Climate of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula and is right on the Mediterranean Sea. Gibraltar has a Mediterranean climate, with dry, warm summers and mild, wetter winters. Frost and snow do not occur on Gibraltar.
Gibraltar is blessed with a fairly high number of hours of sunshine. The amount of precipitation is somewhat higher than on the more eastern Costa del Sol. This has to do with its location on the Strait of Gibraltar, where more precipitation falls than the area to the east of this.
The summer months are almost guaranteed to be sunny and warm. In the period July/August it can feel humid and stuffy, outside those months it is usually not that bad in terms of stuffiness. Temperatures usually stay just below 30 degrees, although spikes to the top and heat waves are very possible. If there is little or no wind from the sea, it can feel dirty warm. Relative humidity plays a fairly important role in this. In summer the wind almost always blows from the east or from the west. Wind from the south or north is only noticeable a few days a month.
There is quite a bit of precipitation from October to April. The average quantities can be compared with the Netherlands. You can be lucky that it stays with a few showers, but you can also be unlucky that it is downright rainy for one or more days. It is striking that the winter period is wetter and somewhat gloomy, but that even then the chance of clear skies is still around fifty percent. In July, that chance is higher than 90%.
The figures below are based on long-term average climate statistics. The temperatures are displayed in degrees Celsius (°C).
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Best time to visit Gibraltar
Do you want to know when is the best time to travel to Gibraltar? You can determine the best time to travel to a destination based on the weather and climate. In addition, there are other factors that are not directly related to the weather and that can influence the best travel periods for a travel destination. Think, for example, of holidays or festive periods, which makes traveling more interesting or not, because daily life comes to a standstill as a result. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory enclosed by Spain. Its location on the Iberian Peninsula ensures that the pleasant Mediterranean climate applies here. This ensures mild but relatively wet winters and rather warm summers that can be called dry and very sunny. Due to its location on the Strait of Gibraltar on the one hand and the huge rock on the north side, both extreme heat in summer and cold in winter cannot get a hold of this small British area.
Best months for Gibraltar
For an overall visit to Gibraltar, early May to late September is the best time to travel. The temperature is pleasant, the sun shows up a lot and it rains a few days a month at most, with the exception of July and August, which are practically dry. The winter period is mild (daytime 10 to 14 degrees Celsius), but wet. There is about twice as much rainfall in winter than in the Netherlands.
If you want to travel to Gibraltar for a sun holiday, you should preferably do so between June and mid-September. The maximum temperatures are then on average between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius, it is dry almost every day and the sun shows itself on average for ten to eleven hours a day. The seawater is still a bit on the fresh side in June at twenty degrees. In July, August and September, the water with temperatures of 22-23 degrees Celsius is just a little nicer for swimming.
The Gibraltar area is quite popular among hikers. Walking the Rock of Gibraltar in particular is a popular activity. Because it can be quite warm during the day, we would avoid the months of July and August for walking. It is better to do this in May, June, September or October. Be prepared for the chance of a weather change, especially in May and October.