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What is the climate like in Spain?

The climate of Spain has an average yearly temperature of 22°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 11°C and rise to 35°C.

Annually, about 466 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in Spain. Additionally, about 4,8 cm of snow falls each year.

The best time to visit Spain is April until June, September and October. During this period, you will experience pleasant temperatures and not too much rain, making it ideal to visit Spain.

Temperature 11 to 35°C
Rain 466 mm
Snow 4,8 cm

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The climate of Spain
  • Average yearly temperature: 22°C
  • Highest temperature: 35°C in July
  • Lowest temperature: 11°C in January
  • Rainfall: 466 mm per year, averaging 39 mm by month
  • Driest months: 11 mm in July, 17 mm in August and 20 mm in June
  • Wettest months: 68 mm in October, 59 mm in April and 55 mm in November
  • Snowfall: 4,8 cm per year

Climate table Spain

The climate table for Spain shows the average temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 11 14 16 20 25 30 35 34 28 22 15 13
Nighttime temperature (°C) 2 3 5 8 12 17 20 20 16 12 6 4
Rainfall (mm) 35 34 53 59 29 20 11 17 42 68 55 43
Snowfall (cm) 4,1 0,2 0,3 0,2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UV Index 4 5 7 8 8 9 9 8 7 6 4 4
Best month No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No

Temperature by month in Spain

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in Spain

Temperature by month in Spain

Rainfall by month in Spain

This graph shows the average monthly rainfall in millimeters in Spain.

Rainfall by month in Spain

Snowfall by month in Spain

This graph shows the average snowfall in centimeters by month in Spain.

Snowfall by month in Spain

UV index by month in Spain

This graph shows the average UV index by month in Spain.

UV index by month in Spain

Yearly temperature in Spain

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in Spain, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in Spain

Yearly total rainfall in Spain

This graph shows the average yearly rainfall in millimeters in Spain.

Rainfall per year in Spain

Yearly snowfall in Spain

This graph shows the average yearly snowfall in Spain, measured in centimeters.

Snowfall per year in Spain

More climate information about Spain

Spain has a varied climate due to its vast size and varied topography. Due to its Mediterranean climate, the country has hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The weather varies not only by location, but also by season.

Regional differences

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Most of Spain has a Mediterranean climate, with a few notable exceptions. One of Spain's most notable climate zones is the central plateau, which covers much of the interior. This area has a continental climate, which means that summers are hot and winters are cold.

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In winter it can get as cold as -10 degrees Celsius, while in summer it can get as hot as 40 degrees Celsius. With remarkable differences between day and night temperatures, the area is known for its extreme temperature variations.

Mediterranean coast

The Mediterranean coast, which forms the eastern and southern borders of Spain, is another important climate region. With mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, the climate in this area is typically Mediterranean.

In summer, highs are between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, while minima in winter are between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Due to the long, hot summers and mild winters, this region is known for its beaches and sunbathing.

The North of Spain

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In northern Spain, where the climate is milder, are Galicia and the Basque Country. These areas have mild and reliable weather throughout the year thanks to the Atlantic Ocean.

In summer, maxima are between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, while minima in winter are between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. The lush, green landscapes and abundant rainfall make this area popular with lovers of the outdoors and nature.

The Canary Islands

A subtropical climate, finally, is found in the Canary Islands, located off the coast of Africa. These islands experience constant warmth throughout the year thanks to their average temperature of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The islands are popular with travelers looking for a warm, tropical location because the weather there is consistently pleasant and sunny.

Spring in Spain

In Spain, spring lasts from March to May, and the weather is usually lovely with few rainy days. While it is 15 to 20 degrees in the middle and south, the average temperature in the north is between 10 and 15 degrees. Since it is not yet high season, there are not many tourists and the weather in Spain is usually pleasant, making it a good place to travel.

Summer in Spain

Spanish summers are typically hot and dry from June to August, with average temperatures in the south and center of the country of 25 to 30 degrees. In the north, temperatures are slightly colder, between 20 and 25 degrees.

Spain is busiest at this time of year because so many visitors come to enjoy the country's beaches and other attractions. But because it can get quite hot, you should drink plenty of water and limit your time outside during the hottest hours of the day.

Autumn in Spain

In autumn in Spain, which lasts from September to November, the weather begins to cool down. While temperatures in the north are between 10 and 15 degrees, in the middle and south they are between 15 and 20 degrees, respectively. Spain is a good place to travel at this time of year because there are fewer people and the weather is usually nice.

Winter in Spain

Winter in Spain usually lasts from December to February and is mild and rainy. The average temperature in the central and southern regions of the country is between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius, although it can occasionally get warmer.

Temperatures in Galicia and the Basque Country, which are more northerly and usually warmer, average between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. Snow does not often fall in most of the country, but snow can fall at higher altitudes and in the mountains.

Best time to visit Spain

Since Spain is a large country with different climatic conditions, the period when you are here will certainly influence the kind of holiday you will have. Generally, spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) are considered the best time to visit Spain.

During this time you have great weather, less crowds, good prices and lots of things to do! And because these periods are off-season, accommodations are generally cheaper, restaurants aren't crowded and you don't have to spend half the day in line for the next attraction.

July and August are the high season in Spain

High season in Spain is during the sunny summer months. July and August are the wettest, busiest and most expensive in the coastal areas, and the least crowded but uncomfortably hot and dusty inland.

It is actually best to visit the beaches in late spring/early summer (May or early June) or late summer (August to September, even October) to avoid the extreme heat.

So Spain can be terribly hot in the summer, winters can again be very cold inland (and very rainy on the coast), and spring and fall can be surprisingly cool.

However, no matter what date you visit Spain, you will not be disappointed. Year-round, there is great food, incredible museums, and a culture worth immersing yourself in.

Weather experiences in Spain

The weather in Spain is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars by 9 visitors.

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Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

In the years we have been in Spain - Costa Granada - we have never experienced as much rain as we did at Easter 2024. If anyone knows the total number of millimeters during Easter week, a total number could be interesting. My guess is 150 mm.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

There were more gray rainy days than sunny moments. It was cooler than expected, with temperatures around 15 degrees. Not ideal vacation weather for me.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

Beautiful warm days, but also a few rainy days. Temperatures were around 20 degrees, quite pleasant, but perhaps too cold for a beach vacation. So the weather was mixed.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

Bright blue skies and sunny days. The temperature was mild and pleasant, between 20 and 25 degrees. Brief showers at the beginning of the month, but generally nice weather!— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

The sun was shining brightly and the temperatures were lovely and warm, perfect for a sunny vacation. It was almost cloudy, fantastic.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

In February, the weather in Spain was mild and mild. There were a number of sunny days when you could enjoy terraces. Too chilly for beach, but ideal for sightseeing.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

Pleasant temperatures, lots of sunshine and almost every day perfect for swimming in the beautiful sea. Truly a 5-star experience.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

Perfect for a vacation where you want to escape the cold. Highly recommended!— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

We took a road trip through Spain and stopped at Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid, among other places. We had 1 rain during our 3-week vacation and that was just a few drops. It was really great weather.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Average weather in Spain by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in Spain and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of Spain, you can view the average temperature, rainfall, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.

Islands in Spain