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Weather in Spain

This page contains articles related to the weather in Spain. Especially the coastal areas and islands that we present on this website. Spain is a huge country and the climate varies from one area to another. This is also true for both groups of islands, with a distance of more than 2000 km separating them.

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The Weather in Spain and the Average Temperatures

The weather in Spain is much colder during the winter months. Much of northern and northeastern Spain lie close to the Pyrenees mountains. Here the temperature can fall well below 0 degrees. This is also true for many of the areas of central Spain.

The average annual temperature in the north of Spain ranges between 5º and 10º Celsius in most places. The summer months will have an average temperature of 17º to 23º Celsius.

The climate in some Spanish regions can vary quite a bit due to their vast size. We will provide information about some of the capitals and major cities for each region.

Temperatures in Spain By Region

The following image gives an idea of ​​the annual average temperatures in Spain. This shows most of the major regions and the approximate temperature of each month. Please click on the image for the full size.

Average Temperatures in Spain

Weather in Northwestern Spain, Galicia Region

The climate in Galicia can be very different depending on which part. This area of northwestern Spain has a border with two major bodies of water and Portugal. The Cantabrian sea to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Portugal to the south.

Galicia Region

Galicia as a whole has an average temperature of 10 Celsius during the winter months. This region is one of the greenest which sees some of the wettest weather in Spain. From November until February can see rain for up to half the days of the month. Autumn and spring are also wet seasons whereas summer is much drier. Even the summer months will all see at least 5 days of rainfall.

Temperatures in Galicia

Santiago de Compostela

Winter Temp
8º Celsius

Summer Temp
18º Celsius

Lugo

Winter Temp
10º Celsius

Summer Temp
19º Celsius

A Coruña

Winter Temp
11º Celsius

Summer Temp
19º Celsius

Coldest Weather in Spain in Winter

Several of the northern regions see some of the coldest weather in Spain in winter. This is not always the case as central Spain can be colder at times. The regions of Madrid and Castile and León are two examples of cold regions which are more central. Castile and León to be fair is a huge region which extends into northern Spain.

Basque Country

The Basque Country is one of the coldest of the northern regions in winter. This area is close to the Pyrenees mountains. In fact, the mountain range in the Basque Country is an extension of the Pyrenees mountain range. It’s also part of the Cantabrian mountain range. These areas can get very cold in winter with some dropping below freezing at times.

Temperatures in Northern Spain

Bilbao, Basque Country

Winter Temp
9º Celsius

Summer Temp
19º Celsius

Gijón, Asturias

Winter Temp
9º Celsius

Summer Temp
18º Celsius

Santander, Cantabria

Winter Temp
10º Celsius

Summer Temp
19º Celsius

Hottest Weather in Spain

In southern and eastern Spain, the temperature remains mild during the colder months. The summer months will bring temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees. In most places they will not fall below 0º. The mountainous areas will be much colder due to the altitude. Even so, they do not see subzero temperatures like the north of Spain.

The average annual temperature in southern Spain ranges between 12º and 14º Celsius. The summer months in the south can also reach 40 degrees. This is especially true in the months of July and August when most of Spain is at it’s hottest. The months of June and September can also be much hotter than the average temperature suggests

Spanish Islands Weather

There is also a big difference between the two main groupings of islands. The Canary Islands tend to be warm throughout the year. The temperature does not fall below 17 degrees. These islands enjoy a tropical weather climate that makes them ideal for winter holidays.

The Balearic Islands can reach warm temperatures that exceed 40º degrees in summer. In winter, the average temperature drops to around 7 degrees. As a result, these islands tend to be much busier during the summer months.

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