The Canary Islands are frequently called 'The Islands of Eternal Spring' and have warm and sunny weather all year round,
with temperatures rarely dropping below 20ºC in the winter and 25ºC during the summer months. During an average year
there are normally no more than 16 days of rainfall and these can usually only be expected to occur during the 3 month
period of December to February.
Unlike most of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has no really high mountains, so therefore rain clouds rarely have the
opportunity to form, and although the island lies only a little way to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, the unique
combination of both Gulf and Trade Winds that sweeps the island, somehow prevent it from mirroring its
nearest neighbour the Sahara desert.
As a generalisation, the north of the island is usually windier and cloudier than the south, which is due partly
to the moist trade winds normally blowing from the north. The southern part of the island on the other hand is
much drier and hotter and can experience as much as 2,500 hours of sunshine per year. The most moderate climate on the island
is usually found in central Lanzarote, and here, as you would expect, is where most of the local population chose to live.