Weather in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Winter & Spring

The yearly weather in Malaga on the Costa del Sol is the best of southern Spain. Most areas during winter tend to get much colder than here. The summers are nice and hot without the extreme heat of some parts of Spain.

Weather in Malaga, Costa del Sol

Malaga is both the capital city and one of the 8 provinces of Andalucia. These provinces make up the whole of southern Spain. Every top tourist town on the Costa del Sol is part of the province of Malaga, the climate for most is very similar. One of the main differences is that Malaga is a shade warmer in winter.

Below is information about the weather in Malaga during winter and spring.

Weather in Malaga Highlights

July and August are the hottest months in Malaga with an average temperature of 25 Celsius.

January is the coldest month when the temperature falls to 13 Celsius.

November and December are by far the wettest months in Malaga. These months receive over double the rainfall of the spring and summer months.

The sea temperature is at it’s lowest level of 16 Celsius between January until March.

August is when the sea reaches it’s highest yearly level of 24 Celsius.

December and January see the fewest amount of sunshine hours with only 5 hours per day. July sees the year high of 11 hours of daily sunshine.

Weather in Malaga in December, January & February

These are the winter months when the temperature is at it’s coldest in Malaga. December, like many places on the mainland are mild well into the new year.

December

December in Malaga sees the daytime temperature falling to 14 Celsius. This is the first of the winter months when the temperature takes a sharp drop from that of November. The daily high now is 17 Celsius with a low of 11 Celsius.

December is also one of the wettest months which sees about the same amount of rainfall as November. It usually rains for 7 – 8 days during this month with some heavy rainfall arriving.

The temperature of the sea also drops to 17 Celsius with the hours of sunshine falling to 5 hours per day.

December Temperatures

Average Temp
14°C

Daily High
17°C

Daily Low
11°C

Sea Temp
17°C

Sun Hours
5

Rainy Days
7 – 8

January

January is the coldest month of the year in Malaga which sees the daytime temperature fall to 13 Celsius. Most of the mainland will now be at it’s lowest yearly levels. This month has a high of 16 Celsius and a low of 10 Celsius.

January sees a big reduction in rain from the previous two months which are the wettest. It usually rains for 5 – 6 days but the precipitation levels are much lower than December.

The temperature of the sea now falls to 16 Celsius which is the lowest yearly level. Sunshine is still at a premium with 5 hours on average per day.

January Temperatures

Average Temp
13°C

Daily High
16°C

Daily Low
10°C

Sea Temp
16°C

Sun Hours
5

Rainy Days
5 – 6

February

February is the last of the winter months which sees a small increase in temperature. The average daily temperature is now 14 Celsius with a high of 17 Celsius. February also sees the daytime low temperature increase to 11 Celsius.

This month also yields a small reduction in the amount of rainfall. It tends to rain for 5 days each month with low precipitation levels. Much of the yearly rainfall arrives in November and December here.

The temperature of the sea remains at it’s year low level of 16 Celsius. Hours of sun increase to 7 hours per day as spring approaches.

February Temperatures

Average Temp
14°C

Daily High
17°C

Daily Low
11°C

Sea Temp
16°C

Sun Hours
7

Rainy Days
5 – 6

Weather in Malaga in March, April & May

The weather in Malaga improves during spring as the temperatures begin to increase each month. There is also a monthly decrease in the amount of rainfall leading up to summer.

March

March sees another increase in temperature to 15 Celsius on average. This will be the case for each month now until the height of summer. The daily high temperature is 19 Celsius with a low of 12 Celsius. Spring arrives on the 20th of this month and winter comes to an end.

March also sees another small decrease in the amount of rainfall and rainy days. Usually it rains for 4 days during this month with lower precipitation levels.

The temperature of the sea again remains at the yearly low of 16 Celsius. April will see this increase a touch. The hours of sunshine go up to 8 hours now as the days get longer.

March Temperatures

Average Temp
15°C

Daily High
19°C

Daily Low
12°C

Sea Temp
16°C

Sun Hours
8

Rainy Days
4

April

April is another month which yields an increase in the outdoor temperature. The daily temperature now improves to 16 Celsius with a high of 19 Celsius. The low during this month also increase to 13 Celsius on average.

As with March, there is a small decrease in the amount of precipitation. It tends to rain for around 4 days but less than previous months.

The sea temperature finally increases after the three coldest months of the year. 17 Celsius is still on the chilly side but few will be swimming at this time of year. The daily hours of sunshine one can expect now increases to 9 hours.

April Temperatures

Average Temp
16°C

Daily High
19°C

Daily Low
13°C

Sea Temp
17°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
4

May

May sees the first significant increase in temperature of the year. The average daytime temperature rises sharply to 19 Celsius. The daily high rises to 22 Celsius while the low increases to 16 Celsius.

May also sees quite a reduction in rainfall as rainy days become more scarce. It’s unlikely to rain for more than three days during this month.

The temperature of the sea again improves to 18 Celsius. This is not bad for swimming so expect the beaches to fill up towards the end of the month. You can check here for the current sea temperature and that of other months. The hours of daily sunshine also increase again to 9 hours per day.

May Temperatures

Average Temp
19°C

Daily High
22°C

Daily Low
16°C

Sea Temp
18°C

Sun Hours
9

Rainy Days
3