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Climate Marbella_Malaga

Climatological normals - Period : 1981-2010 















96.5 86.3 68.9 57.5 24.1 7.4 0.5 5.4 27.2 76.6 131.7 139.8721.9
101.5 88.7 67.2 56.1 25.5 4.7 0.5 6.2 31.8 71.0 128.4 158.3739.9
88.8 75.8 57.3 50.8 25.2 5.7 1.1 5.7 29.9 64.6 108.8 132.0645.7
102.2 92.1 69.2 59.7 29.8 8.5 0.6 5.0 37.2 78.0 125.3 153.0760.6
Climatological normals for Malaga Airport, Spain
Period : 1981-2010 -  Altitude (m) : 5 Latitude :  36 ° 39 '58' 'N  -  Longitude :  4 ° 28 '56' 'W  
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When the temperature difference is greatest between north and south Europe?
The biggest difference in temperature between the north and south Europe is not surprising in the winter season. During this part of the year it is far less light in the north of Europe than in the south of Europe. To show how the difference in temperature throughout the year, I have been used  Malaga in Spain and Oslo in Norway . Both have sea as its nearest neighbor and do not have inland climate that may have more extreme temperature fluctuations . So these cities should provide a good comparison of temperature differences during the year.

General Climate and Weather in Marbella

The Sierra Blanca rises to over 1200 metres to the northwest of Marbella with a further mountain range, Sierra Bermeja, rising to over 1400 metres, behind that. The net effect is shelter from the northwest, and from the land breezes from that direction that are then mostly diverted down the Rio Verde and Rio Guadalmina valleys to the west, and the Rio Fuengirola valley to the east. These winds often bring the extremes of humidity and temperature to the Costa del Sol, especially during the summer months, and these are elements that the residents of Marbella are pleased to avoid.

Weather in Marbella in January
Average Maximum: 16C/61F    Average Minimum: 8C/46F    Days with rain falling:  7
There is usually plenty of sunshine during January and the rain, when it arrives, normally lasts, on and off, for 2 or 3 days before the sun returns for a week or more. Temperatures, although not especially high, do feel pleasant enough in the afternoon sunshine, On 2 or 3 days in the month, the temperature rises close to 20 Celsius (68F), but on the cloudy and wet days maxima may be no higher than 10 Celsius (50F). The evenings will almost always feel chilly, and on rare occasions, the larger gardens on the outskirts of the town may have a frost on the grass for an hour or two around dawn.

Weather in Marbella in February
Average Maximum: 17C/63F    Average Minimum: 8C/46F    Days with rain falling:  6
This month can be described as early Spring, with flowers blooming and, by the middle of February, the famous Andalusian almond blossom begins to appear. Temperature levels are not dissimilar to those of January, and the evenings and nights remain cool. However, as the heat from the sun increases, the afternoon stroll down towards the Orange Square becomes more comfortably warm. Rain, as in January, usually comes in a spell that lasts for 2 or 3 days at a time before clear blue skies follow. It may turn breezy for a while after a wet spell, but strong winds are seldom an inconvenience.

Weather in Marbella in March
Average Maximum: 19C/66F    Average Minimum: 10C/50F    Days with rain falling:  5
Some delightful days occur in March but the early risers usually enjoy the best of the weather. A typical March day will start cool and sunny with a gentle wind blowing down from the Sierra Blanca. Temperatures will rise rapidly and by noon values will be around 19 Celsius. A few clouds may form, then quite suddenly the wind will shift right round and blow in from the sea. The sea is as cold as at any time of year in March, so once the sea breeze has become established during the afternoon the promenade is best avoided. As for rain falling, perhaps a short-lived fall once or twice a week.

Weather in Marbella in April
Average Maximum: 21C/70F    Average Minimum: 12C/54F    Days with rain falling:  5
Only the foolhardy or truly seasoned bather would venture into the sea off Marbella during April. A morning of sunshine and temperatures touching 21 Celsius tempt many people to the beach, but around midday the inevitable sea breeze arrives and temperatures fall to a less than comfortable 17 Celsius. In most Aprils there are 1 or 2 days when the breeze does not blow from the sea and in the absence of the sea breeze the temperature can rise to 25 Celsius, or more. Once or twice during the month a short unsettled spell will probably occur, and an occasional day may be marred by rain.

Weather in Marbella in May
Average Maximum: 23C/73F    Average Minimum: 14C/57F    Days with rain falling:  3
This is arguably one of the best months to visit Marbella if yachting or bathing in the hotel swimming pool is a priority. The mornings are usually sunny and warm. Around midday, just as it begins to become uncomfortably warm, the sea breeze sets in and the afternoons are normally sunny and pleasantly warm. Of course, it is very easy to get sunburnt during May, especially as the cooling sea breeze gives a false sense of immunity to burning. On 1 or 2 occasions during the month, the temperature can exceed 30 Celsius (86F), but in most Mays there are 1 or 2 short-lived unsettled spells.

Weather in Marbella in June
Average Maximum: 27C/81F    Average Minimum: 17C/63F    Days with rain falling:  1
The sun beats down relentlessly from a clear blue sky. Not completely true, but certainly a close approximation to the weather in June. The sun appears hazier as the air trapped under the sea-breeze inversion becomes more polluted, but clouds are rare. Occasionally, say once or twice a month, a band of cloud may spoil the sunshine and this could produce an hour or two of rain. High-level thunderstorms, moving north from Morocco, may produce a few spots of dust-laden rain, otherwise sunshine, and just the odd unpleasant day when the temperature rises close to 38 Celsius (100F).

