One of the biggest reasons many travellers choose Spain for their vacation is the beautiful weather. However, Spain is a large country that has a range of climates, from the icy mountain regions to the blazingly hot summers in Seville. So let’s take a closer look at what you can expect weather-wise if you visit one of my favourite countries in the world — Spain. ¡Vamos!
About Weather in Spain
Spain is renowned for its warm, sunny weather and if you head there during the summer months you will almost always be guaranteed plenty of sunshine wherever you are in the country. However, there are quite clear variations in weather patterns around the country so before you head there you may want to check the weather in different parts of Spain during different seasons. For example, the country’s capital of Madrid can exceed 90 degrees in the summer months but due to its elevation can drop down to a cool 25 in winter.
Not only does the weather in Spain vary between seasons but there are huge variations between different cities and regions. The south of Spain is best known for its exceptionally warm weather, whereas the northern region is much milder.
Below we take a closer look at the specific weather in Spain during different seasons.
Seasons in Spain
The weather in Spain can be divided into four seasons, much similar to the USA: spring, summer, fall and winter. In Spain the seasons are equally divided into three months each in length: summer runs from June through August; spring runs from March through May, fall runs from September through November and the winters from December through February.
The temperature variations between the seasons vary in different regions of Spain. The hottest major city in Spain on average is Seville in southern Spain – with average July temperatures of 66/95 (low and high). The coldest city in Spain on average is Santiago, with average July temperatures of 61/72 (low and high).
Summer in Spain
Summer in Spain is the warmest time of the year and also the most popular time for tourists to go and visit. Temperatures across Spain rarely go below 60 Fahrenheit during the summer months and regularly exceed 90.
The temperatures in central Spain, such as the capital of Madrid, are almost unbearably hot in mid-summer, so most people tend to head to the coastal areas such as Barcelona and Costa del Sol where temperatures are much more favorable. This includes both tourists and residents of central Spain, so you will find that a lot of shops and restaurants are closed during the summer months.
Winter in Spain
Although the most popular time to visit Spain is during the summer months, the winter can be a lot more tolerable in terms of the weather in Spain. In fact, few people realize that it actually snows in Spain.
The cities that are almost unbearably hot during the summer months are some of the coldest during the winter. A lot of the country is situated at a very high altitude, which makes the winters incredibly cold. Central Spain, including the cities of Toledo, Madrid and Salamanca are the coldest regions of Spain during the winter. As soon as you head north or south from these regions you will find slightly warmer weather.
Southern Spain still has quite warm winters, particularly in the Andalusia region. The north coast is kept relatively warm by the Atlantic Ocean.
Rainfall in Spain
Rainfall can make or break a trip to Spain; even if it is quite cold outside it can still be very pleasant if the sun is shining. Rain is much more common during the winter months – summers tend to be quite dry across Spain.
December is typically the rainiest month in Spain and Santiago (in Galicia) is the rainiest city in the country. Santiago averages 21 days of rain during December and 12 in June.
Valencia, Seville and Granada in Southern Spain see the least rainfall in Spain. During the summer months, there is barely any rainfall at all and the winters have an average of 9 days of rain per month. Rainfall is rarely heavy at any stage throughout the year – it is generally in short spurts.
If you’re already in Spain or about to head there, you can check the latest weather at The Weather Channel.