Weather Overview for Valencia
Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, is
located on the South-Eastern coast and due to its proximity to the
Mediterranean experiences typical Mediterranean weather conditions consisting
of warm dry summers and mild winters. The average temperature of Valencia rarely
drops below 12 ºC and for this reason it is a popular destination year round.
Summers in Valencia
are hot, but not unbearable. Throughout July and August the average daily
temperature is about 30 ºC, accompanied by mild humidity. If the heat and
humidity do become a discomfort do as the Valencians do and hop into the Mediterranean Sea which during summer has an agreeable
average water temperature of above and over 20 ºC. June sees Valencia with
an average daily temperature of 22 ºC, July 25 ºC and August is the hottest
month averaging 26 ºC with an average maximum temperature of 30 ºC.
many Mediterranean coastal cities, is cooled down by the local sea breeze with
starts blowing at about midday and begins to calm by 4pm. This sea breeze was
the focus of much analysis during the 2007 Americas Cup in hosted in Valencia. This
wind saw one day of sailing being postponed when it was thought that the
strength of the wind would cause damage to the racing yachts.
and spring see Valencia,
like other cities of similar climate, experience milder temperatures and
heavier rain fall. Despite the fact that Valencia only averages forty four
rainy days per year, most of these fall during the period October through
December. Autumn is the wettest time in Valencia, particularly September
and October. With autumn comes the Spanish Weather phenomenon known as ‘Gota
Fria’ (‘cut-off low) which brings stormy unsettled weather and periods of rain
along the Mediterranean coast. Gota Fria is a cold low which brings air from
polar origin causing the region to cool significantly. It also brings several
days of overcast, unsettling dreary weather.
Winter in Valencia
is pleasant, mild and filled with clear blue skies, it does however get
considerably colder come sundown. The months December through to February are
not particularly wet either, generally averaging 51mm to 52mm of precipitation
in December and falling to 32mm to 36mm come January and February. January is generally the coldest month, with
an average minimum of 7 ºC and an average maximum of 16 ºC.
brings the festival season and flowering countryside, so it is a popular time
to visit. The crowds haven’t quite picked up in time for summer so Valencia’s
famed beaches aren’t as full and accommodation prices haven’t reached summer
highs. March sees an average temperature of 14 ºC moving up to
an average daily temperature of 18 ºC in May. It is considerably drier in spring
than autumn; however the city receives more rain in this period of time than
once the summer months arrive. The mild weather and sea breeze that Valencia
receives makes it a great destination year round for wind surfing, parasailing,
kite surfing and other wind sports.
in Spain is close to North Africa, dust storms- caused by hot winds blowing across the Sahara- are a problem in the area.
These tend to last on average for 1-4 days, but can last
for up to 2 weeks every 10 years or
Dust storms will usually hit Valencia between May and September.
They can severely reduce visibility and irritate asthma and other respiratory problems, so always make sure you carry any medication with you if you suffer
from such a problem. It’s best to stay inside when a dust storm hits.
Another common complaint in Spain are the droughts, which,
though not more frequent now, tend to last for longer and are thus more of a
problem. Though they are unlikely to directly affect your holiday, they can
make other problems, such as bush fires, worse.
Bush fires are an issue in summer in Valencia. The
dry vegetation caused by the droughts mean that they can last for longer and be
more intense, so make sure you are staying in a location that is unlikely to be
affected by them. 60% of the time they are either deliberately lit or the
result of careless mistakes or accidents.
Periods of draught can also bring on thunder storms, hail storms
and heavy rain, which in turn can
lead to flash flooding. Around 10
hail storms a year are likely to be seen in Valencia, with 10-20 thunder
storms. These will usually occurring Spain
in the autumn or winter so the summer is the best time of the year to visit Spain if you
want to entirely avoid any wet weather.