Weather and Seasons in Spain
Due to its interesting geographical position (only 14 km away from the African continent), Spain does not have the same weather across the country.
Testimony of this is the fact that Spain has deserts, semi-deserts, wet river valleys, but dried corridors as well, rocky coastlines and swamps.
Due to influences from Africa, during summer, heat waves affect the entire Iberian Peninsula.
These are the combined effort of the high temperature above 44 degrees Celsius, which affects mostly southern Spain (Andalusia) and warm air masses arrived from northern Africa.
However, due to the gentle Mediterranean climate, the touristic season lasts all year long and in this country sun shines for almost 320 days a year; the high season months are June, July, August and September.
Seasons in Spain
The warmest region is alongside the Mediterranean Sea, namely, the south and east of Spain. There is a Mediterranean subtropical climate, and most days are sunny and bright.
Temperatures fluctuate around the values of 25 to 30 °C, so we can talk about pleasant summer temperatures that encourage tourists to practice water sports and tanning.
Winters in Spain are mild; it is not worth speaking of a real winter when there are temperatures of 8-15 °C. Most rains happen in spring and autumn, but they are rather rare. However, they are more often alongside beaches.
As you come further into the continental area, the weather gets harsher.
In Castilia-La Mancha, Extremadura, Madrid and Aragon the winters are much colder and often accompanied by snow.
There are higher differences of temperature between day and night than some tourists might be used to, so it’s recommended you bring both summer clothes and warm, thick ones.
There are also significant differences of temperature between mountain and lowland areas, where the climate is Continental.
The warmest region of Spain is Andalusia in the south. In July and August, the Andalusian average air temperature varies between 27 and 29 ºC and the sea water between 22 and 23 ºC.