Madrid, where it is

Madrid, the capital of Spain, has a temperate climate, with some continental features, since it is located at the center of the Meseta, ie the Iberian plateau, at about 650 meters (2,100 ft) above sea level. So, winters are cool or moderately cold, while summers are hot and sunny.
Here are the average temperatures.
Madrid - Average temperatures
Min (°C)13461014181714953
Max (°C)101216182228323227201411
Min (°F)343739435057646357484137
Max (°F)505461647282909081685752

Precipitation is not abundant, since it amounts to 455 millimeters (18 inches) per year, in fact the landscape of the plateau is semi-arid, especially during the summer months. The rains, however, are quite frequent from October to April. In May and more rarely in summer, some thunderstorms can break out in the afternoon, but generally from June to August it almost never rains.
Here is the average precipitation.
Madrid - Average precipitation

Winter, from December to February, is relatively mild: the average temperature in January is 5.5 °C (42 °F). The rains, brought by Atlantic depressions, are quite frequent, but generally not abundant. Days can be mild, especially when the Azores anticyclone settles on the Iberian Peninsula, bringing periods of good weather even in winter, with highs around 13/15 °C (55/59 °F), but nights remain typically cold, with minimum temperatures near freezing (0 °C or 32 °F). Sometimes, at night and in the early morning, especially in December and January, fog can form.
Every now and then, cold waves can occur, with snowfalls and frosts. Here are the lowest temperatures reached in the last decades at the airport of Cuatro Vientos: January 1985: -8 °C (18 °F); February 1986: -8 °C (18 °F); February 2012: -7 °C (19 °F).

Summer, from June to August, is hot and sunny; the mean temperature in July is 25 °C (77 °F). The heat is often scorching during the day, in fact the temperature can easily reach 35/36 °C (95/97 °F), with peaks of 40 °C (104 °F), however, the air is dry, so the heat is more bearable. In addition, at night the temperature remains fairly cool, hovering typically from 15 °C to 20 °C (59 to 68 °F).

Spring and autumn are mild and variable, with sunny periods alternating with Atlantic disturbances, which bring clouds and rain.


The amount of sunshine in Madrid is great in summer, when clear skies prevail: in July there are on average 12 hours of sunshine per day. Sunny days are possible throughout the year: after all even from November to January there are no less than 4/5 hours of sunshine per day.
Madrid - Sunshine

Best Time

The best periods to visit Madrid are spring and autumn, especially in May, June and September. In June, however, it can already be hot. In April, it can be a bit cold, especially in the first half of the month, and at night also in the second half of the month, when the days are generally pleasant.
September, too, is a good month, but at the beginning it can still be hot, while during the month the first rains can occur. In October, the air is often mild, but the days are getting shorter, the rains are more frequent and it can be a bit cold at night.
Those who can stand the heat can choose July and August, but must be prepared to stroll around the city in hot weather.
The temperature range between day and night is often high, so it is useful to dress in layers and to bring something warm for the evening: you may want a sweatshirt for the coolest hours also in midsummer.