Best time to visit Malaga

The best time to visit Malaga for a beach holiday is during summer, from June to mid-September.

For walking and hiking, the best time is spring, during April and May, so avoiding the summer heat; and the beginning of autumn, from mid-September to mid-October, although you may experience some rainfall.

Malaga weather

Malaga has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters.

Winter, from December to February, is generally mild and sunny, with occasional wind and rain.

Spring, from March to May, is mild and sunny, with infrequent rain. By May, you can expect hot weather with highs around 30°C (86°F).

Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny, with temperatures averaging 28°C (82°F) in June and September, rising to 31°C (88°F) in July and August, with the heat tempered by cooling sea breezes.

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is initially warm, becoming cooler, overcast and wet.

What is the best month to visit Malaga?
July and August are the best months to visit Malaga – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

However, the months of April through October are all good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Malaga?
The hottest month of the year in Malaga is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 31°C (87°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 21°C (69°F)

On the warmest days of the month, the temperature usually reaches a high of 39°C (102°°F).

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 28°C (82°F).

Which is the coldest month in Malaga?
The coldest month of the year in Malaga is January, with an average high of 17°C (62°F) and a low of 7°C (44°F).

The cool winter season lasts from mid-November to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 19°C (66°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Malaga?
The sunniest time of year in Malaga is usually July with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 79% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Malaga?
Malaga experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 57% – 73% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from July through September, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 6% of the time.

The month with the most muggy days in Malaga is August, with around 14 days that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

November through May is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Malaga?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Malaga in August when the water temperature reaches 23°C (73°F), which is just warm enough for swimming.

The Alboran Sea is never warm to swim in, given the inflow of water from the Atlantic Ocean: August is the only month when it becomes acceptable for swimming.

Which month has the most rain in Malaga?
December is usually the wettest month in Malaga with 100mm (4in) of rainfall on average. There are normally seven days in December with some rain.

The rainy period of the year lasts from October to mid-May, with a greater than 11% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from mid-May through September, with little or no rainfall from early-June through to mid-August. July has the least rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Malaga?
The windiest month of the year in Malaga is February, with an average hourly wind speed of more than 16 kilometres per hour (8 knots; 10 mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from November to early-May, with average wind speeds of more than 14 kilometres per hour (7 knots; 9 mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-May to late-October. The calmest month of the year in Malaga is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (6 knots; 8 mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Malaga.

Malaga Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
17 18 19 22 25 28 31 31 28 24 20 18
Average low temperature (°C)
7 8 9 11 14 18 20 21 19 15 11 9
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 6 7 8 9 11 11 10 8 7 5 5
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderate heat icon High heat icon High heat icon Moderate heat icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
70 68 68 64 61 57 59 60 64 71 71 73
UV Index (max)
2 4 5 7 8 10 10 9 7 5 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 5 4 5 3 1 0 1 2 4 6 7
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
70 60 50 45 20 5 0 5 20 55 100 100
Average wind speed (km/h)
16 16 15 15 13 12 12 11 12 13 15 16
Average sea temperature (°C)
16 15 15 16 17 20 22 23 22 20 18 16
Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Holiday seasons

Peak season: August is the major vacation month for most Europeans, with many hotels booked out and traffic, restaurants and beaches at their most congested.

High season: June and July. Not quite as bad as August for crowds.

Low season: Winter, spring and autumn when prices are competitive with minimal foreign visitors or Spanish tourists.

Source: Meteorological data for Malaga is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) – Spain's meteorological agency – from the nearest weather station: Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), located 8km (5mi) southwest of Málaga.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Malaga: 11 May, 2024

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