15 millimeters of rainfall during the month of May.
Coastal areas, especially on the southern and western sides of Tenerife, tend to be less windy during May. In contrast, higher-altitude and northern regions may still have slightly more noticeable breezes. On average, you can expect moderate winds during this month, with speeds ranging from 6 to 12 miles per hour (10 to 20 kilometers per hour).
While you can generally expect warm and sunny weather, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for different conditions, especially considering potential variations in altitude and microclimates across the island. Here are some clothing recommendations for Tenerife in May:
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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