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Majorca weather summary

Majorca-Weather-1 Weather   Majorca weather is typical Mediterranean weather, having mild winters and warm and sunny summer seasons, a touch sweltering but abated by soothing sea breezes. The average Majorca temperature varys from 9.5°C (49°F) in January and February, to 31°C (88°F) in August.

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Rainfall in low lying areas is not abundant and equates to approximately 400 millimetres per year and follows a typical Mediterranean pattern. Rainfall is far more common in autumn and winter and decreases gradually during spring, reaching its’ lowest level in summer when it hardly ever rains.

Majorca can be pretty windy, especially from October to April, this is because of the wind that blows from the continent. In summer, you can expect ocean breezes to blow, but they disguise the heat and make it far more comfortable to move around. That said, it is very important to use adequate sunscreen because you can get sun burn without even knowing it.

Majorca Weather: 10-day Forecast

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Winter Weather in Majorca

From December to February, Majorca weather is pretty mild, with many sunny days but also with periods of rain and wind. During the night, when the sky is clear, it can get quite cold and the temperature can drop to near freezing point (0°C). On occasion, there can be cold and windy days with temperature highs around 10°C (50°F). These highs can be followed by light frosts with low temperatures hitting a few degrees below freezing. There are also times when it actually snows in Majorca, although this is a relatively rare occurrence.

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Summer Weather in Majorca

During June to mid-September, Majorca weather is typically a Mediterranean climate, i.e. very hot and sunny with infrequent thunder storms. Sometimes there can be heat waves, where temperature highs can easily reach 41°C (106°F) or indeed higher.
The amount of sunshine in Majorca isn’t brilliant during winter, when Atlantic or Mediterranean depressions can pass over the island. However, there definitely isn’t a shortage of sunny days, even during this period.

Off-season Majorca weather

Spring is certainly a sunny season, especially the second half of May. The sunniest period is undoubtedly from June to August, when sunny days are most certainly the norm. In September, we begin to see the start of the Atlantic depression disturbances, so in autumn season the sunshine is not always guaranteed. That said, the Majorca weather is still very pleasant, especially for those who wish to avoid the stifling heat during the peak summer period.

The ocean around Majorca is very pleasant and sufficiently warm for swimming during July to September. During June and October, the ocean is a lot cooler, but overall it is acceptable to most people. From November to May, the ocean is relatively chilly.

Majorca Weather: The Low-down

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As mentioned above, Majorca weather is typically Mediterranean with warm average temperatures and seasonal rain showers, the summer period being both hot and dry and perfect for fantastic holidays in the sun.

The annual rainfall in Majorca varies considerably across the island, from 300mm in the south to 1,500mm in the northern areas in and around the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. However, most of Majorca receives between 350mm and 750mm of rainfall over the year. Approximately 40% of the total annual rainfall falls in autumn, during September to November; Roughly 25% falls in spring, during March to May; About 25% falls in winter, during December to February; finally, during the summer season, June to August, Majorca sees around 10% of the annual precipitation.

Majorca’s rainfall is symbolised by its’ irregular pattern, varying considerably from one year to the next, even reaching drought conditions at times. Most of the rain that falls in Majorca is usually concentrated over a few days of rainfall, with fairly heavy rainfall during the autumn season and lighter rainfall throughout the remainder of the year.

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Excluding the high mountain areas, the average annual temperature is between 16°C (61°F) and 18°C (64°F), with a maximum summer average of 29 to 31°C (84 to 88°F) and a minimum average winter night-time temperature of 5 to 9°C (41 to 32°F), although temperatures of over 35°C (95°F) and below -2°C (28°F) are recorded almost every year, and temperatures occasionally reach 41°C (106°F) in summer and fall to -6°C (21°F) in winter.

Majorcas’ physical topography is formed by the ocean, which is pretty deep, relatively calm and considerably warm. Surface temperatures of the ocean can reach 26°C (79°F) during August and remain at 14°C (57°F) or above during winter. Majorca is the only destination on the planet where the temperature at the ocean bed fails to drop below 13°C (55°F). The ocean regulates the weather in Majorca and means that temperature variations over the seasons aren´t as stark as they are on continental land masses that are at the same latitude as Majorca.

Majorca´s ocean breeze is frequently referred to as the ‘Embat’. This wind originates locally as a result of the continuous daily heating of Majorcas’ land mass in relation to the normal ocean temperature. Basic physics shows us that, by convection. the heated air above the land rises and the cooler ocean air is drawn towards the island creating the ocean breeze. This invariably means that the daily temperatures during summer are not particularly severe in coastal areas, providing that no offshore winds blow against the Embat to reduce it’s effect.

When is the best time to visit to make the most of the Majorca weather?

The best time to visit Majorca for a chilled beach holiday is certainly during summer, i.e. from June to mid-September. For swimming in the sea, the best period is from July to September although in September the first instances of bad weather typically occur. June is truly a sunny month, but the ocean can still be a bit cool. In May, the ocean is relatively cold and also the ambient air temperature can be chilly, especially early on in the month.

April and May are suitable months to visit the island to explore its’ cities, inland towns and villages. Summer is by far the best season for hiking in the mountains, chilling on the beach or cycling around Majorca’s many cycle routes. Sometimes it can be too hot for hiking or cycling during July to mid-September so perhaps consider May, June or October for these activities. In October, the temperatures are mild, but the days are considerably shorter and the weather can be a bit rainy and windy. That said, it can still be a lovely time to visit if the October weather in Majorca is fine.

Majorca Weather: Annual Climate

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