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Costa del Sol: Live Weather Reports

Last updated:

22 Dec
UK Time: 07:03 GMT
Local Time: 08:03 CET
59°F (15°C)
4mph (6kmh)
  • Sunrise 08:26
  • Sunset 18:06
  • Moonrise 08:28
  • Moonset 18:57
Temp feels like: 59°F (15°C)
Length of Day: 9h 44m
Humidity: 72%
Dew Point: 54°F (12°C)
Pressure: 30.42" (1030 hpa)
Visiblity: 6 miles (10 km)
Average for December 54°F (12°C)

Latest Costa del Sol Holiday Reviews

  • Winter in Benalmadena

    Have traveled the world but Costa is the place to be in autumn/winter for us middle-aged retirees. The weather while we ...

    Joanne Williams on 19th February 2014
  • £800.00

    Fantastic. Climate second to none....

    malcolm addison on 13th November 2012
  • OUT OF SEASON

    Two days off and on it rained, and when it did it rained by the bucket load so carry a brolly or duck for cover! Didn't ...

    Anonymous on 22nd May 2011
  • Costa del sol-Something for everyone

    Over the years have travelled throughout Europe and the USA but have always gone back to the Costa del Sol- Ok there are...

    Anonymous on 11th June 2008

Weather Overview for Costa del Sol

 

Located in the most southern region of Spain; Costa del Sol experiences a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild, rainy winters. With an extensive coastline of over 300km, popular Spanish resorts such as Malaga, Granada and Cadiz and locality on the Iberian Peninsula; Costa del Sol creates a prefect base to enjoy a traditional Mediterranean vacation.  With over 320 days of sunshine per year; Costa de Sol and evidently known as the Sun Coast. Much of the immeasurable coastline of Costa de Sol, located in this region of Spain; is beautiful beach, indulged by fine white sand and stunning blue waters that can guarantee average annual temperatures of 22ºC. It’s easy to see why the Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s most renowned holiday destinations.The Costa del Sol’s characteristic Mediterranean climate enjoys long hot and not to mention dry daytime temperatures. The summer months experience virtually no rainfall and wintertime is mild with intermittent precipitation. Most of the regions rainfall is obtained during the winter months of November and December and will last for up to four days at the most – the sun is normally still shining throughout short brisk showers. Sea temperatures will rarely fall below 20ºC, all year round, therefore the beaches throughout the majority of the Costa del Sol are accessible at any time of the year.  

An ideal vacation of sun lovers, as the Costa del Sol reaches average temperatures of 29ºC or commonly higher throughout the summer months. Swimmers and divers will also find this time of the year enjoyable as sea temperatures throughout this period never drop below 23ºC. In spite of the convivial afternoon coastal breeze that generally appeases the aching temperatures, some visitors still find the summer months a little too hot.

For travellers wanting to avoid the hot temperatures and beat the crowds; late spring is a perfect time to visit – throughout the months of late April and May, sometimes even June. Average climates during this time range anywhere between 23ºC to 27ºC and rainfall is still very minimal. Early autumn is also a great time to holiday as September and early October will see the temperatures falling from averages of 28ºC to 23ºC. During the months outside of summer and winter; temperatures can still be assured warm enough to enjoy a beach holiday, yet any winter rain can be avoided.  

Sunsets over Costa Del Sol Spain

Sunsets over Costa Del Sol, Spain.

Surrounded by the Sierra Bermeja mountain range, blocking any cold gusts, the wintertime in Costa del Sol is very mild. Winter climates generally linger around 12ºC but even in January; the coolest month will commonly see highs of 17ºC. With assured sunshine right throughout the coldest months, even a winter’s day tends to be warm enough for a game of golf or just seeing the magnificent sights of the area.  The everlasting pleasant climate throughout the immediate region of Costa de Sol has created the joyful playground it is today.

Weather Hazards

Thanks to Spain’s close proximity to North Africa, the area is subject to dust storms.These are caused by the winds that blow across the Sahara and can be severe.Depending on how bad the dust storms are, visibility can be strongly affected, often reduced to 200 metres or less. If you happen to be in the area when a dust storm hits, you’ll most likely be wanting to seek shelter inside for the duration.As well as visibility, asthma and other respiratory problems can be irritated by the storms, so if you suffer from such a condition, make sure you take your medication with you on holiday.Though they cover a large area of Spain, they usually don’t hang around for long and generally only last for between one and four days. Every ten years or so, they can last as long as two weeks.

Spain also suffers from droughts, though this is a problem that affects the locals more than tourists. Though Spain’s droughts haven’t become more frequent in recent years they do tend to last longer now, so in that way they are more severe.Long periods of drought can exacerbate the problem of bush fires. These tend to strike across the summer months and are usually caused deliberately or by a careless mistake. The draughts cause the vegetation to be much drier though, which in turn means the bush fires can be more intense and last for longer periods of time.  Droughts can also lead to hail storms, thunder storms and heavy rain, which can result in flash flooding. This will usually occur in the autumn, so it is best to travel in the summer if you want to avoid this weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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