Statistics can give a general indication but don’t show detailed variation. Indeed, one of the things that differentiate the winters (or any of the other seasons, for that matter) from northern European weather is that there is less variation. Although we can have severe rainy periods at this time of year, most of the days in between are remarkably steady. This is due to the high pressure systems that keep storms away from us, in the main.
December is generally a sunny month and this winter it has been exceptionally so, with hardly any cloudy days and afternoon temperatures often well into the 20 degrees Celcius – so typical of a lovely June afternoon in England.
Another very important factor around the shortest day in late December is that unlike English afternoons, when darkness descends by 4pm, here in southern Spain it doesn’t go dark until around 6.30pm – a wonderful bonus!
January, and especially February can seem a little harsh sometimes, especially when we know of the prolonged hot, dry weather to come later in the year. But it is all relative. Yes, we can get stormy weather during the first two months of the year and occasionally if we have two or three dark and windy days together, we begin to doubt the sun will return. Never fear. Very soon the sunshine does come back and we can usually count on temperatures around 18C each afternoon.
Frost is virtually unknown with the very lowest overnight temperatures around 3C, though normally it does not fall below 7 or 8C. After rainy days at this time of year, we may see a dusting of snow on the top of nearby Monte Maroma, but that is at a height of 2069 metres.
It has to be said, though, that a few times each winter there will be very strong winds often coming down from the north, swirling over the mountain peaks and these can be unpleasant indeed.
All in all though, winters here, east of Málaga, are comparable to good spring weather in northern Europe and, as we are situated about 18 degrees of latitude further south of much of northern Europe, the sun is that same degree of angle higher in the sky, meaning that there is genuine warmth in its rays.
Life continues outdoors during the majority of winter days, and long, cold, rainy periods are virtually unknown.
Whilst you´re here, why not have a look at:
East of Málaga: The Weather in Summer
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Thanks Monika, glad you like them 🙂
Thanks so much for the info – helps to plan a trip to your side of the world soon!
That’s excellent to hear! If I can help you out with anything, please let me know 🙂
Interesting details of your climate but I was interested in that prickly pear cactus, it was brought to Australia by some of the pioneers to make a hedge around their homesteads to keep out predators and Aboriginals. Well it liked it here so much that it went viral and became a major weed taking over huge areas of pasture land, every little bit that broke off and fell to the ground rooted and survived. Lack of man power to eradicate it, like many things brought over here i.e. rabbits, foxes, cane toads it was decimating native plants and wild life. Finally an insect was discovered that could control it.http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/documents/Biosecurity_EnvironmentalPests/IPA-Prickly-Pear-Control-PP29.pdf
This link makes interesting reading
That’s fascinating – thanks for the link.
It’s amazing how they spread.
Are they a problem in your area?
Not a problem – but still quite common to see “waterfalls” of them spilling down the hillsides.
That would look spectacular but very prickly…
Didn’t realise the weather was so tame!!
Neither did I Lisa … unlike your hectic weather you have in winter.
Mind you, summer here has been extra hot with humidity in Pretoria… almost like Durban most days.
Can’t help but be a tad envious Marianne as the wind and rain lashes at the windows!
Why do you think we moved here from the UK? 😀
That sounds perfect as I look out at the snow here!
AAwwwww – wrap up well, Meg.
That sounds perfect… I love those kinds of temperatures… if it could be about 20-25C all year round, I’d be a happy camper!
It’s a great climate 🙂
It’s rainy and cold in Victoria from late October until March or April. We’re deep in the dreariest time here. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of blue sky and a breath of warm afternoon air…
You’re welcome, Sally – maybe we should make that meeting of bloggers here, in our wintertime!
It is, Sue Ann 🙂
I SO didn’t want to know that! I’m not even sure why I clicked on the post. I’ll go and read Photos I love- sure I’ll enjoy that MUCH more (smile)
AAwwww, but Portugal is so similar 🙂
Beautiful photos, Marianne. I think I know where i’d like to spend winter now 😉
Come on over, Dianne 🙂
It’s a great winter destination, too 🙂
A bright, shiny winter! The photos are wonderful especially the snowy backdrop to the cactus. I wonder if it is what we call Prickly Pear?
Yes, I think so, EllaDee 🙂
Beautiful photos of Málaga. Love warm winter. 🙂
Such a wonderful climate in which to make your home, Marianne. Keep writing posts like this one and soon you’ll be flooded with people abandoning the North for a spot in your beautiful area. 🙂
It IS a great climate, John. Of course, that’s why we moved here from the UK. 🙂
We are blessed with such mild weather…well you get milder than us, I think but spring is virtually here.We nearly always get a cold snap in April for a week /10 days but normally March(Fiestas!!) is lovely
We are so lucky, aren’t we Paddy?
Lovely photos, Marianne. Winter sounds wonderful there. 🙂
It’s a lovely time, Sylvia 🙂
Will you pick me up at the airport? I need to escape the Dutch winter brrr. 😉
Lovely and warm post, enjoy the soft weather. And the photos are beautiful!
Sure I will 🙂
Wonderful winter photo… 🙂 😉
Thanks – not as cold as where you are though!
Beautiful skies – it that La Maroma with snow on top? Oh I am missing it right now!
It sure is, Tanya 🙂