Weather Averages for Barcelona in August
Averages for Barcelona in August
August is the hottest month of the year in Barcelona and the heat rises to sweltering levels that can prove to be unbearable. It can also be very humid during this month, so the climate can be like a sauna.
The average daytime temperatures are around 28°C (that is about 82°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures drop down to 19°C (that is about 67°F). On average, the hottest day of the year is August 7th with an average high of 28°C and low of 20°C!
The number of tourist drops down considerably during this month due to the heat. However, this is actually one of the best times of the year to visit the city as Barcelona is relatively quiet and most of the main attractions are still open. Small businesses such as cafes and shops may be closed but it definitely won't affect your holiday.
The sunrays are very strong so you won't be able to enjoy sunbathing. With such an extreme climate, it is not a good month to visit Barcelona if you have any trouble with excessive heat.
Heat waves can be quite common in Barcelona. The 2003 European heat wave was the hottest summer on record in Western Europe since at least 1540, which lasted from June until August. In Spain there were a total of 141 deaths caused by the heat wave, and various temperature records were broken in various cities across the country including Barcelona, Sevilla and Girona. The highest temperature recorded in Barcelona was a blistering 36°C!
Over the course of a typical August the length of day is starting to gradually decrease. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day decreases by a total of 1:12 hours. The shortest day of the month is actually August 31st, however, it still receives 13:09 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is August 1st with 14:21 hours of daylight.
Precipitation is generally very low at this time of year. On average, it is expected for approximately 70mm of rainfall to occur, spread across a total of eight days. On average, precipitation is most likely around August 31st, at 31%, while precipitation is least likely around August 1st at 24%. The most common forms of precipitation at this time of year are short thunderstorms and moderate rain.
The sky is also very clear during August. The median cloud cover generally ranges from a mostly clear 32% to 38%. However, it is likely for the sky to become cloudier, increasing by 6% from the start to the end of the month.
It can get rather humid in Barcelona during August. The relative humidity typically fluctuates between a mildly humid 56% and a very humid 90%, rarely dropping below 43% or reaching as high as 99%. The air is usually driest around August 2nd, at which time the relative humidity can drop below 63% three days out of four. On the other hand the air is likely to be most humid around August 24th, where humidity levels can rise above 87% three days out of four.
Furthermore, throughout August, typical wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to a moderate 6 m/s, rarely ever exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s is likely to occur around August 30th, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the north, followed by the south west.
- Sagrada Familia
Dates for the diary
If you do happen to be in Barcelona over August, there are, as usual in the city, a number of festivities and festivals for you to enjoy.
One of these is the celebration of Festa Major (including the Catholic feast of Assumption) which goes on from 15th August to 21st August. The celebrations involve street decorations and parties all night long.
From August 1st until the 3rd the Arenal 2014 Sound Festival will continue at Arenal de Burriana. This is a three-day music festival featuring tops artists: The Wombats, Bastille, Mando Diao, Crystal Fighters and Boys Noize. Campgrounds are available for those wishing to camp out during the festival.
August 15th marks the date that the Virgin mother died and ascended to heaven. Church services and prayers are the norm, but Barcelona does not celebrate the Feast of the Assumption as widely as do other Spanish cities.
From August 15th until the 21st La Festa Major de Gracia will be held in the Gracia neighbourhood. This is one of the best week-long street festivals in Barcelona. Residents decorate their streets vying for the best decorated street prize. They are very serious about it and the decorated streets are unique, interesting and lovely. Other events include concerts, entertainment and great food.
On the other hand Festes de Sant Roc is one of Barcelona's oldest religious festivals that has been celebrated for 425 years. The actual day of honoring Sant Roc is August 16th. On the 16th, firecrackers start the day's events. The Seguicio de Sant Roc parade ends at the Basilica de Santa María de Pi where a ceremony is held. This 5-day festival takes placein Plaça Nova by the Barcelona Cathedral, a city that still has Medieval walls. All of the days of the street festival include dancing, food and beverage stalls and street performers.
The world famous Tomatina Tomato Fight will take place on August 27th in Bunyol, near Valenica. This ridiculous but seriously funny event began in 2006. Activities begin with a Greasy Pole Climb where people try to reach the ham tied on top. Then come in the truckloads of tomatoes. No one is exempt from the fight if you are nearby. It's plenty of fun, even though a large cleanup is needed.
Movie fans will adore the Open Air Cinema held at the CCCB Centre during August. Every August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the CCCB shows movies in their El Pati de les Dones courtyard. The general public is invited and admission is free. The schedule of films to be shown will be announced at a later date.
