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12 DecLocal Time: 22:10 CET UK Time: 21:10 GMT
- Sunrise 07:55
- Sunset 17:18
- Moonrise 14:16
- Moonset 03:02
|Temp feels like:||8°c (46.4°f)|
|Length of Day:||9h 24m|
|Dew Point:||7 °c (45°f)|
|Pressure:||30.36 " (1028 hpa)|
Average for December: 12°c (53.6°f)
Weather Overview for Menorca
Menorca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long hot summers, and shorter mild winters. The island sees around 300 days of sunshine per year. Summer is the best time to visit, keeping in mind that everybody thinks the same; be sure to book ahead if you are planning to visit in the summer; July and August are particularly busy. Late spring and early autumn also experience fantastic weather and many might find the thinner crowds preferable.
Menorca (or Minorca in Spanish and Catalan) is one of the three Balearic Islands which lie off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. The other Balearics to the southwest are Majorca, Formentera, and the infamous party island of Ibiza.
Menorca is the most northern of the Balearics, so it is slightly cooler and wetter than its southern counterparts. It is also in the path of no less than 8 prevailing winds, leading to its nickname, the ‘windy island.’ Menorca has the first ever wind farm in the Balearic archipelago.
Summers in Minorca could actually be said to begin in late May; visitors and residents can enjoy temperatures in the 20s right through until late September/early October. This period provides Menorca’s best weather with average highs of 21°C in May climbing to 25°C in June, peaking at 28°C in August, and only getting back down to 21°C in October. Minorca is exceptionally windy, providing perfect water sport conditions and relief from the heat. Up to eleven hours of sunshine per day can be expected at the peak of the season, and clear skies can be expected for most of the season. In the height of summer you will often need to escape the heat but this is easily achieved by jumping into the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea, refreshing at first in contrast to the heat of the day, but quickly feeling comfortably warm, sitting in the twenties throughout the season.
The peak summer months see rainfall at an absolute minimum, but the beginning and end of the season see heavy showers. Early summer is sunnier than late summer, but in late summer the sea temperature is higher.
Autumn is wet and mild. It is the rainiest time of year and sees heavy showers, though only on seven or eight days per month. October is the wettest month with November following closely. The average high temperature drops to 21°C in October which is still very pleasant but in November it is quite mild at an average high of 17°C. Night times are cool and the sky is often overcast. November sees an average of four hours of sunshine per day – this is still twice the average in London at the same time of year. The sea is still just warm enough for swimming, falling to an average of 18°C in November.
Winter sees temperatures drop, heavy showers on eight or nine days per month, and about 3-5 hours of sunshine per day. The average minimum temperature in December, January and February is around 7°C and the average maximum sits at about 13°C. This is better than the UK, but not very significantly – it would be pushing it to label Minorca as a ‘winter sun’ destination. Frost and snow are exceptionally rare. The tramontana wind that sweeps across the island from the north is prominent during the winter months. This brings unpredictable, changeable weather so a rainy day could very well be followed by a day of uninterrupted sun, and very different weather conditions can be experienced within the same day. This is the rainy season and while rainfall levels have dropped from autumn, it still rains regularly and the high winds can whip up big storms.
Spring sees temperatures of between 14°C and 18°C, and is considerably sunnier and drier than the autumn months. Showers are not infrequent but the sun usually comes out between them. Rainfall halves in May and, as mentioned earlier, the month could easily be considered the beginning of summer. If the sun stays out for long enough it can even push temperatures into the 20s, though night times remain cold. The sea doesn’t really heat up enough for comfortable swimming till the end of May. April still has an average water temperature of 15°C and May one of 17°C. Sunshine levels increase rapidly throughout the season, already pleasant at six hours per day in March and climbing to 8.5 hours per day in May. Menorca is known for being particularly rich in stunning wild flowers, including orchids, and spring is when they bloom. Many species are unique to the island. With mild weather, spring is a great time to visit the island for a walking holiday.
When holidaying in Menorca, there are some weather hazards that can occur at various times of the year that you should be aware of when planning your holiday.
Due to their close proximity to North Africa, the Balearic Islands suffer from dust storms, caused by the hot winds that blow across the Sahara. These tend to hit the area around late winter/early spring, usually around February and March.
Though not usually severe, they can seriously restrict visibility and irritate asthma and other such respiratory problems so, if you suffer from one, make sure you carry your medication with you whilst on holiday here.
Spain’s droughts are unlikely to have a direct affect on your holiday, but can exacerbate other weather conditions, which might. Bush fires in the summer are made worse by the vegetation being much drier.
Also, droughts can bring on periods of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and hailstorms. There can be around 10 hailstorms a year and between 10-20 thunderstorms. The heavy rain can in turn lead to flash flooding.
The Balearic Islands are affected by tornadoes and water spouts more than any other area of Spain. These can hit the island any time between July and late December, but usually arrive in September and October.
It is usually best to travel to the island in the summer to avoid the extreme weather conditions.
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