Weather Averages for Malaga in August
Averages for Malaga in August
August is generally the hottest month of the year in Malaga although the intensity of the heat is generally tempered by the proximity to the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which is cooler than the prevailing daytime temperatures over the land surface of southern Spain. Cooling sea breezes are thus normal, while sea fog is quite rare, unlike in the spring months. The average daytime maximum temperature is 30°C and there is an average overnight minimum of 20.5°C, so while the daytime temperatures may be on the high side for some, conditions are usually very good for outdoor activities during the evenings and overnight.
Note though that sleeping can be difficult in the central parts of Malaga where there is a pronounced urban heat island effect and pollution levels are relatively high. On rare occasions an import of hot air from northern Africa, combined with winds from the northern half of the compass, can result in significant heatwaves, with temperatures into the mid to high 30s Celsius and occasionally even into the low 40s, though not as hot as inland.
An average August has just 6mm of precipitation and 1 day with measurable precipitation. Most Augusts are rain-free although short-lived thundery downpours crop up on rare occasions, most often near the end of the month. The very dry conditions combined with heat and sunshine occasionally trigger problems with fires along the Costa del Sol. At the end of August 2012 the hot dry weather contributed to a spread of fires through the Costa del Sol which affected the Malaga area.
The lack of rain is also accompanied by reliably high amounts of sunshine with a mean total of 309 hours, a mean of 10.0 hours per day. Thus August is not quite as sunny as July but this is mainly a consequence of the shortening hours of daylight, and the sun shines for a large majority of the time. The average relative humidity is low at this time of year with a mean of 62%, and in addition, the humidity levels tend to be lowest when the weather is particularly hot, so hot weather combined with high humidity is very unusual at Malaga. The average sea temperature rises to 23°C at this time of the year, which is swimmable though fairly cool. However, many of the shallower stretches of sea near the coastline are rather warmer than that, so there are usually good places to swim off the coast of Malaga at this time of year.
Dates for the diary
The Feria Malaga takes place in Malaga and lasts for ten days, associated with plenty of sherry and flamenco dances. The fair commemorates the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487 and lasts for ten full festive days. The fiesta is held in the city centre during the day, and at a fairground during the evenings.
At Competa in the Malaga district the Noche del Vino is a wine festival that runs from the 11th-15th August and there are frequent flamenco performances, while free wine tasting is offered.
Things to do
There are no notable water parks in Malaga itself, but further out within the borough there are three main water parks to try out. Aqualand at at Calle Cuba, no. 10 in Torremolinos boasts numerous water attractions including the helter-skelter-style Multipistas and the Surf Beach (which features 1 metre high waves in a pool which is 1440 square metres), a Crazy Cones slide, and the Kamikaze slide, which is 22 metres high. There is also a Kidzworld for younger visitors and there are two jacuzzis for chilling out. Fans of water slides and high helter-skelter type attractions can also consider the Torre del Mar waterpark at Urbanisation El Tomillar, Torre Del Mar. The Aquamijas Mijas water park, situated off the Fuengirola bypass, is more suited to families with younger children, and contains 5 water slides, and mini-golf and jacuzzis are among the other attractions.
August is a good time to try water sports, particularly with the seas typically at their warmest at this time of the year. Simply Diving at Carlota Alessandri 25, Aloha Bloque 5, 29620 Torremolinos are a British-run 5-star PADI centre offer a wide range of dive courses, and dive trips to various sites, including a 240km dive from Tarifa all the way to Almuñecar. The dive trips are tailored to the visitors’ level of experience and include a full diving kit rental, hotel collection and transportation via air-conditioned minibuses, and light refreshments. Another good dive centre to choose is One2One at Pueblo Santa Ana, Benaladena Costa, 29630 Fuengirola, which is another 5-star PADI dive centre offering many dive courses and dive trips to various sites including Torreblanca House Reef, Tarifa and Gibraltar.
Hit the beach
August is typically the busiest time of the year on the beaches, though there are usually spots where it is possible to settle down and relax. El Candado beach offers a good view of the coast and is protected by two water barriers, and is ideal for windsurfing, diving, snorkelling and sailing. La Misericordia Beach is particularly good for windsurfing, kite flying and sailing and is also quite family-friendly with a range of good facilities.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good eateries to choose from in Malaga. One good option for a special occasions is the Restaurante Vino Mio at Plaza Jeronimo Cuervo 2, Al Lado del Teatro Cervantes, 29012 which serves international and Mediterranean cuisine, and also includes some Asian style dishes. For a good BBQ/steak dinner it is hard to go wrong with the Restaurante Venta El Charco at Los Ventorros, Los Romanes.
Those who fancy catching up on important sporting events can try the Lounge Bar at Avenida de Bonanza, Benalmadena Costa, 29631. This bar features coverage of major sporting events and a golf society. The Teatro Cervantes at Calle Ramos Marin provides frequent orchestral and flamenco performances.
Where to stay
Malaga has many accommodation options, some of which are very good, although others are less reliable. One luxurious option is the Room Mate Larios at Marques de Larios 2, 29005 which offers 4-star accommodation and is ideally situated for various attractions. The 4-star Tryp Guadalmar at Moby Dick, 2, Urbanizacion Guadalmar, 29004, has good views over Torremolinos. A reasonable bed and breakfast option is Casa de las Mercedes at HInestrosa 18, 29012.
There are some good budget options in Malaga, including the Hotel Zenit Malaga at Cuba 1-3, 29013, which is about 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Alternatively, those who would prefer a camping holiday can try the Cloud House Farm at Finca Casa Nube, Genalguacil.