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Climate - Majorca

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go

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Majorca, where it is
The climate of Majorca (or Mallorca), the largest of the Balearic Islands, is Mediterranean, with mild winters and warm and sunny summers, a bit sultry but tempered by breezes. The average temperature ranges from 48.5 °F in January and February, to 76.5 °F in August.
Here are the average temperatures in Palma, the main city.
Palma de Majorca average temperatures
Palma J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°F) 38 39 40 44 51 58 63 65 61 54 46 41
Max (°F) 59 60 63 67 74 81 87 88 82 74 66 61

Rainfall, at least in the plains, is not abundant, since it amounts to about 16 inches per year, and follows a Mediterranean pattern, so it's more common in autumn and winter, and decreases gradually during spring, reaching a minimum in summer, when it almost never rains.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Palma de Majorca
Palma J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (in) 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.3 1.1 0.6 0.3 0.6 1.9 2.7 1.9 1.8 16.0
Days 5 5 5 5 4 2 1 2 4 6 6 6 51

Majorca is windy enough, especially from October to April, because of the wind that blows from France. In summer, sea breezes blow, but they are welcome because they make the heat more bearable.

Sierra de Tramontana and the sea

In the northern part, the island is covered by a mountain range, called Sierra de Tramontana, whose highest peak is Puig Major, 4,741 feet high. In these mountains, which overlook the sea, the weather is colder because of altitude, and in winter snow can fall; in addition the climate is rainier, in fact precipitation reaches 47 inches per year (and forests are found), and also more windy (here the north wind is felt more).

South of Mallorca we find the small archipelago of Cabrera, made up of small islands and islets, protected in the national maritime-terrestrial park of the same name.

Winter, from December to February, is mild, with many sunny days, but also with periods of rain and wind. During the night, when the sky is clear, it's quite cold, and the temperature approaches the freezing point. Sometimes there can be cold and windy days, with highs below 50 °F, which can be followed by light frosts, with lows a few degrees below freezing.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is typically Mediterranean, that is, hot and sunny, with rare thundershowers. Sometimes there can be heat waves, with highs about 95/100 °F.

The amount of sunshine in Majorca is not very good in winter, when Atlantic or Mediterranean depressions can pass, however, there's no shortage of sunny days even in this period. Spring is a sunny season, especially in May; the sunniest period is from June to August, when sunny days are the norm. In September we start to see the first Atlantic disturbances, so in autumn the sun is not always guaranteed.

Cathedral, sea in the background

The sea in Majorca is warm enough for swimming from July to September; in June and October it's cool, but overall acceptable.
Here are the average sea temperatures.
Sea temperature Majorca
Majorca J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°F) 57 57 57 59 63 70 75 79 75 72 64 61

When to go

The best time to visit Majorca for beach life is the summer, from June to mid-September. For swimming, the best period goes from July to September, although in September, which overall is still a good month (especially in the first half), the first periods of bad weather may occur. June is a sunny month, but the sea is still a bit cool; in May the sea is cold, and sometimes even the air can be a bit cold, especially in the first half of the month.

April and May are suitable to visit the island and its cities; summer is the best season for hiking in the mountains, while sometimes it can be too hot for hiking and visiting the cities of the plain. In October, the temperatures are mild, but the days are shorter and the weather can be rainy and windy.

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