Rain

Rain is infrequent in the Canaries, especially on islands like Fuerteventura and Lanzarote which lack sufficient height to retain the clouds as they travel over the ocean. The average annual rainfall in Lanzarote is about 100 mm, spread over 50 days. This is typically in the form of soft drizzle, although several times a year there could be heavy, but brief, showers.

 

Temperature

The average annual temperature in the Canaries is usually around 21ºC, dropping slightly between December and February. The orography of the island means that there are some areas that are more or less sheltered from the wind and some areas with higher altitudes than others; this results in varied temperatures in different parts of the island.

 

Winds

In this panel you can consult the forecasts for the Arrecife / Playa Honda area:

 

The 4 most common wind types in Lanzarote from highest to lowest in frequency are as follows:

The trade winds

They are the most common winds on Lanzarote, especially in spring and summer, usually reaching their peak in the months of June and July.
Direction: North, Northeast
Local variations: As the island’s surface heats throughout the day, the wind frequently blows towards the north in the afternoons.
Predictability: generally the most predictable wind type.

The sirocco

This normally occurs when a depression in the Atlantic absorbs air masses from this entire area, including the nearby African continent. That is why it usually carries dust in suspension from the nearby Sahara desert. It is more common in autumn and winter, and almost non-existent in summer. They are usually strong winds, although their intensity is very variable.
Direction: E-SE.
Local variations: Usually increases in intensity in the Famara area.
Predictability: Unreliable forecasts.

South winds

These are generally produced by depressions west of the Canary Islands. Unlike the Sirocco winds which are hot and dry, the south winds usually bring rain. The also tend to complicate conditions at sea and affect navigation. They are not particularly common but when they do blow, they’re normally associated with autumn and winter.
Direction: S-SW.
Local variations: As opposites to the usual trade winds, with south winds coastal areas that are usually windward become leeward and vice versa.
Predictability: Forecasts are usually reliable.

North winds

When depressions (low pressure areas) are higher up they can generate cool northerly winds which vary in intensity and bring occasional rain. They are usually associated with clear skies, excellent visibility and magnificent sunsets.
Direction: N-NW.

Current situation in the Canary Islands in the context of the Atlantic and Africa:

Los 4 vientos más habituales en Lanzarote, ordenados de más a menos frecuentes, son los siguientes :
Los alisios
Son los vientos más constantes y habituales, en especial en primavera y verano, y soliendo tener su punto álgido en el mes de julio.
Dirección: Norte, Noreste
Variaciones locales: (Por el efecto de las corrientes térmicas), por las tardes el viento rola frecuentemente hacia el Norte. (Por el efecto de la orografía de la isla, se pueden producir aumentos de intensidad si navegamos cerca de la costa, a ambos extremos del Estrecho de la Bocaina en el sur, o entre el aeropuerto y Costa Teguise.
Previsibilidad: Es en general el más previsible.
El siroco
(Se produce normalmente cuando una depresión en el Atlántico “absorve” masas de aire de toda esta zona, inluido el cercano continente africano). Viento normalmente asociado a polvo en susensión, procede del cercano desierto del Sahara. (Es más habitual en otoño e invierno, y casi inexistente en verano). Suelen ser vientos fuertes, aunque su intensidad es muy variable.
Dirección: E-SE
Variaciones locales: Suele experimentar aumentos de intensidad en la zona de Famara.
Previsibilidad: Previsiones poco fiables.
Vientos del sur
Es producido directamente, y en general, por depresiones al Oeste de Canarias. Se distingue claramente del Siroco en que no es caliente y seco sino que, al contrario, suele traer lluvias. Además, complica el estado de la mar y por tanto la navegación. Siendo vientos poco frecuentes, se concentran casi exclusivamente en otoño e invierno.
Dirección: S-SW
Variaciones locales: ¿…?
Previsibilidad: Las previsiones suelen ser fiables.
Vientos del norte
[Cuando las depresiones están más en altura pueden generar vientos de componente Norte, variables en intensidad, frescos y con lluvias ocasionales. Cielos despejados, excelente visibilidad y magníficas puestas de sol]
Dirección: N-NW
Variaciones locales: ¿…?
Previsibilidad: ¿…?

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Zoom in on the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.