If you wondering to know what would be the best time to travel to Gran Canaria, you will also be interested in knowing which temperature the water reaches in the Canary Islands during the summer. Obviously, one tends to think that the sea is warmer for those dates, but is this really so?

In this article, we will explain everything you should know about the water temperature in the Canary Islands during the summer and what environmental or human factors can influence it.

What is the geographical location of the Canary Islands?

Before start talking about the water temperature during the summer in the Canary Islands, it should be noted that the archipelago is located near the coast of Africa. This means that it´s surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and its also considered one of the most outer regions of the European Union.

Regarding to the currents of water that hits the coasts of each island, two phenomenon must be distinguished: The northeast Coastal Current of the Canary Islands, which comes from the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the warmer currents which arrive from the south of the Gulf of Mexico. The combination of both currents, cold and warm, generates a pleasant temperature throughout the year. But it is in summer when, due to the rotation of the Earth, the sea temperature in the Canary Islands reaches an average of 22 ° C.

However, it has been detected that in the south-eastern areas of the islands it is possible to reach 26 ° C because there is less exchange between the deep and cold waters of the Atlantic. In fact, decades ago the water was a little lower than the current temperature.

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What is the weather like in the Canary Islands during the summer?

According to the geographical location and the influences of the sea currents, it can be stated that the climate in the Canary archipelago is temperate all year. Even so, if you are interested in the beach, we will explain what are the best months to pack your bags and make your hotel reservation.


In late spring, you will enjoy a warm temperature around 24 ° C, so you can take a bath in the beach and enjoy the sun at any time. In addition to this, this time it´s when there are hardly rain falls, so we recommend visiting the Canary Islands on these dates.


The water temperature in the Canary Islands manages to reach 20 ° C during the day, while on the beach it reaches 26 ° C. Many tourists consider the month of June to be the best time to travel in summer, since it is not too hot yet and you can enjoy many other activities within the archipelago, such as hiking.


If you are planning to travel in July, in addition to warmer temperatures, you will find more visitors. During this month the archipelago is enveloped in temperatures between 25 ° and 30 ° C, ideal for spending all day at the beach.

Throughout this month up to 10 hours of sun per day are reached and the probability of rain is low. The island of Fuerteventura is highly recommended to enjoy the July holidays since it has a warm climate and optimal water temperature to practice water sports with the whole family.


In August, the water temperature in the Canary Islands can reach 24 degrees, the highest of the whole year. Also, the ambient temperature can reach 30 ° C.

August is one of the favorite months for many visitors to enjoy the sea in Gran Canaria and sunbathe on one of its beaches.

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September is the last month to enjoy the warm water temperatures in the Canary Islands during the summer. However, there are many tourists who still tend to frequent the beaches in October, and throughout the year.

Unlike the previous months, September has a lower tourist flow. European countries finish theis holidays and start working and school activities. But if you have time take the opportunity to enjoy an average temperature of 25 ° C on the islands.


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What is the average water temperature in the summer?

After analyzing the maritime influences from other coasts, as well as the climate in different months of the year and other factors, it can be stated that the average water temperature in summer is between 18 ° C and 24 ° C in general.

According to the islands, these figures may vary gradually. For example, in Fuerteventura the average annual water temperatures are 18 ° C, while in Gran Canaria it is 20 ° C.

This makes the sea breeze always fresh and help to tolerate the high temperatures of mid-summer, especially in July and August.

In addition, the geographical location means that you can spend your holidays on the islands at any time of the year, due to its mild climate and a wide variety of activities designed for all types of visitors.

Now that you know what the water temperature is in the Canary Islands during the summer, we invite you to make your reservations at one of the Lopesan Group’s accommodations for an unforgettable vacation. If you need more information, contact us and we will answer your questions.



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