Spain climate map
Map of Spain climate. Spain climate map (Southern Europe - Europe) to print. Spain climate map (Southern Europe - Europe) to download. In Spain there are, broadly speaking, five types of climate as its shown in Spain climate map: the climate of the Atlantic coast, cool, humid and rainy; the climate of the central plateau, quite arid and moderately continental, with relatively cold winters and hot summers (see Madrid); the Mediterranean climate of the southern and eastern coastal regions (see Barcelona, Balearic Islands, Valencia, Málaga), mild and sunny; the mountainous climate of the Pyrenees and the Sierras, more or less cold depending on altitude; finally, the almost African climate of Andalusia, mild in winter and very hot in summer. Therefore, Spain is not always warm and sunny as you might think. However, if you exclude the north-facing coast, in much of Spain the summer is hot, dry and sunny.
The locally generated tempered continental climate covers the majority of peninsular Spain, influencing the Meseta Central, the adjoining mountains to the east and the south, and the Ebro Basin as its mentioned in Spain climate map. A continental climate is characterized by wide diurnal and seasonal variations in temperature and by low, irregular rainfall with high rates of evaporation that leave the land arid. An oceanic climate prevails in the northern part of the country, often called "Green Spain", from the Pyrenees to the northwest region, characterized by relatively mild winters, warm but not hot summers, and generally abundant rainfall at 1,000 mm (39.4 in) spread out over the year, with the driest month above 30 mm (1.2 in).
The Mediterranean climate region roughly extends from the Andalusian Plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees, on the seaward side of the mountain ranges that parallel the coast. Total rainfall in this region is concentrated mostly in late autumn-winter and spring periods as you can in Spain climate map. The rain pattern is often irregular which make drought periods likely. Besides the above three major types, there are important exceptions, as follows: A Semiarid climate in the Southeasternmost part of Spain (covering most of Alicante, Murcia and Almería provinces). The highest section of the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada qualify as Alpine climate. The Canary Islands are a Subtropical climate in terms of temperature, being these mild and stable (18 °C/64.4 °F to 24 °C/75.2 °F) throughout the year.