I was impressed by the beauty of some gardens in Lanzarote’s Puerto del Carmen so I try to find out more about the climate of the island. What I found:
Frequently called ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’, the Canary Islands have warm and sunny weather all year round, with temperatures rarely under 16ºC (61ºF) in winter and 25ºC (77ºF) in summer, influenced by their closeness to Northern Africa, which applies especially to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Lanzarote lies within a zone of hot and dry climate, where rain is very rare, resulting in a semi-desert climate. Unlike most of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote features no high mountains (the highest being around 670 metres – 2,198 ft), which means that it is lacking the natural barrier, the so-called ‘sea of clouds’, normally responsible for creating rain conditions, lower evaporation and a reasonable humidity level.
On an average there are no more than 16 days of rainfall annually – and these can usually be experienced during the months December to February!
Lanzarote’s climate can vary depending on where you are – even so it has the most consistent climate of all the islands of the archipelago, which makes it a favourite winter holiday destination for northern Europeans. The north of the island is usually windier and cloudier and has a little more rain due to the moist trade winds blowing generally from the north. The southern part is drier and hotter and enjoys as much as 2500 sunshine hours annually. Central Lanzarote, located between the windier north and the sunnier south, can be said to have the most moderate climate on the island.
Lanzarote suffers the warmest days of the year in summer when the hot sirocco wind – a phenomenon referred to by the locals askalima or Tiempo Africano (African weather) – is prevailing. This hot, dry air from the Sahara desert, laden with fine dust, makes everybody feel very uncomfortable.
infos from spain-lanzarote.com website
I don’t know about the sirocco wind and I’m a little concerned because I’ll visit the island in August and some tourists told me what a hot temperature they were forced to accept in that particular month. Anyway, better than coldness of the North… this is also the motif for my new poll:
And now, “the gardens”: