It’s been a hot summer on Tenerife. No let me rephrase that, it’s been a blisteringly hot summer on Tenerife.
It’s felt as though there’s been hot weather warnings nearly every week throughout summer. It’s been so hot that 30C is starting to feel ‘fresh’. But now summer’s over and autumn is here, temperatures normally drop to a more skin friendly 25C or so for the next couple of months…normally.
In Puerto de la Cruz just a couple week’s ago, the town’s thermometers showed a searing 42C. These machines are usually generous by a few degrees, but that still left temperatures in the upper 30s. We spent that weekend around Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas where temps were much the same. Because we had a few meetings arranged I chose to wear a polo shirt and long trousers with socks and shoes. In those temperatures it was madness; anything other than T-shirt, shorts and flips flops is way overdressed. I might have been aiming for a smart but casual look, but with the sweat pouring off me I ended up looking as though I’d been caught standing under a water pipe when it burst – I don’t think the drowned rat look impressed anyone.
With this run of hotter than usual weather on Tenerife, it didn’t really come as a surprise when AEMet (the Spanish Meteorological Office) announced that temperatures had been around 1.30C higher than average with temperatures reaching 42C in some parts during August…and that’s in the shade.
The good news for anyone planning on visiting Tenerife between now and Christmas is that this hot weather spell isn’t going to end soon according to AEMet. In fact in the period from October to December the weather forecasters are predicting that temperatures will continue to be higher than normal and rainfall will be lower.
For anyone wanting to escape dreary northern European climates to Tenerife’s warm and sunny shores, that piece of news should be sweet music to the ears.
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