Best time to visit Spain

Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula in western Europe. It has both Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean coastlines with a diverse cultures, landscapes and even weather spread across the country.

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The capital Madrid sits close to the centre of Spain while popular cities from Bilbao and Barcelona to Malaga and Seville are found all over.

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Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Spain. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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When is the best time to visit Spain?

The best time to visit Spain (Madrid) is May, June and September based on the following average weather conditions.

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  • 10°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Spain (Madrid)10
    Jan
  • 12°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Spain (Madrid)12
    Feb
  • 15°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Spain (Madrid)15
    Mar
  • 18°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Spain (Madrid)18
    Apr
  • 22°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Spain (Madrid)22
    May
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Spain (Madrid)28
    Jun
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Spain (Madrid)32
    Jul
  • 32°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Spain (Madrid)32
    Aug
  • 27°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Spain (Madrid)27
    Sep
  • 20°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Spain (Madrid)20
    Oct
  • 14°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Spain (Madrid)14
    Nov
  • 10°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Spain (Madrid)10
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The weather guide for Spain (Madrid) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Spain weather overview

Spain is endowed with both mountainous and lowland regions and, with the stormy Atlantic lying off one coast and the balmy Mediterranean off the other, it is a land of many climates. Those who associate Spain with the sunniness of its Mediterranean region will be in for a shock if they travel to the north, where clouds and rain are frequently blown in from the Atlantic to cast a blight over warm summer days.

Rainfall eases off as you pass from west to east along the Pyrenees: the mountains and coast of north and northwest Spain are the wettest parts of the country and receive some rain every month.

In central Spain, most precipitation falls in the winter months and takes the form of mountain snow. Summers are hot, long and very dry, plagued by searing dusty winds. What rain there is comes in spring and very early summer, usually in short, intense bursts. Summer lasts longer the further south you go.

The eastern and southern coasts of Spain hold the Mediterranean resorts we all know and love. Here, you'll find oodles of sunshine (up to 12 hours a day in summer) tempered by gentle sea breezes. In the south, however, beware of the Leveche, a hot African wind which sometimes makes the summertime heat unbearable. Most of the area sees very little rain in the summer but, if you venture north of Valencia, you could encounter the occasional fierce thunderstorm.

What to pack for Spain weather

Light clothing is fine for summers spent in central Spain or the Mediterranean coast. Take cover-ups for the winter months and much warmer clothing for central Spain. If you are visiting the north, take slightly warmer attire and be prepared for rain.

Which is the hottest month in Spain?

The hottest time of year in Madrid, Spain is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C with moderate heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Spain?

In terms of rainfall, November is usually the wettest month in Madrid, Spain with 55mm on average. There are normally 12 days in November with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Spain?

The sunniest time of year in Madrid, Spain is normally August with bright sunshine on average for 79% of daylight hours; that's 11 hours of sunshine per day.

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