Costa del Sol, Spain: Live Weather
Live weather in Costa del Sol
The latest and today's weather in Costa del Sol, Spain updated regularly
- Sunrise 08:22
- Sunset 18:03
|Temp feels like:||61°F (16°C)|
|Length of Day:||9h 41m|
|Pressure:||30.27" (1025 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
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Historic Temperatures for 16th December in Costa del Sol
|Average High||61°F (16°C)|
|Record High||72°F (22°C) (2015)|
|Average Low||46°F (8°C)|
|Record Low||37°F (3°C) (1999)|
Weather in Costa del Sol
Located in the most southern region of Spain within the community of Andalucia, Costa del Sol is a popular holiday resort tucked in between the lesser known Costa de la Luz and Costa Tropical. The resort covers more than 300km of coastline, with golden sandy beaches on the coastal side and purpose-built holiday resorts, such as Malaga, Marbella and Benalmadena, on the inland side.
Costa del Sol enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with four fairly distinct seasons each year – spring (March, April and May), summer (June, July and August), autumn, (September, October and November) and winter (December, January and February) – just like in the UK. But, unlike the UK, average temperatures rarely drop below double figures in this resort – even in the middle of winter.
Saying that, the difference in temperature between the summer season (the most popular time for tourists to visit) and the winter season (the quietest time for the resort in terms of tourism) is huge, as is the difference in average monthly rainfall and sea temperature. Although the number of daily sunshine hours halves in the winter season compared to the summer, the Costa del Sol still enjoys around 325 days of sunshine each year – definitely living up to its name, Coast of the Sun!
Spring Weather in Costa Del Sol
Spring is the most popular time for golfers to visit the Costa del Sol, when temperatures are warm, but not hot, and there are a few showers, but not enough to make a round of golf out of the question. During this season, average temperatures quickly increase as the season progresses, beginning at 14°C in March, jumping up to 16°C in April and rising again up to 19°C by May. Although average highs range between 18°C and 23°C during the daytime, evenings can get very chilly, with average low temperatures dropping to 9°C-13°C. Keep in mind that the cool sea breeze which blows in off the Mediterranean can often make the mild temperatures feel a few degrees cooler, so it's always worth packing an extra warm jumper or jacket, just in case.
With an average of 7-9 daily sunshine hours during this season, you'll get plenty of opportunities to work on your tan. If you want to make the most of the sunshine, plan your holiday for May, when the resort enjoys the most sunshine hours of the season – nine – and the lowest median cloud coverage of 34% (mostly clear).
Although the weather might be warm enough for a day at the beach, the sea will probably be too cold for swimming, ranging between an average of 15°C and 17°C. Fortunately, many hotels have indoor pools or heat their outdoor pools, so you'll have an alternative if you absolutely have to go for a swim.
After winter, spring is the wettest season of the year in the Costa del Sol, but as time passes, the probability of rainfall decreases. March is the wettest month, when an average of 59mm of rainfall occurring over the course of 12 days. This drops down to 40mm over 11 days in April and 23mm over eight days in May.
Summer Weather in Costa Del Sol
Most travellers visit Costa del Sol in summer, so expect flights and accommodation to be expensive at this time of year. During this season, average temperatures begin at a pleasant 22°C in June, rise to 25°C in July and peak at 26°C in August, which is the hottest month of the year. Average highs range between 27°C and 29°C during the daytime, but temperatures have been known to soar up to the 40s during aggressive heatwaves, so be prepared. The highest temperature ever registered in the Costa del Sol was a scorching 44.2°C, which was recorded in Malaga on 18th July 1978.
Evenings bring some much-welcomed respite from the heat of the daytime, with average lows dropping down to 17°C-19°C after dark. Even when daytime temperatures are at their highest, the cool sea breeze which is an almost constant feature in the Costa del Sol means that the heat is never too much and is always more enjoyable than uncomfortable.
During summer, Costa del Sol boasts an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day, making it the sunniest season by far. What's more, the median cloud coverage plummets to a mere 19% in summer, which means you'll get loads of sunshine every day and plenty of time to work on your tan. On average, July is the clearest month of the year, when median cloud coverage is just 7%. Summer is also when the sea temperature is at its warmest, rising from 20°C in June, up to 22°C in July and peaking at 23°C in August.
Summer is the driest season of the year for the Costa del Sol. June is the wettest month of the season, with an average of 13mm falling over the course of five days, followed by August with 5mm over three days and July (the driest month) with just 2mm falling over the course of two days.
