Spain Climate and Typical Temperature

The southern Spain climate is similar to a warm Mediterranean climate. Hot days, cool nights with rainy springs and dry summers.

The typical weather varies depending in which part of the country you are in. It is diverse because of its proximity to the sea and its altitude and its mountainous areas.

Northern Spain and southern Spain is quite different, with the central and Atlantic coast having many similarities. Southern Spain climate is similar to that of a warm Mediterranean region. It is warm, a tad humid, and does get cool at night. It has high sunshine levels. Sometimes hot winds from north Africa flow to this area but sea breezes often halt the temperature from rising too much.

Winters are extremely mild compared to the rest of the country. However, The Mountains in the central part of Spain receive heavy snow in the winter on the sierras. It is usually cooler in the mountain towns, like Ronda because of the elevation.

Andalusia is located in both central Spain and south Spain. Andalusia has some of the hottest temperatures recorded, and Seville could be argued as one of the hottest cities.

South Spain Temperature and Seasons

The summers are from June to august, fall is September to November, and winter December through February. Spring is March through May.

January is the coldest month and July is the hottest.

  • Average temperature in January: 50F / 10C
  • Average temperature in February: 55F / 12C
  • Average temperature in March: 60F / 15C
  • Average temperature in April: 65F / 17C
  • Average temperature in May: 70F / 19C
  • Average temperature in June: 78F / 23C
  • Average temperature in July: 88F / 27C
  • Average temperature in August: 87F / 26C
  • Average temperature in September: 78F / 23C
  • Average temperature in October: 66F / 22C
  • Average temperature in November: 60F / 15C
  • Average temperature in December: 55F / 12C

Keep in mind that Seville is probably the hottest city in the region, its averages are a bit higher.

Much of their heat is dependent upon the sun. It does drop to cool temperatures at night, even in the heat of the summer.

The Sunshine in Andalusia

Andalusia is extremely sunny and there are only a few days without sunshine. I have heard locals call it the “country of sun”. On average, January and February average around 6 hours of sun a day. March has 7, April has 8, and May has 9 hours of sun a day. June is about 10 and July is the sunniest month at 12 hours a day. In August, the sun starts to decrease at 11 hours, September has 8, October and November average 6. December has the least amount of sun averaging at 5 hours of sunshine per day.

The Rain

Average rainfall can be heavy in early spring but is pretty dry in the summer, with July and August having a very low average of precipitation. The rainiest months are October and February, with an average of 3 inches of rainfall. The rest of the months have a moderate average between 1 and 2 inches of rain a month. July and August are the driest, so if you want to steer clear of any precipitation, this would be the time to travel. Beware though, these are also the hottest.

Northern Spain climate

If you happen to be traveling to the south of Spain but are also curious about the temperature and Spain climate in the mid to northern part of the country, it is not similar to the south. It is the wettest and cloudiest part of Spain. While it does have warm and sunny weather, the sunshine is not as great as the central and south regions. Their sunshine levels average between 2 and 8 hours per day.

The best time to travel based on temperature

I think the best time to travel based on the Spain climate is probably march through may, and September through November. If you really want it hot out because you are going to the beach, you might find the summer months tolerable. It just depends on your preference. Because the spring is the prettiest with the best temperature, it is high season and is more expensive. If you can swing going at this time, it’s totally worth it.

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