Hottest Canary Islands in August

 By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

The Canary Islands are hot at the height of summer, but never unbearably so. Although the UV index is extremely high, humidity remains low compared to mainland Europe, so you won’t feel uncomfortably hot. Chances of rain are close to zero (while August is one of the wettest months in the UK).

Lanzarote is marginally hotter than the other islands in August, although all of them feel very summery. Even at night temperatures rarely fall below 20ºC so you probably won’t need a jacket or cardigan in the evening.

  • London

Average maximum temperature: 22ºC
Average minimum temperature: 13ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6

  • Gran Canaria

Average maximum temperature: 27ºC
Average minimum temperature: 20ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

Gran Canaria has 40 miles of beaches – with the most golden sands in the south – and a starkly beautiful volcanic interior. It’s a great destination for foodies too – the island grows its own coffee and makes its own rum. See a pick of the best places to stay in Gran Canaria along with some boutique hotels.

  • Lanzarote

Average maximum temperature: 28ºC
Average minimum temperature: 20ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

Lanzarote is a gorgeous island with golden sandy beaches, volcanoes, lava fields, palm groves and picturesque villages. There are some lovely boutique hotels or you could rent a villa with private pool. Young families should head to the Princess Yaiza Resort. A good way to explore the island is on an independent walking holiday.

  • Fuerteventura

Average maximum temperature: 27ºC
Average minimum temperature: 20ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

Popular with surfers and windsurfers, as well as beach bums of all ages, Fuerteventura is a wonderful island to kick back and enjoy nature at its finest. There’s a good selection of charming and good-value places to stay.

  • Tenerife

Average maximum temperature: 26ºC
Average minimum temperature: 19ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

The south of Tenerife has the best of the beaches, and is home to the busiest resorts and the best nightlife. If you want to escape the crowds, head to the west coast or the north. Couples should check out these luxury hotels in Tenerife. For families, I suggest The Ritz-Carlton, Abama or the Sheraton La Caleta. For local charm and character, see these boutique hotels.

See our guide to where to go in the Canaries, and discover the lesser-known Canary Islands.

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