The climate of Barcelona
is the capital of Catalonia, Spain
, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate classified under the Köppen climatic classification as Csa. Characterized by hot summers and mildly warm winters, the city is located on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, making it a generally low humid and moderately dry city.
Summers are long in Barcelona. Lasting between May
, summers are warm and sometimes fairly hot, with temperatures going up to 29°C (84.2°F) on average on the warmest days. The sea becomes lovely during summer attracting more crowds in the city as opposed to the other seasons. The daytimes appear elongated than the nights owing to the more extended daylight hours and shorter night hours.
Winter in Barcelona, between December
, is short and the coldest season of the year with temperatures dropping to 5°C (41°F) on the coldest days, and 14°C (57.2°F) on the warmest days. At night weather gets colder, and occasional frost accumulates on the mountainous areas, but occurrences of snow and frost during the daytime are rare. Generally, it remains sunny and mildly warm throughout the winter.
, the rainfall experienced is high, particularly in October, when the highest rainfall of the year is recorded. These months serve as the transition from summer into winter. March
have pleasant weather across the period, however short, serving as a transition between winter and summer.
The best time to visit Barcelona
is a coastal city, the best time to visit Barcelona is during winter. Even as it is the coldest season of the year, the temperatures are still mildly warm and bearable ranging between 5°C (41°F) and 14°C (57.2°F).
The high rainfall is not experienced in winter, but the sun shines increased throughout the day, making it a relatively dry, warm, and pleasant time. Winter has manageable crowds in the city as tourists start to flock in more during the hot months. Winter falls in tune with the Christmas festivities and the New Year celebrations that make the city beautiful during the day and significantly magnificent at night.
Apart from moderately warm clothing, nothing is expected of visitors in the town. Enjoying visits to parks, museums, and other beautiful sites are more pleasant during winter. Indoor events and celebrations like the carnivals also heighten the winter in Barcelona.
The worst time to visit Barcelona
Unfortunately, the worst time to visit Barcelona
is during the summer. The city receives tourists all year round owing to its steady, pleasant weather. In summer, it gets warmer than the other months causing an influx in the incoming tourists. This translates to crowded beaches, crowded hotels, overcrowded streets, stuffy restaurants, price hikes in every aspect, fully booked accommodations and flights, and long queues everywhere. While the crowded city can be oppressive, the humidity in summer makes it hard to enjoy the local festivities and celebrations.
Early spring in Barcelona
experiences sea fog that may reduce visibility and hinder movement around the city for some time.
During the wet season, the rains are occasionally accompanied by thunderstorms, which may reach severe limits and cause harm. The coastline of Barcelona is susceptible to floods caused by the east and north-east winds, which can exceed the speed and cause floods and damages.
Weather in January
, the same as December
, is another fresh winter month in Barcelona
, with temperature in the range of an average low of 7.4°C (45.3°F) and an average high of 12.4°C (54.3°F). With an average high-temperature of 12.4°C (54.3°F) and an average low-temperature of 7.4°C (45.3°F), January is the coldest month. Weather in January »
Weather in February
, the last month of the winter in Barcelona
, is a moderate month, with temperature in the range of an average low of 7.1°C (44.8°F) and an average high of 13.1°C (55.6°F). In February, the average high-temperature is relatively the same as in January
- a mild 13.1°C (55.6°F). Weather in February »
Weather in March
The first month of the spring, March
, is still a mild month in Barcelona
, with an average temperature ranging between min 8.9°C (48°F) and max 15.2°C (59.4°F). In Barcelona, the average high-temperature in March is essentially the same as in February
- a still moderate 15.2°C (59.4°F). Weather in March »
Weather in April
, is a comfortable spring month, with an average temperature varying between 11.3°C (52.3°F) and 17.3°C (63.1°F). In April, the average high-temperature is almost the same as in March
- an enjoyable 17.3°C (63.1°F). Weather in April »
Weather in May
The last month of the spring, May
, is a pleasant month in Barcelona
, with an average temperature ranging between min 14.6°C (58.3°F) and max 20.5°C (68.9°F). In Barcelona, the average high-temperature in May slightly increases from a comfortable 17.3°C (63.1°F) in April
to an agreeable 20.5°C (68.9°F). Weather in May »
Weather in June
, the first month of the summer in Barcelona
, is a warm month, with an average temperature ranging between min 18.3°C (64.9°F) and max 24.5°C (76.1°F). In Barcelona, the average high-temperature in June marginally rises from an agreeable 20.5°C (68.9°F) in May
to a moderately hot 24.5°C (76.1°F). Weather in June »
Weather in July
, like June
, in Barcelona
, is a moderately hot summer month, with an average temperature fluctuating between 27.3°C (81.1°F) and 21.5°C (70.7°F). In Barcelona, the average high-temperature in July is almost the same as in June - a still warm 27.3°C (81.1°F). Weather in July »
Weather in August
The last month of the summer, August
, is another warm month in Barcelona
, with an average temperature fluctuating between 27.5°C (81.5°F) and 22.1°C (71.8°F). August is the warmest month, with an average high-temperature of 27.5°C (81.5°F) and an average low-temperature of 22.1°C (71.8°F). The average heat index in August is calculated to be a tropical 30°C (86°F). Weather in August »
Weather in September
The first month of the autumn, September
, is also a moderately hot month in Barcelona
, with temperature in the range of an average high of 24.5°C (76.1°F) and an average low of 19.2°C (66.6°F). In Barcelona, the average high-temperature in September slightly decreases from 27.5°C (81.5°F) in August
to a still warm 24.5°C (76.1°F). Weather in September »
Weather in October
, the same as September
, in Barcelona
, is an agreeable autumn month, with an average temperature ranging between min 16°C (60.8°F) and max 21.5°C (70.7°F). In October, the average high-temperature marginally drops from a moderately hot 24.5°C (76.1°F) in September to a pleasant 21.5°C (70.7°F). Weather in October »
Weather in November
, the last month of the autumn in Barcelona
, is another comfortable month, with an average temperature ranging between min 11.3°C (52.3°F) and max 16.3°C (61.3°F). In Barcelona, Spain
, the average high-temperature in November decreases from a pleasant 21.5°C (70.7°F) in October
to a comfortable 16.3°C (61.3°F). Weather in November »
Weather in December
, the first month of the winter in Barcelona
, is still a mild month, with an average temperature fluctuating between 13.4°C (56.1°F) and 8.5°C (47.3°F). In Barcelona, the average high-temperature in December is almost the same as in November
- a moderate 13.4°C (56.1°F). Weather in December »