Weather in Europe

If you are travelling in Europe then you are probably expecting some good weather. Here is some information that may help you plan your trip to get the best weather.

Average daily air tempratures

Temprate (C) Colour
Cool (0 – 15)  
Warm (16 – 25)  
Hot (26 + )  

 

Location Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
France                        
Paris 8 7 10 16 17 23 25 26 21 17 12 8
Bordeaux 10 9 12 20 22 24 27 26 24 20 15 11
Biarritz 12 11 15 16 17 20 22 25 21 18 15 13
Nice 12 12 14 19 21 27 28 28 25 22 17 14
Spain                        
Santander 12 13 15 16 17 19 22 24 21 19 15 13
Madrid 9 12 15 17 21 27 31 32 25 18 13 10
Barcelona 13 14 16 18 21 24 28 30 25 22 16 14
Malaga 17 18 19 21 23 26 29 31 29 24 20 18
Portugal                        
Porto 13 14 15 16 19 22 25 29 24 20 17 15
Lisbon 14 16 18 20 22 24 27 30 25 20 17 15
Faro (Algarve) 15 16 18 20 22 26 28 31 26 24 19 16

 

Autumn (September – November)

Autumn is when most people head towards western Europe in vans. Whilst France, Spain and Portugal have good weather during early Autumn the weather can be changeable. If you want to stay in the sunshine, and you are travelleing south (like most people) you should try and get into Spain by mid September and Portugal by October. If you enter these countries after these times you risk more rain.

Winter (December – February)

The Algarve region of Portugal and the souther Mediteranean have the best weather during winter. Average daily temptratures in the south are 17 degress C in January, the coldest month. This holds true for as far up the Mediteranean coast as Alicante. Nice in the south of France will average 12 degress C during January, too cold for most looking for sunshine.

Surfers looking for the best waves will want to consider staying north of the Algarve, around Ericeria and Peniche. The crowds will thin a little but the waves will be good. You might need a 4/3 wetsuit though, rather than your summer 3/2.

Spring (March – May)

The region starts to warm again in March, with Lisbon averaging 18 degress C and Barcelona averaging 16 degress C on the east. In France the warmest place in March will be Nice at 14 degress C.

Summer (June – August)

Summer is the hotest month for all of these countries. In June most places will be in the 20’s C, right through until August. To escape the crowds try going north.

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