Canary Islands tourists warned of ‘abnormally hot’ summer heading their way

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun16,2024

The Canary Islands are bracing for a particularly hot summer, with forecasts predicting temperatures significantly above the seasonal average. Last year, the archipelago endured its hottest summer on record, setting a daunting precedent for this year’s heat.

According to, the months of June, July, and August are expected to bring temperatures higher than normal. June is anticipated to have slightly above-average temperatures, accompanied by increased rainfall despite its typically stormy nature.

In the previous year, the Canary Islands experienced unprecedented heat, with temperatures soaring up to 46.2°C. This extreme weather was linked to the deaths of 81 people due to heat-related symptoms.

The islands recorded 200 temperature records across various weather stations, highlighting the severity of the conditions.

These records included 71 for the highest monthly average temperature, 63 for the highest average maximum temperatures, 76 for the highest average minimum temperature, and 28 for the highest absolute maximum temperature.

The average temperature last summer was 24.5°C, which was 1.8 degrees higher than usual. The archipelago faced two hot spells in June and July, followed by two heat waves in August, marking it as the hottest August on record for the Canary Islands.

The heat was most intense in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura, with temperature anomalies of +1.8 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Palma experienced a slightly lower anomaly of +1.4 degrees Celsius. Despite these anomalies, no new record highs were set in either province.

Throughout the summer, the islands experienced numerous “tropical” nights, where temperatures didn’t drop below 20°C. Additionally, 10 percent of weather stations recorded “hellish” nights, with temperatures remaining above 30°C.

Rainfall was also notably higher than average, making it the second-wettest summer on record for the Canary Islands. Storm Oscar in June brought nearly 17 litres per square metre, five times the expected amount for the month. While July saw normal rainfall levels, August was 24 percent wetter than usual, resulting in an average of 20.3 litres per square metre over the entire summer, nearly four times the usual amount (+276 percent).

Tyler Mitchell

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  1. Are there any specific precautions that tourists should take to stay safe during this ‘abnormally hot’ summer in the Canary Islands?

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