Madrid's Climate

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Madrid will surprise you with its intense, enveloping blue sky. With a dry climate and little rainfall, the city has hot summers and cold winters. No matter what time of the year you choose to come, you’re very likely to see with your own eyes the deep blue sky Velázquez loved to paint.


In spring, Madrid’s parks, gardens and green spaces are bursting with flowers. The first couple of months tend to bring rain, with an average temperature of 12ºC (54ºF) in April. As the month of May progresses, the weather becomes almost summery, with average temperatures reaching 21ºC (70ºF) in June, when the streets get livelier.


Summers tend to be dry and very hot, with an average temperature of 25ºC (77ºF) in July and August. During these months, days are longer and the city really begins to come alive in the evening. In August, however, the whole scene looks much quieter, as a large number of Madrileños go away on holiday. In late August and in September, the temperatures drop significantly.


In October, temperatures are mild, while in November, it tends to be cold and rainy. The last two months of the year are generally the wettest. The average temperature falls from 15ºC (59ºF) in October to 7ºC (45ºF) in December. Even so, this is an ideal time to enjoy the parks, wrapped in a palette of colours dominated by reddish and ochre shades.


Winters in Madrid are cold and dry, and snow does fall now and then, especially in late December and in January. However, Madrid isn’t known to be a particularly snowy city. January is the coldest month of the year, when average temperatures can be as low as 6ºC (43ºF) on average. Nevertheless, cloudless skies are very common in the winter months, so you won’t miss out on the warm and pleasant midday sun.


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