Weather on the Costa del Sol

We are often asked how warm it is in the different months on the Costa del Sol. Below you can see the statistics for the last few years. The temperatures were measured at Málaga airport in the period from 2020 to 2024. They are representative of coastal towns as nearby places such as Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos and the city of Málaga. If you go further away from the coast, summer temperatures will generally be a bit higher and lower in winter.

Daytime temperature (°C)

Maximum temperature is usually reached during the afternoon.

Month Average 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020
January 17 18 17 17 17 17
February 18 16 19 18 20
March 19 22 18 19 20
April 21 24 21 21 20
May 25 24 26 24 25
June 28 28 30 28 29
July 31 32 30 31 30
August 31 32 31 31 32
September 28 28 30 28 27
October 24 25 25 25 23
November 20 22 22 20 20
December 18 18 18 18 18
Average 23 18 24 24 23 23

Warm and cold days

Number of days 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020
30 °C or warmer 0 44 48 39 43
25 °C or warmer 0 148 152 130 135
20 °C or warmer 7 249 232 234 226
0 °C or colder 0 0 0 0 0

Temperature at night (°C)

Minimum temperature is usually reached just before the sun rises.

Month Average 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020
January 8 9 8 9 8 8
February 9 8 11 11 10
March 11 11 11 10 12
April 12 13 12 14 13
May 15 16 16 15 15
June 19 19 20 19 18
July 22 24 21 22 22
August 22 23 22 23 22
September 20 20 20 20 19
October 16 16 17 16 14
November 12 12 13 11 13
December 9 8 11 11 9
Average 14 9 15 15 15 15

Precipitation probability (%)

Percentage of measurements where there is precipitation. Only measurements during daylight hours are counted.

Month Average 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020
January 3 4 0 1 10 5
February 2 5 1 1 0
March 6 0 11 2 10
April 4 0 5 7 3
May 1 5 1 2 1
June 1 3 0 1 0
July 0 0 0 0 0
August 0 0 0 0 0
September 1 1 0 2 0
October 2 2 0 0 2
November 3 0 2 2 1
December 4 4 18 5 1
Average 2 4 2 3 2 2

Wind speed (km/h)

Average wind speedOnly measurements during daylight hours are counted.

Month Average 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020
January 16 14 17 18 16 14
February 15 18 16 14 14
March 15 15 15 14 17
April 14 16 16 14 13
May 14 14 14 15 13
June 15 13 15 14 15
July 14 15 13 16 14
August 14 15 13 14 15
September 13 14 15 14 14
October 13 13 11 12 14
November 15 16 15 17 11
December 14 14 10 17 14
Average 14 14 15 14 15 14

Most frequent wind direction

Average wind direction, counting wind speed. Only measurements during daylight are counted.

Month 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020
January W W E NW W
February E S SW W
March W S SE NW
April S W SE S
May SE S S SE
June SE S S S
July SE SE SE SE
August SE SE SE SE
September S SW SE SE
October S SE SE W
November NW W W SE
December W S W W

Terral wind

Famous and infamous in the Málaga area is the local weather phenomenon the Terral. In summer, the temperature can rise 10 degrees in the evening when you actually expect it to cool down. Then look at the wind direction. Chances are it is blowing from the northwest.

The Terral arises over the mountains northwest of Málaga, such as the Sierra de las Nieves, Serranía de Ronda. The air blowing over those mountain ranges is forced to rise. During this ascent, the air cools and can contain less moisture. On the other side of the mountain range, that air must also descend, and then the opposite happens. The air has become drier and therefore heats up extra.

Especially places in the Guadalhorce Valley are affected by this. On the coast and in the lee of, for example, the Sierra de Mijas (above Benalmádena, Mijas) the effect is usually somewhat less. The temperatures shown on this page are from Málaga airport, which is located in the Guadalhorce valley. The airport gets the full brunt, so to speak, when this Terral wind is blowing.

And contrary to what many people think, the Terral has nothing to do with air coming from the Sahara. On the contrary, when the wind blows from the sea it is extra cool. A phenomenon that does come from the Sahara, when the wind blows from the south or southeast, is the Calima. Then sand particles are carried towards Andalusia. This leads to unusual, red-colored skies and can coat cars and houses. It is not for nothing that many houses are painted in sand color. Or, of course, in white to reflect as much sunlight as possible.

Questions and answers about the weather on the Costa del Sol

What is the warmest month in Costa del Sol?

The warmest month is August with an average temperature of 31 °C in the last few years.

What is the coldest month in Costa del Sol?

The coldest month is January with an average daytime temperature of 17 °C in the last few years.

In which month does it rain the most in Costa del Sol?

The probability of rain is highest in March. On about 5.6 % of the days it rains.

What is historically the driest month in Costa del Sol?

The least chance of rain is in July. The probability of rain falling on a day is 0.0 %.

Source: Metar-Taf.com