What is the weather like in Fuerteventura in winter?

Fuerteventura in winter

When people are looking for somewhere to go to escape the cold and rain in northern Europe during winter one of their first questions is “What is the weather like in Fuerteventura in winter?”

Fuerteventura in winter
Sue on the beach in El Cotillo on Boxing Day (26th December)

Well in this video, hopefully, I will answer that question.  I have experienced winter in Fuerteventura for the past 9 years.

One of the key things about deciding to retire in Fuerteventura was the climate. It has to have the best climate in the world year round. Rarely too hot in summer and never actually cold in winter. I used to suffer from sad (seasonal affective disorder) in the UK I think in winter. Another way of putting it is – I was totally pissed off with the weather!

The lowest average winter temperatures are in January with an average of 18°C but of course that means that many days are above 20°C.

For full details of the weather here year round check out the weather page.

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Fuerteventura Weather – Calima and dirty rain


Fuerteventura Weather – Calima and dirty rain

In the middle of July we had a Calima, which isn’t unusual, but then we also had a thunderstorm. Because there was so much dust in the air, due to the Calima, once the rain dried it left dust stuck to everything.

It took days to clean the terraces, windows and then the swimming pool. In fact, I had to clean the pool on the waste setting. This was because the dust was so fine that the filters could not cope with it. By cleaning on the waste setting all the dust and water sucked up from the bottom goes straight out into the front garden, rather than being recycled through the filter. It took 4 hours to top the pool up afterwards.

What is a Calima?

A Calima is a wind that blows from the Sahara Desert in the east towards the Canary Islands. Generally it brings very hot weather and lots of dust. It has been known to bring a plague of locusts a few years ago.

It is very rare for us to get rain in Fuerteventura at this time of year but at least it is good for the garden and the wildlife. Fortunately the Canary Islands weather is 99% good year round with just the occasional blip.

NOTE: It is now early August and we have another Calima but it is hotter than before. Hopefully we will not get any rain to go with it.

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Fuerteventura Calima – so it is very hot today!

Fuerteventura Calima

Fuerteventura Calima – so it is very hot today!

Fuerteventura Calima – Living in Fuerteventura is such a trial!

The wind has changed and is now blowing from the east. This means that we have a Calima which brings with it sand and dust (and heat) from the Sahara Desert (which is only 100 miles away). When this happens the temperatures rise quickly. The temperature has gone from the low to mid 20ºCs into the upper 30ºCs. Oh dear, how terrible.

We get a Calima in Fuerteventura quite a few times during the year. It is all just part of the weather in Fuerteventura that you get used to when living in the Canary Islands.

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Strong Gales in Fuerteventura – El Cotillo

Gales in Fuerteventura

Strong Gales in Fuerteventura – El Cotillo

There was a severe storm and gales in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands the weekend of 11th-12th February 2017. We had very strong gale force winds and driving rain at times. This isn’t typical of Fuerteventura weather though, fortunately, otherwise we probably wouldn’t live here. The storm was predicted to hit the island a few days before so there were plenty of warnings issued by the local government agencies. Local events were cancelled and the local school was closed for 4 days after the storm as it lost part of its roof during the gale.

As you will see in the video, the seas became very rough with large waves breaking over the new harbour wall. Also, much of the sand on the Surfer’s beach was washed away. This happens most years and, incredibly, the beach always repairs itself over the next few months until it is back to normal.

The gale blew down a tree at home in the afternoon. That is particularly a shame as there aren’t enough trees on the island. Unfortunately it also fell through a fence that separates our front garden from the swimming pool in the rear garden. More work to do. Getting rid of the tree was easy though. I just asked on a Facebook forum if anyone with a wood burner wanted to cut it up and take it. The next day a couple who live locally arrived with a pick-up truck and a chain saw and it was gone in an hour.

gale forced winds in Fuerteventura
Pretty big seas hit the cliffs

I had to go to our holiday apartment in El Cotillo after the electricity kept tripping. This was due to rain getting into the water pump electrics. While I was in El Cotillo I took some video of the big, choppy seas. Trying to protect the camera from the sea spray wasn’t easy at times as the spray was flying horizontally.

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Heavy Rain in Fuerteventura in October

Heavy rain in fuerteventura

Heavy Rain in Fuerteventura in October

rain in fuerteventura
Heavy rain in Fuerteventura

Although not unheard of at this time of year, we have had quite a lot of heavy rain in Fuerteventura over the past week. We have had a number of “orange” weather alerts, not just for us, but for the whole of the Canary Islands. Roads have been closed by torrents of water running across the roads. One of the problems here as that the ground is so hard, or just rock, so that the water doesn’t soak in. It either just runs off the land and ends up in the sea or it sits in large puddles until it eventually evaporates. The temperature is still in the mid-20s though with the sun coming out between rain showers.

We have been losing our electricity as the rain finds its way into the wiring. Fortunately I have isolated it to the lighting circuit so we have other electricity available for tv and internet. I went to bed by candlelight the night before last for the first time in many years.


Oscar seems to quite like walking though the puddles but Jenson isn’t keen at all. Fortunately the walk we go on most is paved for most of it so wed can avoid the mud.


Freak Summer Weather In Fuerteventura – Thunderstorm

Freak summer weather in Fuerteventura

Freak summer weather in Fuerteventura – Thunderstorm

The weather in Fuerteventura is rarely like this in the summer.

We had some very unusual freak summer weather in Fuerteventura a few days ago. Normally we do not have any rain from March through to November/December in Fuerteventura – in fact the island had none at all for 18 months 4 or 5 years ago. This thunderstorm built up and lasted for quite a few hours and was followed by heavy rain. But by the following afternoon the weather was back to normal with clear blue skies and temperatures in the high 20Cs.

The video contains the highlights of those lightning strikes and thunder that I managed to capture. Not too spectacular but it was good practice.

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