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Lanzarote Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Lanzarote has a warm, pleasant climate throughout the year with annual average temperatures of around 22°C (78°F) and very little rainfall (averaging less than 16 days per year). December and January are the months when this rainfall is most likely to occur. The north of the island tends to be windier and more cloudy.

Occasionally temperatures can soar to 40°C (104°F) and above when the sirocco wind brings hot, dry and sandy air from the Sahara. This can last from a few hours to a week.

Required clothing

Lightweight, plus some wind protection according to the season.

Geography

Lanzarote is the most northerly and the most easterly of the seven Canary Islands. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 125km (78 miles) off the border between Morocco and Western Sahara, and 1,020km (634 miles) from the Iberian Peninsula. The highest point on Lanzarote is Peñas del Chache at 670m (2,198ft).