Warmest and driest winters in Europe

Average high and low monthly temperatures


 Source: World Weather Online

Contents of my last post, about wearing shorts in November while enjoying daytime temperatures in the 70s, stirred some interest. Jeannie, a friend in America, added a comment saying: “So this is “winter” in Spain? 70˚F and shorts? It sounds like paradise, until next June/July/August when temperatures soar. Don’t count me out as a future visitor! (I will remember to visit in November, maybe on October 31 to celebrate your anniversary).

Well, November is not really winter here as the coldest months seem to be December and January when, we have been warned, the temperatures may dip as low as freezing point for one or two nights.

In fact, the area in which Lisa and I now live has the most sunshine in the whole of Andalucia, the least rainfall in the whole of Spain and the warmest and driest winters in all Europe. That’s just a little different from North Wales, the second wettest place in the UK.

Despite that warning of freezing temperatures being reached, the average winter lows only dip to 43˚F/6 ˚C while the corresponding winter highs are around 61˚F/16˚C to 62.5˚F/17˚C.

The area has a year round average of a full nine hours of sunshine a day and a total rainfall of less than seven and a half inches. In winter, the average maximum daily temperature is 19˚C (67˚F) from October to March.

The light is luminous with brilliant clear sunny days and star-filled night skies. So much so that Europe’s only solar power station is located here, as well as one of Europe’s most important space observatories.

It is, without exception, the warmest and driest place to be in Europe in the winter. In summer, it is hot and dry inland but cooler down on the coast. We benefit from inland weather but are only 10 minutes from the coast, by car.

Today is the windiest since our arrival. We have winds gusting to 19 mph and a temperature of 68˚F/20˚C – with no windchill factor and brilliant sunshine.

Of course, we are still acclimatised to UK temperatures but by this time next year the summer here will have come and gone and so the winter months will, no doubt appear colder than they will this time around.

And, to Jeannie, I’d add this message: Lisa and I would welcome a visit by Gary and you – especially for this year’s anniversary which will be five years.











2 thoughts on “Warmest and driest winters in Europe

  1. Gary is definitely considering it (coming to visit next year.) He wants to know how the plumbing is. Last year was unusually warm here and the consequence is an overabundance of mice. It seems to be an area-wide epidemic. I’ve killed 4 mice in our mud-room since the beginning of the month.


  2. Hi Jeanie, We were both delighted to read your blog comment about you and Gary seriously considering visiting us in 2016.
    You can stay with us, so no hotel needed.
    Spain is quite advanced, it may be something to do with years of Franco’s dictatorship, and plumbing is no exception. All facilities are modern. Our place has a brand new wet room, especially installed so I can use it.
    Sorry to hear of you mouse problem. We have squirrels and rabbits here but have not yet seen any other creatures about, apart from domestic pets. Love to you both.


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