Friday, September 10, 2021

Weather & Climate in Spain

EuropeSpainWeather & Climate in Spain

Spain is a sunny country with about 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Temperatures are mild, but there are always differences depending on the season and the region of the country. The mildest temperatures are in spring and autumn, which means you can spend almost all day outside. The highest temperatures occur in July and August, when it is hot and dry all over the country. The coldest temperatures occur in December, January and February, which are the wettest months, especially in northern Spain.

Spring – March to June

Many people agree that this is the best time of year to visit Spain. The sun shines almost always and every day there are more hours of sunshine to enjoy the outdoors with walks, evenings on the terrace, excursions to the countryside…. Take short or long-sleeved tops made of fine materials, jeans and colourful dresses. Accessories such as sunglasses, a sun hat, a pashmina and a pair of sandals can be good travelling companions to enjoy sunny mornings and afternoons. A popular saying (“En abril, aguas mil” (April showers)) reminds us to also take a small travel umbrella for the occasional short but intense showers. 

Summer – June to September

June, July, August and September are the hottest and driest months. Daytime temperatures are generally above 30 degrees Celsius. In the interior and in the south, temperatures can exceed 20 degrees at night. In the north the climate is milder, with cooler weather with some rainfall in areas like Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria. The most important thing to take along for the summer in Spain is a swimming costume for the beach. We recommend wearing light-coloured clothes. White clothing is also an important part of fashion in Ibiza. These clothes are flattering and comfortable in fine, flowing fabrics such as linen and cotton. Shoes are usually sandals or flip-flops.

Autumn – September to December

Temperatures are beginning to drop and it is getting colder, especially in the morning and late afternoon. Warm clothing, a light scarf and jackets or blazers are now necessary. At this time of year there are still plenty of sunny days, especially from Madrid to the south. Many people recommend bringing several layers of light clothing rather than heavy or very warm coats. In this way, it is easy to adapt to any time of the day. For example, in the evening it can get colder in the mountains or coastal areas due to the humidity. In autumn, there are sometimes storms and cold snaps.

Winter – December to March

These are the coldest months. Although Spain is not a rainy country, we recommend that you bring an umbrella. During these months in the north, rainfall is common. In the rest of the country, there can be several rainy days. We recommend that you bring warm clothing and accessories such as a scarf and gloves. In most parts of the country, waterproof footwear is not essential, comfortable shoes are more recommended, perhaps thicker boots and socks. Clothing made of warm fabrics such as wool, flannel and fleece, thermal underwear, tights and winter coats are necessary, especially in rural areas. If you are going to the Canary Islands, winter is very different and you will only need a light jacket.

Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures:

LocationColdest monthWarmest month
Madrid9.8 °C (49.6 °F)
2.7 °C (36.9 °F)
32.1 °C (89.8 °F)
19.0 °C (66.2 °F)
Barcelona14.8 °C (58.6 °F)
8.8 °C (47.8 °F)
29.0 °C (84.2 °F)
23.1 °C (73.6 °F)
Bilbao13.4 °C (56.1 °F)
5.1 °C (41.2 °F)
26.0 °C (78.8 °F)
15.7 °C (60.3 °F)
Cádiz16.0 °C (60.8 °F)
9.4 °C (48.9 °F)
27.9 °C (82.2 °F)
22.0 °C (71.6 °F)
Santa Cruz de Tenerife21.0 °C (69.8 °F)
15.4 °C (59.7 °F)
29.0 °C (84.2 °F)
21.9 °C (71.4 °F)