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Andalucía has an excellent climate for holidaymakers who like guaranteed sunshine all year round. Spring and autumn are lovely seasons - midday temperatures are around 30ºC. In July and August the temperature regularly reaches 40ºc and often more inland. Even in December and January coastal temperatures can reach 20 to 25º, perfect for sunbathing, even though the locals wouldn’t agree! However there are some very surprising regional variations.

Coastal Climate

The Mediterranean coastline is suitable for beach holidays all year round. The water is warm and safe and on the whole the weather is dry. However, be aware that it does rain sometimes in winter and the Atlantic coastline of Cádiz can be very wet.

The Costa de la Luz (Cádiz and Huelva) is much cooler, as is the Atlantic water making it unsuitable for swimming in winter except for the hardiest. Water sports are still practised but people wear wetsuits.

In spring a strong wind called the Levante blows on many days between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic because of the temperature difference. Some years this is quite mild but if the Levante blows hard it can make a day on the beach practically impossible because of the sand being blown up. This particularly affects the coast of Almería in the months of March and April.

Inland Climate

Temperatures inland are much higher than on the coast particularly in summer. The provinces of Seville, Jaen and Córdoba have occasionally been known to reach 50ºC at midday in July and temperatures in the mid 40ºs are common. The hottest temperature ever officially recorded in Andalucía was 46.5ºC - this record is shared by Sevilla Morón and Córdoba. Night time temperatures rarely drop below 30ºC making it difficult to sleep without air conditioning. The winter months are ideal for exploring these beautiful cities. Granada, near the Sierra Nevada is cooler and night temperatures can drop to 20ºC.

The mountain ranges of eastern Andalusia can be visited all year round. The midday sun can be very hot in summer - spring and autumn are excellent seasons for climbing and walking.

The greatest surprise perhaps is the climate of the Sierra de Grazalema in Cadiz, which is the wettest place in Spain with a yearly average of 1887.9 mm (contrast with the record for the driest place at 91 mm recorded in 2002 at the Faro de Gata in Almeria!). This is where the Atlantic westerly winds first meet a mountain range. The payoff however is the beautiful, fresh, green scenery and wooded hills perfect for walking. The summer is drier but you can still expect some refreshing showers!

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