- Tomatina Festival, Barcelona
Things to do
Barcelona Bus Turistic is a great way to see most of Barcelona’s major sights within a day. The sightseeing bus departs from a total of 44 spots dotted around the city and one ticket will last you for the whole day! This is a great way to explore the city where you will see a number of Barcelona’s most famous attractions including FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Park Guell, La Pedrera and of course the Sagrada Familia.
Guell Park or “Parque Guell” can be found on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona. This stunning garden complex was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Guadi and took over 14 years to build. The park is renowned for its collection of multicolored mosaic works which can be found in the Municipal garden including the longest bench in the world.
Many of Barcelona’s museums are still open in August, and they are often cool and air-conditioned. Whilst visiting Barcelona it is highly recommended to visit the Picasso Museum which houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the famous 20th century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. This museum showcases artwork from the formative years of Picasso, revealed through over 4,000 works that make up a permanent collection. The museum also features a number of ever-changing exhibitions from other renowned contemporary artists.
Another museum worth visiting is Museu Nacional d’Art de la Catalunya. This is the perfect place to spend a few hours if you are interested in art. The museum showcases a whole host of interesting collections of artwork from some of the world’s most famous artists and sculptors and also boasts an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions.
- Park Guell, Barcelona
Where to eat & drink
Tapas 24 is one of the most popular tapas bars in Barcelona located in Dreta de L’Eixample. This place specializes in serving up flavorsome oxtail stews, fried prawns and cod croquettes. It is highly recommended to try the McFoie Burger with a bowl of patatas bravas or the Bikini, which is an interesting take on the ham and cheese toastie.
On the other hand another tapas bar worth trying is Tickets situated down Avinguda del Paral-lel. This modern restaurant serves a variety of seafood dishes and tapas classics with a modern and innovative twist. There is also a bar serving classic cocktails called 41°. Even though this restaurant is run by a number of established chefs it is surprisingly cheap ranging from 4 to 12 Euros.
If you would rather party the night away Be Cool is one of the most popular nightclubs in Barcelona. Found tucked away in Avenida Diagonal, this trendy club is a particular favourite with the locals. One thing to look out for at this club is the revolving dance floor, and the pop, rock and indie nights found in the upstairs bar.
As it can get very hot during August you should definitely head over to the Mac Arena Mar Beach Club, which is easily Barcelona’s top summer club and also it’s free! Sunday nights are actually the best time to visit this club as you are pretty much guaranteed to hear some of the finest underground house and techno DJs in the city.
Hit the beach
Barceloneta Beach is located between Sant Sebastia Beach and the Olympic Port. As the beach is right next to the city there are number of amenities here including public toilets, showers, bars, restaurants, hotels and much more.
However, If you would like somewhere a bit more secluded head to La Nova Icaria, located next to Playa del Bogatell, found to the west of Barcelona. This is a quiet, golden sand beach, which is a popular choice for families. Due to its close proximity to the Port Olympic, it is surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars and sports facilities such as beach volleyball.
Llevant Beach is Barcelona’s newest manmade beach which opened back in 2006. This beach offers a number of facilities including adapted showers, sun loungers, umbrellas, public toilets and ice cream kiosks.
Bogatell is another popular beach situated in Barcelona. Bogatell features a number of facilities such as bicycle parking areas, restaurants, beach volleyball, table tennis, showers and public toilets.
- Barceloneta Beach
Where to stay
Avenida Palace is a luxurious four-star hotel situated in L’Eixample. This elegant and sophisticated hotel is located just a five-minutes’ walk away from Plaza Catalunya, La Rambla and Paseo de Gracia. It also features soundproof and air-conditioned rooms as well as a Mediterranean and a la carte restaurant.
The Olivia Plaza hotel is another exclusive hotel ideal for honeymoons or romantic getaways. This modern and styligh hotel is situated in Ciutat Vella and overlooks Santa Ana Church and the city centre. This hotel offers a buffet brekast and modern restaurant which offers Mediterranean cuisine in the evenings. Olivia Plaza is also just 100m away from the main shopping street Las Ramblas, where you can find many restaurants, tapas bars, shops and even street performers.
If you want a hotel with a swimming pool you may want to try the four-star Catalonia Ramblas. This hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool which is open during the summer!
If you’re looking for a more affordable hotel you may want to stay at Hotel Oasis, also situated in Ciutat Vella. This hotel is located just 250m away from Franca Railway Station and features a café-bar which serves a range of hot drinks and cocktails throughout the day.