Weather in Marbella in July
Average Maximum: 28C/82F    Average Minimum: 20C/68F    Days with rain falling:  <1
Rain is so rare in July it is not worth a mention. Bands of high cloud occasionally prevent a day of full sunshine but the normal July pattern of weather is this. After a warm and fairly humid night, there is a dip in temperature to 19 or 20 Celsius around dawn. The morning then warms up rapidly, reaching around 29 Celsius between midday and 1 pm. The light wind on the beach then quite quickly becomes a steady breeze off the sea. With sea temperatures generally around 23 Celsius in July, the afternoon breeze is very refreshing. Occasionally the sea breeze fails and it becomes very hot.

Weather in Marbella in August
Average Maximum: 28C/82F    Average Minimum: 21C/70F    Days with rain falling:  <1
During this month it becomes increasingly unpleasant for those without air-conditioning. Although temperature levels are similar to those of July, the humidity is higher, the pollution levels are greater and the sea breeze is usually lighter and less refreshing. Nevertheless, the sea is pleasantly warm, and the weather is normally reliably sunny. On rare occasions, most likely late in the month, a thunderstorm may occur, and on 1 or 2 days the failure of the sea breeze may result in temperatures near 38 Celsius (100F) by day, and not falling much below 28 Celsius (82F) by late evening.

Weather in Marbella in September
Average Maximum: 28C/82F    Average Minimum: 19C/66F    Days with rain falling:  2
September in Marbella is a summer month. The first week or two can be very hot and humid, and nights with temperatures remaining above 23 Celsius (73F) are not uncommon. Pollution levels often appear high, and the chance of relief from refreshing rain is almost nil. Occasionally, an upwelling of cold water can occur with cold sea fog lapping the beaches. This can happen at any time during the summer months but thankfully it is rare and only lasts a day or two. The phenomenon of upwelling is poorly understood at present, and unlike the less unusual Spring sea mist, is unpredictable.

Weather in Marbella in October
Average Maximum: 23C/73F    Average Minimum: 16C/61F    Days with rain falling:  4
October weather in Marbella is fickle at the very least. The figures say that it is the wettest month of the year with over 100 mm (4 inches) of rain, but they don't say that the rain falls in severe thunderstorms with curtains of water that often last for less than 2 hours. The sea remains very warm, partly the reason for those storms, but the adjacent land also stays pleasantly warm and without the intense heat from the sun. On balance, this month is probably the 2nd best, behind May, to visit this part of Spain, and by the end of the month nights are becoming comfortably cool again.

Weather in Marbella in November
Average Maximum: 19C/66F    Average Minimum: 11C/52F    Days with rain falling:  6
The nights have lengthened in Marbella at this time of year, but are not as long as they are in northern Europe. Of all the months, November probably offers the best contrast between the grey and cold of northern latitudes and the sun, and relative warmth, of the Costa del Sol. Early in the month, temperatures regularly reach 20 Celsius, or more, and to have 2 consecutive cloudy days is rare. The weather is thundery at times, and rain can sometimes be very heavy, but pollution levels are low and, in most years, the sea is warm enough to bathe in, at least early in the month.

Weather in Marbella in December
Average Maximum: 17C/63F    Average Minimum: 9C/48F    Days with rain falling:  6
There can be some dire days in December anywhere in Europe, and even Marbella can have 3 or 4 days of windy, wet and relatively cold weather with temperatures struggling to reach 12 Celsius. However, this is the exception and, although not warm, there is sufficient sunshine to cheer a visitor from the north. The evenings and nights are normally quite cold, and in sunnier Decembers a frost may occur on the grass in larger gardens away from the coast. Occasionally the temperature may approach 20 Celsius (68F), but the lower humidity adds chill to the air when evening arrives.

Marbella Monthly Climate Average, Spain

Marbella Yearly Weather Summary:
Marbella weather is extremely mild, with average temperatures of around 19°C / 66°F year-round as it stands between the coastline and the Sierra Blanca Mountains. While visiting Marbella you will enjoy an appealing micro-climate, with plenty of sunny weather. Much of central Marbella has high-rise buildings which store heat during the sunny weather, and it makes this area of Marbella warmer than the coastal region. Marbella is a major tourist destination and one of the most popular resort cities in Spain because of its sunny weather throughout the year.

Sitting amongst the famous beach resort region of Costa de Sol- famed for its long hours of sunshine, Marbella lies in the south east of Spain upon the Mediterranean Ocean in the Malaga province of the country. Marbella is known to have its own ‘micro-climate,’ playing host to an average temperature of 19º C throughout the year.

In Marbella, summers brings average daily temperatures of mid 20’s, with June being the coolest month of summer and then the temperatures gradually rise, rising in July and August and remaining hot until the end of September. The winds that direct from the sea bring a pleasant drop in temperatures, and the waters themselves are at a very enjoyable 21 degrees.

Autumn is generally the wettest time of the year in Marbella, with November being the rainiest month for the year- on average- seeing in excess of 100mm of rainfall across the month. Rainfall will sit between about 70 to 90mm until March before dropping off to bare minimums in the summer months.

Winter brings average daily temperatures of 12 to 13 degrees in Marbella, about 5 days of rain across the month on average and the sea temperature drops down to 12 degrees. The winters are mild with relatively little precipitation.

Spring is a favorable time to visit Marbella as the temperatures do not rise very high.

Note: The data for charts below are taken from year 2000 to 2012.

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