It's this combination of hot weather, high number of sunshine hours, warm sea temperature and low chance of rainfall which attracts millions of tourists to the Costa del Sol each summer.
Autumn Weather in Costa Del Sol
Autumn is another popular time for golfers to visit the Costa del Sol for the same reasons they go in spring – pleasantly warm weather and only a small amount of rainfall. At this time of year, average temperatures start off at a pleasant 23°C in September and quickly drop to 19°C by October and 15°C by November.
The difference between the daytime and evening temperatures is significant, with daytime highs ranging between 26°C and 18°C and night time lows ranging between 17°C and 10°C. With the addition of the cool sea breeze which comes off the Mediterranean and makes temperatures feel slightly cooler than they actually are, you can expect some chilly nights if you visit Costa del Sol in autumn.
Just like temperatures drop as the seasons move from summer to autumn, the number of sunshine hours also decreases drastically. Whereas summer sees 11 hours of sunshine each day, September sees just eight, followed by October with seven and November with six. As sunshine hours decrease, median cloud coverage increases from 20% at the beginning of September up to the yearly high of 44% in the latter part of November, making the end of the season the cloudiest time of year for the Costa del Sol.
So although the sun might not be shining enough for you to spend hours sunbathing at the beach every day, the sea will definitely be warm enough to go for a swim in September and October, when the average sea temperature is 22°C and 20°C, respectively. By November, the average sea temperature drops down to 18°C, which might be slightly too cool for some.
November is the wettest month of the year for the Costa del Sol, when 115mm of rainfall occurs over 11 days on average. By comparison, September starts off fairly dry, with just 15mm falling over five days, although October is rather wet, with 57mm falling over nine days. The highest amount of monthly rainfall ever registered in the Costa del Sol is a staggering 497.4mm (more than four times the average) which was recorded at Malaga airport during November 1989. The commonest forms of precipitation at this time of year are moderate rain, followed by light rain and finally drizzle.
Winter Weather in Costa Del Sol
Winter is the coldest season in the Costa del Sol, but despite this, the resort is still a lot warmer than many more northern parts of Europe. It's thanks to the Sierra Bermeja mountain range, which blocks any cold gusts, that the Costa del Sol is very mild during this season. At this time of year, average temperatures stay fairly constant, dropping from 13°C in December, down to 12°C in January and back up to 13°C by February – this makes January the coldest month of the year in the Costa del Sol.
Daytime temperatures are around twice as warm as evening temperatures, so make sure you pack plenty of warm clothing to keep you comfortable as the evenings move into night. Remember that the cool sea breeze which blows in off the Mediterranean can make these cold temperatures seem even colder than they actually are, so be well prepared. The coldest temperature ever registered in the Costa del Sol is -3.8°C, which was experienced at Malaga airport on 4th February 1954.
Winter is the least sunny season of the year for the Costa del Sol, when the resort enjoys a mere 5-6 hours of sunshine every day. With a high median cloud coverage of around 42% across the whole season, the weather will be more overcast than bright and sunny for most of winter. The start of December is technically the cloudiest time, but the difference between the cloudiest and the clearest weeks is only 1-3% in terms of median cloud coverage, so it really won't make much of a difference when you visit.
With so few sunshine hours and such high cloud coverage, a day at the beach is probably out of the question if you visit the Costa del Sol in winter. But since the average sea temperature is 15°C-16°C during this season, the sea is too cold to go for a swim anyway. Thankfully, most hotels provide warm indoor swimming pools or heat their outdoor pools, so you won't have to miss out on a swim if you really want one.
The Costa del Sol experiences a fair bit of rainfall during the winter season. The wettest month is December, when 98mm of precipitation falls over 13 days, whilst February is the driest month, when 75mm of precipitation falls over 13 days.
Due to Spain's close proximity to North Africa, the Costa del Sol is subject to dust storms. These storms are caused by winds which blow across the Sahara Desert, bringing with them high temperatures (sometimes up to 10°C hotter than average) and low visibility, often reduced to 200m or less.
Although dust storms generally just cause a bit of discomfort for most people, travellers who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems can often be more affected by the dust and sand in the air. If you have a respiratory condition, make sure you've got sufficient medication with you when you travel. Thanks to the cool sea breeze which blows in off the Mediterranean, the high temperatures which accompany the dust storms usually feel a bit cooler than they actually are, so severe discomfort shouldn't be a real problem.
Dust storms in Spain are very unpredictable. Although weather stations can usually predict their appearance a few days in advance, it's a challenge to predict how long they'll last. Although most dust storms last for just two, three of four days, they can last as long as a fortnight.