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Average Weather in Santa Lucía Spain

In Santa Lucía, the summers are comfortable, arid, and extremely windy; the winters are long, cool, dry, and windy; and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 71°F and is rarely below 47°F or above 76°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Santa Lucía for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late September.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from July 8 to October 14, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is August 20, with an average high of 71°F and low of 62°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.9 months, from December 16 to April 12, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is February 5, with an average low of 50°F and high of 59°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Channel Islands Beach, California, United States (5,869 miles away); Albany, Australia (9,683 miles); and Parakai, New Zealand (11,612 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Santa Lucía (view comparison).

Clouds

In Santa Lucía, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Santa Lucía begins around May 23 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around September 14. On July 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 98% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 2% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 14 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around May 23. On November 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Santa LucíaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2098%Jul 2098%Nov 1561%Nov 1561%May 2379%May 2379%Sep 1480%Sep 1480%clearmostly clearovercastpartly cloudymostly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

Santa Lucía does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 9%, with an average value of 4%.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 9% on January 15.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 159%Jan 159%Jun 270%Jun 270%Jan 19%Jan 19%Oct 195%Oct 195%Mar 245%Mar 245%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Santa Lucía experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 1.5 months, from November 27 to January 11, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 19, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 10 months, from January 11 to November 27. The least rain falls around July 9, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Santa Lucía varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 22 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2013 hr, 55 minJun 2113 hr, 55 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2312 hr, 8 minSep 2310 hr, 22 minDec 2110 hr, 22 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 7:01 AM on March 24, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 8 minutes later at 8:09 AM on October 27. The earliest sunset is at 6:06 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 56 minutes later at 9:02 PM on July 1.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Santa Lucía during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMMar 247:01 AMMar 247:01 AM9:02 PMJul 19:02 PMJul 1Dec 16:06 PMDec 16:06 PM8:09 AMOct 278:09 AMOct 27Mar 25DSTMar 25DSTDSTOct 28DSTOct 28daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Santa Lucía experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from July 9 to November 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 5% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 11, with muggy conditions 20% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 23, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Santa LucíamuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 230%Feb 230%Sep 1120%Sep 1120%Jul 95%Jul 95%Nov 45%Nov 45%muggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Santa Lucía experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from June 14 to September 5, with average wind speeds of more than 15.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 19.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 9.3 months, from September 5 to June 14. The calmest day of the year is October 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Santa LucíawindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mph22 mphJul 1719.1 mphJul 1719.1 mphOct 1312.1 mphOct 1312.1 mphJun 1415.6 mphJun 1415.6 mphSep 515.6 mphSep 515.6 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Santa Lucía varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 11 months, from January 15 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 100% on July 21. The wind is most often from the east for 1.2 months, from December 10 to January 15, with a peak percentage of 45% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Santa LucíaENEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%northeastwestsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Santa Lucía is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.0 months, from August 8 to November 7, with an average temperature above 72°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 22, with an average temperature of 74°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.9 months, from January 10 to May 5, with an average temperature below 67°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 28, with an average temperature of 66°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Santa Lucía throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Santa Lucía for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to late September, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Santa Lucíabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468109.39.34.84.8 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Santa Lucía for hot-weather activities is from late July to mid September, with a peak score in the third week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.54.50.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Temperatures in Santa Lucía are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3coldcoolcomfortablewarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Santa LucíaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°FJan 2090°FJan 2090°FMay 28900°FMay 28900°FAug 51,800°FAug 51,800°FDec 313,614°FDec 313,614°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from April 22 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 13, with an average of 8.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 1 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 17, with an average of 3.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Santa LucíabrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 138.1 kWhJun 138.1 kWhDec 173.5 kWhDec 173.5 kWhApr 227.2 kWhApr 227.2 kWhAug 217.2 kWhAug 217.2 kWhFeb 64.4 kWhFeb 64.4 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Santa Lucía are 27.912 deg latitude, -15.541 deg longitude, and 2,848 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Santa Lucía contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 3,743 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,678 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,401 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,404 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Santa Lucía is covered by shrubs (72%) and cropland (21%), within 10 miles by shrubs (54%) and cropland (20%), and within 50 miles by water (92%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Santa Lucía, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Santa Lucía.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Santa Lucía according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Santa Lucía is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Santa Lucía and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Gran Canaria Airport (65%, 15 kilometers, east) and Tenerife South Airport (35%, 102 kilometers, west).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.