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Malaga Weather

Nothing will carry you out of the London fog as quickly as a holiday Malaga. This Southern Spain coastal tip is called the “Costa de Sol” for a very good reason. Malaga receives over 3,000 hours of sunlight a year. That tallies up to nearly 300 days of glorious sunshine. If that sounds like a bit too much of a golden overdose, Malaga climate still has a solution. Malaga does have a habit of bathing itself in morning fog, which rolls up over the sea and blows inland, and sometimes that fog sticks around for a long while.

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If You Like it Hot

Summer months in Malaga are high season. They are also months of high temperatures. You can expect eleven hours of bright, energetic sunlight per day, with very little chance of rain. The average temperature in June is 27 degrees C., with a peak at 29 degrees C in July and August. Hot sirocco winds blow up from Africa sometimes, causing stifling weather. These winds originate in the broiling deserts of the Sahara, pushing the desert heat and acridity across the Mediterranean. When they blow, they also carry sand. At times, the sky will be filled with haze, and dust will sprinkle down on the buildings and resorts.

September is still hot, but at eight hours per day of sunlight, has a longer nightlife. Any fog that develops in the morning will usually disappear by late morning, but occasionally the fog will stick around for several days before dissipating. This fog is also caused by Africa’s hot winds. As air moves over the Mediterranean, it picks up moisture that condenses into fog. Fortunately, it only rolls along the waterfront. Just visit one of the popular locales a few kilometres inland and you can enjoy your sunny holiday without interruption.

Avoiding the Crowds

By October, the temperatures have cooled off, but there is no real need to bundle up. At a comfortable average of 20 degrees C, it is still warm enough to go swimming or to bring out your suntan lotion. October and November are considered the “wet” season, although the plummeting rains occur only about nine days out of the month.

Evenings, however, are a bit chilly, so you will need your sweater. The average low temperature is 14 degrees C in October and 11 degrees C in November. If you do not mind the possibility of showers, this is one of the best times to plan your holiday. As crowds have thinned down, you do have a better chance of acquiring discount rates for various services and may find those sunshine days in between the cloud cover.

Winter Escape

Malaga is famous for having the warmest winters in Europe. Daytime temperatures have been known to reach a comfortable 20 degrees C, when those warm, southern winds begin blowing in from Africa. The rain is not quite as torrid as it is during the autumn months, with an average of eight days per month of precipitation. The rest of the time, you can expect it to be relatively warm although long periods of fog cover will make it appear cloudy. These apparently overcast skies are usually very pleasant, however, making it the ideal time for the long hikes involved in thoroughly exploring ancient ruins. The fog does clear for a few hours during the day, adding a spectacular note to your holiday.

January is the coldest month, although compared to London’s winter, it is still quite pleasant. The average daytime temperature is 16 degrees C. You will be glad for your warm coat, as nighttime temperatures can get a bit serious, dropping down to 7 degrees C, making that hot tea and soup that much more appetizing. Occasionally, you can experience freezing rain, although snow is extremely uncommon.

Making Your Summer Longer

With a little strategic planning, you can extend your summer. As the rain season ends, Malaga becomes increasingly warmer and sunnier, making it feel like a London summer by April. While it remains between 20-23 degrees C during the day, it is still somewhat chilly at night, with an average low temperature of 11 degrees C in May. The Mediterranean Sea hasn’t quite warmed up yet; so it’s a grit-your-teeth-and bear it experience if you want to dive in for a swim. This is the ideal temperature for other activities, however, such as visiting the various parks, climbing or horseback riding, and strolling around to see all the wonderful sites.

Peak season has not arrived, which means more leisure and less battle to get a good place in queue for visiting museums or entertainment centres. You will have more opportunities for mingling with the locals and sampling the local experience. This is a time for some of the best discount prices, so spring in Malaga not only means extending summer pleasure, bit also saving money by choosing an off-season holiday adventure.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.