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Climatic conditions on La Palma

Climate generally

Out of Africa is a small island with probably the finest climate condition in the world: The Canary Island La Palma. Trade winds and the Gulf Stream ensure that it is rarely really hot and even more rarely really cold. La Palma has been already called as the "Island of eternal spring" by the ancient Romans. The palmeros speak of their "Isla Verde" or the "Isla Bonita" because the island is so green and so beautiful.

Weather and accommodation

But be careful! Those who travel to La Palma, need to know the intricacies of the weather, so that they book their accommodation in the right corner of the island.

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There are two rules of thumb. Firstly, the temperature drops - measured from sea level - 1 degree per 100 meters. If Puerto Naos, which is at sea level, has 20 degrees, the temperature in 300 meters above sea level Todoque will be 17 degrees and in the area of El Paso, which is on more than 600 meters above sea level, pretty cool with 14 degrees.

Rule number 2: The weather on the west side of the island is generally - and especially in the winter - sunnier and drier than on the eastern "rheumatism site" how we say here on La Palma

This means: extreme sun-seeking winter vacationers should book their accommodation on the west side, below 300 meters above sea level. The warmest zone here is the area between Puerto Naos and Tazacorte up to Las Norias.

From Todoque, La Laguna and Los Llanos right up to El Paso it can be sometimes very fresh, especially in the winter months. This zone is ideal for people who don’t like high temperatures. However, it does not matter if you have booked a house or apartment with heating system, to have it pleasant in the evenings.

The same applies for accommodations in the north or east of the island: Without heating in winter you can - and sometimes even in the summer - come into shivering especially at night.

Weather and swimming

The temperatures move on La Palma from November to March between pleasant 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. In the summer months they rise up to 28 until 30 degrees Celsius.

Conclusion: You can bathe in summer and winter, because the sea on the west side is not colder than 18 degrees, and has even in winter often 22 degrees. What a swimmer likes, applies also for divers: snorkeling and diving through the underwater world of La Palma is the whole year possible – if the water is to cold, pick up the neoprene.

A little tip: Even in the winter months sunbathers should use the sun protection like in summer. Reason: La Palma is located between the 27th and 29th latitude near the equator, means the sunlight is much more intensive than in the rest of Europe.

And one more tip for those people who like the water: Caution - you swim here in the Atlantic Ocean! This huge puddle is sometimes special. On days with high waves and currents the Baywatch hoists at the official beaches yellow or red flags. Yellow means caution when bathing. Red is quite simply "Danger". However this is rare - but when please do not swim or snorkel.

Weather and Hiking

The hikers under the La-Palma-visitors should pay attention on the "all-100-altitude-1-degree-less" rule. Means: Never go without a warm jacket in the mountains! Even rain protection is important here. Because the mountain range running from north to south of the islands built a natural weather divide, where from the east trade wind blown clouds snagging. Then it is possible that it rains a bit. This is just fine for the evergreen Canarian pines, but the unprotected hikers don’t like it.

Do not be fooled, especially if you start during sunshine in the valley! The "Mar de Nubes" or the "La Cascada", as the palmeros call their photogenic sea of clouds; can come very fast over the peaks.

You don’t need to be scared about snow on La Palma. It can happen, but only in winter at an altitude of 2.000 meters. The "Roque de los Muchachos" - with more than 2.400 meters, the highest mountain on the island - has in winter often a white beanie.

Weather and lots of tips

If La Palma is called as "Island of Eternal Spring", is this fair enough, true the view at the average annual temperatures. However note: It may even rain during spring!

La Palma is so green and pleasant tempered, because of the constant trade wind blowing from the northeast. This forms over the equator and takes on its same old way across the Atlantic and brings coolness and humidity. The results are big clouds. The clouds stick on to the 40-kilometer mountain ranges of La Palma in the north and east and start to leak.

That’s why the southwest side of the island is much sunnier. Between October and April it may happen that wind coming from the west side of the Atlantic gives the trade winds coming from the northeast a counterpoint. Then it rains in the west side of the Island, down to Puerto Naos. But do not panic: This happens usually just for a few days.

In summary it can be said that the climate in La Palma is wonderful. Rain is a part of it, but only in some winter seasons there is too much of it. Therefore another tip: Follow the sun when it should be cloudy at your holiday home in La Palma. Often there is only a few kilometres away the best weather. You get help from various stationed webcam points of the island.

Summary: Be cheerful if you see clouds, inform yourself on the internet, or just sit in the car and drive to the "blue holes". Regarding your clothing, you are during the winter months, no matter where, on the safe side with the "onion skin principle": underneath a midsummer outfit, over it something with sleeves and above of it a warm fleece or rain jacket.

Last but not least one insider tip: The best months for holiday on La Palma are May / June and September / October. Not only because in the “mid-season" is not many hustle and bustle. The probability of rain during these months is very, very small and it is warm until late night, but not as hot as during the summer. Further on during this months are great promotions for holiday accommodations, which can be found here.

Weather and Kalima

If La Palma is called as "Island of Eternal Spring", is this fair enough, true the view at the average annual temperatures. However note: It may even rain during spring!

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The weather on La Palma during Kalima is a bit special. Sometimes the hot east wind brings fine sand from the Sahara to the Canary Islands. As La Palma is the most western island of the Canary Islands, it has a blessing in disguise, because the most part of the Sahara dust is intercepted by the other islands which are closer to the mainland.

Nevertheless "Kalima" is also not pleasant here. The humidity drops, a hot wind is blowing over the island, red sand obscures the view and passes through every crack. It can be up to 40 degrees - especially in the higher zones. The best zone during "Kalima" is in the towns at sea level, because the ocean ensures slight cooling.

Just during the winter time people who are living on the upper layers of La Palma are lucky about "Kalima", because it warms everything up. But this doesn't happen during summer. The desert wind dries out the vegetation. Severe damage in agriculture and in the lovingly tended gardens is not unusual. The worse case it is when during a "Kalima" a fire occurs: The fire is constantly fueled, so that it is almost impossible to extinguish the fires.

Temperature on La Palma

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
day temperature 21 21 22 22 23 24 25 26 26 25 23 22
night temperature 14 14 15 15 16 17 18 20 20 18 16 15
sunshine hours 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 9 8 6 5 5
water temperature 19 18 18 19 20 21 22 23 23 22 21 20