The climate of Tenerife, Island of eternal spring
The climate of Tenerife is amazing, it is internationally known as “the Island of Eternal Spring”, the attribution of the name is due in large part to the trade winds. This constant winds bring the humidity from ocean, when they impact with the mountains, it condenses. This phenomena happens mainly in the intermediate areas of the north and north-east. Here it forms large seas of clouds which are arranged preferably between 600 and 1,800 meters.
Another factor that influences the mild climate, compared to the latitude where they are (the Sahara), is the cold ocean current of the Canaries. The canary water temperature cools the air above, so when it reache the coast and the inland is mitigate.
Finally, the topography of the land too, creates a series of micro-climates.
In general, the climate of Tenerife is moderate, mild and very mild in all seasons. There aren’t cold weather, or suffocating heat. Average temperatures are 18 ° C in winter and 25 ° C in summer, although these are relative and general values. Clearly, there are major differences, especially during the winter months. In this period you can take a bath in coastal areas, while, at 3,000 meters above sea level (Volcano Teide), you can contemplate the snow.
The north and the south of Tenerife show large differences in climate. In the northern region are concentrated 73% of total rainfall, especially between 1000-1200 meters above sea level, in the mountains zone of La Orotava.
In contrast, in the southern part of the Island, rainfall is scarce and the temperatures upper, mainly due to orographic factors.