Weather Overview for Mahon
Mahon is the capital city of Menorca, the most
easterly of the Balearic
Islands which lie in the Mediterranean off Spain’s east
coast. A beautiful island in its own right, Menorca lies somewhat in the shadow
of its more famous neighbours, Majorca and Ibiza. This has
helped it retain a more relaxed atmosphere as it is no clubbing mecca. The
fantastic climate is one of the main reasons tourists flock here every year.
Mahon’s climate is
typically Mediterranean, characterised by long hot summers and short mild
winters. There are over 300 days of sunshine a year. Summer is the most popular
time to visit. If you fancy a quieter break then spring and autumn still enjoy
great weather. Winters are mild and see a good deal of sunshine and so could be
an attractive alternative to cold winters elsewhere in Europe.
important factor in Mahon’s climate is the
influence of the sea winds – there are eight local prevailing winds which have
led to Menorca being dubbed the ‘windy
island.’ These winds provide welcome refreshment in the summer but bring
unsettled conditions in the winter.
sea around Menorca is warm year round and helps
the island to avoid real extremes of temperature. Surface temperature varies
between around 15°C and 25°C.
weather develops in May; the town is blessed with clear blue skies and warm temperatures.
average in the low 20s in early summer, and by the peak summer months of July
and August it is frequently in the high 20s and above. August is the hottest
month of the year with an average high temperature of 28°C. Good summer weather
lasts long into September
and sometimes early October.
is very low in summer. The driest month is July with an average rainfall of
just 4mm. Rain in June and August is rare too. By late summer rain becomes more
Mahon is on the
coast, even the hottest days are relieved by cooling sea breezes; temperatures
inland are hotter with no escape.
in Mahon is
a very agreeable time. The town has quietened down after the busy summer
months, but the weather remains great. Daily highs in September and into
October remain in the low to mid 20s. Even November averages a healthy 14°C –
that’s on a par with June in London - and can
enjoy highs approaching 20°C.
is, however, the wettest time of the year in Mahon. Rainfall is at its greatest when the
summer heat begins to wane in late September. October is the wettest
statistically, with an average of 84mm. Since most of this rain falls in short
heavy bursts there is still a good deal of sunshine.
in Mahon is
mild and a little wet. It doesn’t really get cold – the coolest months are
January and February which average 10°C.
Temperatures are akin to spring in the UK, and
rarely drop below 5°C. A sunny winter’s day can see temperature climb into the
is moderate, falling on around 8 days each month. December and January are
among the wettest of the season with around 70mm. After this it begins to get
drier again. The level
of sunshine remains healthy at around four times the UK’s average.
Spring is arguably the best time to visit the island; it’s much quieter
than summer but enjoys great weather. It’s quite dry; by late spring rainfall
becomes very rare. While nights can still be cool in early spring – under 10°C
- daytime highs are often in the 20s later in the season and
there are a lot of sunny days. However, it can be a little unpredictable and
the sea breeze often has a cold edge.