LANZAROTE WEATHER is very similar to that of other Canary Islands, which are called the Islands of Eternal Spring, and where it differs, it differs but slightly. It reflects the influence of its geographical location, which is far-off into the Atlantic from the mainland Spain and closer to the eastern coast of Northern Africa.
Though it lies at the same latitude as Sahara, Lanzarote weather shows none of the asperity of the African desert. This is mainly because of the cool Currents of the oceanic waters surrounding it. The sun seems to smile eternally on the land from one end to the other, and, swept by light breezes, its temperature remains moderate. Its crisp dryness is rarely marred by heavy rains.
The weather of Lanzarote consists of but two seasons: summer and winter. There are rains but these occur mostly during winter season between November and March; since it is during this period that clouds over Lanzarote gather moisture that the Famara Mountain Range scantily extracts to water the sterile coastline in the north. But this mountain range is not high enough to precipitate more than 30 millimetres of rain during these few months. There is little possibility of a situation in which a system builds up to cause thunderstorms.
The summer of Lanzarote covers the months from April to November. It remains warm and dry and wafts on the wind coming from the sea. During this season, the temperature hardly goes over 32°C and falls below 17°C only during the night time. Hence, Lanzarote mornings remain pleasantly warm and nights cozily cool. This situation might alter only if Africa unlooses her sirocco to heat up Lanzarote right up to 40°C. This situation is given the name ‘Calima’ or ‘Tiempo Africano’ by the inhabitants of the isle. When this hot love-song flares up Lanzarote’s passion, what you have is a perfect sandstorm. It reduces visibility to the extent that cripples transport system. These sandstorms may persist for an hour and in the worst case for a week or so, and dulls the otherwise clear sky with dust.
As for the winter of Lanzarote, it covers the period from December to March. During this season, days hardly reach a temperature higher than 23°C and the nights remain tolerably cool and do not get any colder than 14°C. Here, again, sirocco can be expected to intervene in the affairs of winter and raise the temperature above 20°C. But mostly siroccos are registered during summer. Occasional rains during this period may cause flash flood. Otherwise it is all a tale of sunshine and breeze.
Thus, Lanzarote weather can fairly be called ideal with its boast of clear sky, brightly shining sun and sweeping winds. It is very clement in that it neither gets too hot nor too cold. This exactly is the kind of weather condition which attracts the Europeans who find it to be a real treat; for bright sunshine and moderate temperature are indeed rarities for them.