Barcelona, Spain: Live Weather
Live weather in Barcelona
The latest and today's weather in Barcelona, Spain updated regularly
- Sunrise 07:31
- Sunset 20:01
|Temp feels like:||81°F (27°C)|
|Length of Day:||12h 30m|
|Pressure:||30.12" (1020 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
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Historic Temperatures for 15th September in Barcelona
|Average High||73°F (23°C)|
|Record High||82°F (28°C) (2011)|
|Average Low||61°F (16°C)|
|Record Low||55°F (13°C) (2017)|
Weather in Barcelona
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and mild winters. However, the weather is moderated by westerly winds from the Atlantic, and the city sits on an elevated plateau.
These factors combine to produce slightly cooler temperatures and higher precipitation than Spain's more southerly coastal resorts. Barcelona is also cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than areas further inland, as is to be expected from a coastal location.
Barcelona sits on Spain's northeast coast, Costa Brava, the 'wild coast'.
Its position puts it in the path of many conflicting winds and weather systems, so the weather is hard to predict. Conditions often alter considerably from year to year. The coast is so named because of its tempestuous weather and also for its rugged appearance.
What are the seasons in Barcelona?
While summers are warm and mild weather continues into the winter months, there are still distinct seasons in Barcelona.
For UK travellers, May could be construed as early summer in Barcelona. As the May 2019 forecast shows, you can still enjoy quite warm temperatures of 19°C (66F).
March until June sees lovely, temperate spring conditions in Barcelona.
Does it rain a lot in Barcelona?
The highest amount of average rainfall in Barcelona falls in October, with 87mm. This is 12mm more than the September average. However, this drops dramatically to 34mm in November.
Barcelona only sees an average of 51 days of rainfall a year, and you can still enjoy lovely warm days all year round.
People often wonder if it can rain all day in Barcelona? Well, it does rain there, but usually for no more than one or two days.
But even in the winter months of January and February, you only get around three and five days of rainfall respectively.
It is such an interesting city that, whatever the weather, there is no bad time to visit. While it is most beautiful in the summer, if you come properly prepared for the cold and wet in the cooler seasons you are sure to enjoy yourself.
Spring weather in Barcelona
What is the weather usually like in Barcelona?
From mid-April, sunny days have been known to reach up to 20°C (68F). Night-times remain cool, and only rise above 10°C (50F) in April.
The sun comes out for longer and longer, increasing to up to eight hours per day in May. Fog often develops and the wind can bring a cold edge to warm days.
Summer weather in Barcelona
What are the summer months in Barcelona?
The season can expect heat and plenty of sunshine, which brings out the best of the city's mix of modern, gothic and mystical architecture, numerous parks and party spirit.
How hot does it get in Barcelona in the summer?
The highest temperature ever recorded in Barcelona was 37.4°C (99.32), on 27 August, 2010. However, this is likely to change as heat waves continue to hit Europe.
Night-times cool off pleasantly in the fringe months, but in peak-season can often stay up around 20°C (68F). While low humidity and a steady breeze help keep the temperature comfortable, it can soar up into the mid-30s when weather systems move over from Africa.
While Barcelona is cooler than many Mediterranean resorts, be prepared for extreme heat. It regularly spikes into the 30s and the high humidity makes temperatures even in the mid-twenties harder to handle.
Sightseeing tends to involve a lot of walking, which can be exhausting in these conditions.
From June until August, nine or 10 hours of sunshine per day can be expected; September is slightly more overcast but still receives around seven hours per day.
While Barcelona is not generally seen as a beach destination, the heat and sun means the long long, sandy beaches are packed with sunbathers in the summer months.
The sea temperature in Barcelona gets up to 26°C (79F) in August and is warm enough for swimming throughout the season.
Rainfall is low at the start of summer, but as the season progresses and the heat builds, thunderstorms become quite frequent.
September is the wettest month in Barcelona on average. However, even in September it only rains on around nine days. Rainfall is usually heavy and brief.
The wind is strong during summer, leading to waves that are quite large for the Mediterranean. This lends itself to an array of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and surfing.
Autumn weather in Barcelona
In October, the average high temperature falls to 23°C (73F) and six hours of sunshine per day can be expected. However, it rains quite frequently, with fog sometimes coming in from the sea.
At night the temperature regularly gets down to 12°C (54F).
November is much cooler, but still mild in the days, with an average high of 18°C (64F) and an average low of 9°C (48F). Fog develops regularly but rainfall diminishes as the season progresses.
Winter weather in Barcelona
What is the coldest month in Barcelona?
The average high temperature falls to its lowest in December at 14°C (57F), when the average low gets down to 5°C (41F).
In December 2018, the lowest temperature dropped to 8°C (46F), while there was a monthly average high of 13°C (55F).
January 2019 saw the the average lowest temperature fall to 6°C (43F) in the first week of the month, with an average high of 11°C (52F) during the middle of the month. The daytime high temperature in January 2019 was 11°C.
This seems vastly preferable to the UK's respective highs and lows of 7°C (45F) and 2°C (36F). However, Barcelona weather is unpredictable and very susceptible to sunshine levels.
On average, each day sees around four hours of sunshine, but this can mean the odd day of brilliant sunshine followed by whole weeks of grey skies.
These bring on wet, cold and blustery weather when the temperature doesn't get above 4°C in the day and falls below freezing at night.
Barcelona sunshine in winter
However, if the sun stays out for a few days the temperature can reach the mid-teens and you may even need a coat.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in the city centre was -9.6°C (15F) in 1896, but since then the coldest temperature was -6.7°C (20F) in 1956.
During Christmas 1962, Barcelona was hit by a blizzard which dumped 50cm of snow on the city and up to 1m of snow on the surrounding hills. This was the biggest snowfall since 1887.
The biggest snowfall since 1962 occurred in March 2010.
The public bus network shut down, forcing commuters to use the Metro, leading to huge queues. Many had to stay in hotels as it was too difficult to get home.
The border with France was also closed, resulting in 5000 cars and trucks being stranded.
While Barcelona does not usually get heavy snow, the Pyrenees does. Barcelona is sometimes used as a base from which to visit various ski resorts.
However, the closest resorts are La Molina and La Masella, around one-and-a-half hour's drive or train journey from the city.
The ski season in Barcelona generally lasts from December until April, although some resorts open as early as November.