There’s nothing worse than going on holiday in which it’s so rainy and stormy that you end up playing board games in your hotel room all week. Although Gibraltar Hotels are some of the most accommodating and comfy out there, it’s still good to get out once in a while.
Before you book the dates of your trip, whether through some great value package deals to Gibraltar or through your own independent bookings, make sure you’ve got to grips with what to expect weather wise. This will inform what you pack, whether it is beach wear or a rain coat!
Winds in Gibraltar
In Gibraltar there are two prevailing winds which will affect the weather on a daily basis. The eastern wind is known as the Levante comes from the Sahara desert. This is the reason for the warmer temperature of the seas in the Gibraltar area whilst the often humid weather is due to this as well. This is juxtaposed by the Pontiente, which brings colder weather. This hits Gibraltar from the colder regions of the West, mostly from Europe. This leaves Gibraltar with a varied weather scale; much like Spain you can expect rainy winters and dry summers.
Summers in Gibraltar are rather warm, managing to hit highs in August of 27 degrees and in June of 23. The summer is also rather dry, with rainfall at an average of 1cm over the month of June. On top of this, you can expect hot and humid night times, with Gibraltar nights reaching an average of 15 degrees.
Autumn months are fairly mild in Gibraltar’s autumn. With September reaching highs of 26 degrees, the drop only reaches around 16 degrees for the months of October and November. On top of this, you’re looking at a low rainfall of merely 7cm in October, meaning you can still enjoy those outdoor tables at the restaurants in Gibraltar without too much fear of getting wet.
With high rainfalls in this month of around 12 cm in December, you won’t be surprised to find that this is often the downtime in regards to tourism in Gibraltar. That being said, there’s still only morning low temperatures in the Gibraltar winter of 10 degrees. When you compare this to the UK or any other European country, this is still a respectable getaway from the biting cold.
With a low average of 10cm of rainfall in the Gibraltar Spring time, you can expect temperatures to vary between 17 and 21 degrees. This is a good time to visit for those who are less akin to the warmer summer temperatures, allowing a season of pleasant yet cool temperatures. This means that the weather won’t affect your exploration of the beautiful environment, making spring a great season for hiking and outdoors holidays.
Geography of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is mostly made up of flat land, save for the rock of Gibraltar which towers above the rest of the territory. There are two mountain ranges on either side of Gibraltar, the Sierra Nevada and Atlas Mountains to the North and the South. This is why the winds mentioned before usually come from the West and the East.