Climate of Andalucia

With mild winters and hot summers Andalucia is known to have some of the best weather not only in Europe but worldwide, however, there are some areas and times of year that are either too hot or receive a lot of rainfall in a short space of time, which sometimes results in flash floods.

Below are some details of what to expect when visiting the different areas of Andalucia at different times of the year.

 

Seville and Cordoba, are known often referred to as “sartén” (the frying pan) the temperature increases up until late June where temperatures of over 40C (104f) can be seen for days or even weeks on end, these temperatures last all the way through until September. During these sweltering months temperatures rarely drop below 30 even at night, for this reason a lot of attractions shops and restaurants are close especially in August.

 

The coastal areas of Andalucia such as the Costa Del Sol “Coast of the Sun” Cadiz and Almeria all experience similar weather although often not as extreme heat in the summer and often enjoy warmer winters.

 

Spring and Autumn in Andalucia are usually the best the months of April, May, October and November are warm with sunny days and mild evenings although there is a slight chance of rainstorms

Andalucia is one of the best places in mainland Europe for winter sun, November, December, January and February can still see daytime temperatures in the 20s – but nighttime temperatures can often drop to around 10c so even if you don’t need a coat during the day you will at night, during the month of March and December heavy rainfall is common with Andalucia receiving much of  its rainfall during these months, some areas often experience flash floods.

Average rainfall per year in Andalucia is 550mm or 21.5 inches which is quite substantial considering this part of spain gets over 300 days of sun per year.

This amount of rain keeps many parts of Andalucia luscious and green even with the amount of sun and heat it experiences this is what gives Andalucia the Mediterranean climate over some more arid desert areas further north.