Winter weather in Spain

Posted on 04 October 2017

It’s that time of year again. In Britain and elsewhere in northern Europe this weekend, many of us will be arguing about whether to put the heating on!

The temperature will be dipping below 9°C in London this week as autumn gets into its stride. Great news for clothes retailers and the leaf-blower industry, but a lot less fun for the rest of us. We have also now passed the Autumn Equinox in the UK and are seeing more night than day. Again, great news for the fireworks industry, but less fun for the many millions of British people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and deficiency in Vitamin D.

Hardly surprising that many of us are looking longingly back to our holidays in Spain. Yes, it’s got cooler in Spain too, but not much.

Note too, how in Spain the sun is still shining until nearly 8 in the evening. In the UK many of us are already getting home in the dark.

But hold on a minute. If you’re buying a home in Spain because you hate the cold, beware of where you buy! Not everywhere is as warm as Málaga. Spain has a skiing industry! Here are the average temperatures in Spain’s favourite coasts:

Southern coasts:

The average high temperature in Málaga in January is 17°C and the average low is 7°C. If you go inland to an area like Granada or the Alpujarras, frost and even snow are quite common (but you do get the benefit of skiing in the Sierra Nevada if you fancy it). Down on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical, frost is very rare, while over on the Atlantic side, the Costa de la Luz’s nights are even warmer, with the lows rarely even getting below double figures. Back in Blighty, meanwhile, the average high in Eastbourne is 8°C and the average low 4°C, and that’s Britain’s sunniest spot.

Fancy a New Year dip? No problem. In Malaga the sea will be around 16°C in January, which is pretty much exactly what it will be Eastbourne in August.

The Costa Blanca is widely reckoned to have the best climate of all, with Alicante seeing average highs of 17°C in January and lows of 6°C, so you’ll be golfing in shirt-sleeves on New Year’s Day. Anyone for tennis?

North-west and Balearics:

Up in Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, January averages are between 15°C and 8°C, and a degree or two lower in Barcelona. Sea temperatures are around 14°C, which might raise a few eyebrows among your Spanish neighbours if you choose to go swimming, but are about twice as high as any waters off the UK at that time. You know of the invigorating effects of cold water swimming?

So does anywhere get really cold in Spain? Well, yes. When Amanda Lamb recommended Teruel as quite the place to buy in the sun a few years ago, a fewer Spain experts wondered if she’s been in the sun too long. It can get extremely cold in the Spanish interior, as you might expect for one of Europe’s most mountainous countries. Without the warming effects of the oceans and the Gulf Stream, you can expect January highs of just 7°C and average lows of -3°C! It is beautiful though.

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