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How To Beat The Heat On Lanzarote

The weather on Lanzarote is super hot at the moment, the thermometer is reaching the high 30’s, making it almost too intense to venture outdoors. All of which is thanks to the presence of a calima, which has helped to ramp the heat on the island way up above normal seasonal levels.

Hot Saharan Dust Cloud

 

Calima dust cloud, Canary Islands

A Calima sweeps in from The Sahara....

 

A calima is essentially a dust cloud that blows in to the Canaries periodically from the Sahara desert, which is located just 100km away. This cloud then sits over the island like a lid, covering everything in a fine layer of sandy dust and inflating temperatures by up to ten degrees. Now during the winter months, when the thermometer is in the mid 20’s this is an always welcome addition. But come summertime when it is already hot enough this can make it a bit unbearable, as you only have to move to break sweat.

Locals find it hard to sleep and work when it gets this hot as Lanzarote is usually cooled by a refreshing breeze, so don’t be surprised if tempers get a little frayed. Indeed on other island chains to the south such as the Cape Verdes, where they endure moth long calimas, this type of freak weather can create serious social problems.

Keeping Your Cool

Luckily on Lanzarote though these periods of intense calima induced heat only last for a few days at most. But if you are already on the island in one of our villas or apartments or are arriving in the next day or so what can you do to keep cool?

Air conditioning suddenly becomes a very attractive thing when there is a calima. If you are hiring a car make sure you stipulate that you need a vehicle fitted with an effective cooling system, as just opening your car window is akin to having a hair dryer set to hot blown in your face. It’s also a good idea to invest in a cheap car windscreen shield, as this helps to ensure that your car doesn’t feel like an oven when you get into it after a visit to the beach.

Hit The Beach

You’ll certainly find that you’ll be spending a fair amount of time at the beach as this is the best place to head for when the heat is on. Just being by the sea helps to reduce the temperature by a few degrees – and jumping into the Atlantic is always a great way to bring down your core body temperature too, even if the effect only lasts for a few minutes. If you do plan to spend more time on the beach follow all of the obvious precautions such as taking along a sun shade, hat and plenty of lotion as well as water – you’ll need it all!

Take A Boat Trip

 

Catlanza catamaran, Papagayo, Lanzarote

Chill Out on board the Catlanza Catamaran...

 

One other good way to keep cool is to book a boat trip, as being out on the waves also helps to reduce the temperature considerably. There are quite a few options here for anyone seeking a decent day trip, such as booking an excursion on board the Catlanza catamaran, which sails from the marina at Puerto Calero to the beaches of Papagayo in the south.

Guests on board can enjoy free snorkeling and jet skiing once the multimillion catamaran has dropped anchor. Whilst the less active can just drink in the views from the free on board bar whilst waiting for the crew to cook up their lunch. The cost isn’t cheap at 58 Euros per adult, but it is still one of the most popular days out on Lanzarote.

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Weather in Lanzarote – When’s The Best Time To Visit?

It’s August in Lanzarote and after a week or so of blistering heat with temperatures in the high 30’s Celsius today is a much cloudier and cooler day – it’s even been trying to rain.  Which goes to show that much like anywhere else on the planet Lanzarote has good and bad days when it comes to the weather.

But whilst you can’t make guarantees you can certainly discern broader patterns and trends throughout the year, which is important as one of the most frequently asked questions we are asked to field is when’s the best time of year to visit Lanzarote?  Or what will the weather be like in September (substitute other months as applicable here!).

 

Papagayo Beach, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Enjoy Lanzarote's Beaches All Year Round

Year Round Sunshine

So let´s try and get this straight – on Lanzarote the weather is good all year round.  By good we mean hot enough to sunbathe on the beach, with little in the way of cloud and certainly nothing in the way of rainfall.  That´s the norm – but then you can get aberrations which last for weeks on end. 

What is certain however is that certain times of year are more reliable than others, whilst during certain months specific climate factors such as the Trade Winds can kick in, having a major impact on how the weather actually feels when you´re on the ground here. 

Autumn – Our Favourite Season

So when do we think is the best time of year to visit?  Our standard answer is any time, as the weather really is great all year round.  But if you were to push me then I´d have to say that my favourite time of the year on the island weather wise is autumn – and there are a number of reasons for this.  Firstly, the Trade Winds that blow from roughly April through to August have dropped away by September, which makes sunbathing on the beach a much more pleasurable experience.  It also makes nighttimes more enjoyable as you don’t have to keep a jacket or top handy in case the wind picks up again.

Secondly the sea temperatures are still at their highest – but as the schools return both here and across Europe the beaches become a lot less crowded.  Which means obviously that you have a lot more space to spread out and enjoy and less competition for wave room in the water.

Beating The Winter Blues

After autumn we think the next best time to visit is in winter, especially this side of Xmas and the New Year.  As there is still little in the way of wind and nothing to beat the feeling of escaping cold and grey Britain for the clear blue skies and sunshine of Lanzarote.  Sure, the temperatures do start to fall a little as Autumn moves into winter here, but even then you can still expect to enjoy heat in the low to mid 20´s Celsius.  If you are staying in a villa or apartment complex such as then you´ll find that these are usually so well protected from any winds that the ambient heat is in fact much greater.  And the further south you stay, the more likely you are to experience better weather, making Playa Blanca the best choice of resort at that time of the year.

February, March and even April can often prove to be the least reliable months on Lanzarote weather wise.  As the oceans start to warm again after winter this can create plenty of cloud and even rainfall, although you could also just as easily experience two weeks of unbroken sunshine.  But if we were pressed on which months are the riskiest then we would have to plump for those.

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