10 to 32°C
3334 hours
sunshine per day
201 mm
273 days
89 days
3 days

Climate of 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.

Climate averages for the whole year

  • Day: the average daily temperature during the day is between 10°C and 32°C
  • Night:the average nighttime temperature is between 2°C and 20°C
  • Rain: it rains 89 days and there is a total of approximately 201 mm rainfall
  • Snow: it snows an average of 3 days per year
  • Sun hours: throughout the year there are 3334 sun hours
Maximum temperature: between 10°C and 32°C
Warmest month: 32°C in July
Coldest month: 10°C in January
Night temperature: between 2°C and 20°C
Dry days: 273 days
Days with rain: 89 days
Days with snow: 3 days
Total rain sum: 201 mm
Hours of sunshine: 3334 hours

Regional differences


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.


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


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.

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Temperature graph

This graph shows the average maximum temperature (red) and minimum temperature (blue) for Spain.

Precipitation graph

This graph shows the average amount of rainfall per month for Spain.

Climate table of Spain

In this climate table you can see at a glance what the average weather per month is for Spain. The data has been collected over a 30-year period, from which an average per month has been derived. From year to year the differences may be larger or smaller, but with this climate table you have a good idea of what the weather for Spain might be like in a given month.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 50 52 59 65 73 83 90 90 81 70 57 51
Night temp. (°F) 36 37 40 44 51 61 67 67 60 52 43 38
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 7 7 10 9 5 3 2 1 4 12 12 8
Days with rain 9 8 12 12 9 5 2 1 5 8 10 8
Days with snow 1 1 - - - - - - - - - 1
Dry days 21 19 19 18 22 25 29 30 25 23 20 22
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 8 8 8 9 11 12 11 10 10 9 7 6
Wind force (Bft) 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
UV-index 3 3 3 4 5 6 7 6 5 4 2 2

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.

Climate of Spain by month

What is the average climate in a given month for Spain? Click on a month to see all monthly averages for sunshine, maximum and minimum temperatures, percent chance of rain per day, snowfall and number of rainy days.

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