Marbella Weather and brief history

Marbella Weather and brief history

General Climate and Weather in Marbella

The Sierra Blanca rises to over 1200 metres to the northwest of Marbella with a further mountain range, Sierra Bermeja, rising to over 1400 metres, behind that. The net effect is shelter from the northwest, and from the land breezes from that direction that are then mostly diverted down the Rio Verde and Rio Guadalmina valleys to the west, and the Rio Fuengirola valley to the east. These winds often bring the extremes of humidity and temperature to the Costa del Sol, especially during the summer months, and these are elements that the residents of Marbella are pleased to avoid. 


Weather in Marbella in January


 Average Maximum 16C/61F Average Minimum 8C/46F Days with rain falling  7 

There is usually  plenty of sunshine during January and the rain, when it arrives, normally lasts, on and off, for 2 or 3 days before the sun returns for a week or more. Temperatures, although not especially high, do feel pleasant enough in the afternoon sunshine, On 2 or 3 days in the month, the temperature rises close to 20 Celsius (68F), but on the cloudy and wet days maxima may be no higher than 10 Celsius (50F). The evenings will almost always feel chilly, and on rare occasions, the larger gardens on the outskirts of the town may have a frost on the grass for an hour or two around dawn.

Weather in Marbella in February


 Average Maximum 17C/63F Average Minimum 8C/46F Days with rain falling  6

This month can be described as early Spring,  with flowers blooming and, by the middle of  February, the famous Andalusian almond  blossom begins to appear. Temperature levels are not dissimilar to those of January, and the evenings and nights remain cool. However, as the heat from the sun increases, the afternoon stroll down towards the Orange Square becomes more comfortably warm. Rain, as in January, usually comes in a spell that lasts for 2 or 3 days at a time before clear blue skies follow. It may turn breezy for a while after a wet spell, but strong winds are seldom an inconvenience.

Weather in Marbella in March

 Average Maximum 19C/66F Average Minimum 10C/50F Days with rain falling  5

Some delightful days occur in March but the early risers usually enjoy the best of the weather. A typical March day will start cool and sunny with a gentle wind blowing down from the Sierra Blanca. Temperatures will rise rapidly and by noon values will be around 19 Celsius. A few clouds may form, then quite suddenly the wind will shift right round and blow in from the sea. The sea is as cold as at any time of year in March, so once the sea breeze has become established during the afternoon the promenade is best avoided. As for rain falling,  perhaps a short-lived fall once or twice a week.

Weather in Marbella in April

 Average Maximum 21C/70F Average Minimum 12C/54F Days with rain falling  5 

Only the foolhardy or truly seasoned bather would venture into the sea off  Marbella during April. A morning of sunshine and temperatures touching 21 Celsius tempt many people to the beach, but around midday the inevitable sea breeze arrives and temperatures fall to a less than comfortable 17 Celsius. In most Aprils there are 1 or 2 days when the breeze does not blow from the sea and in the absence of the sea breeze the temperature can rise to 25 Celsius, or more. Once or twice during the month a short unsettled spell will probably occur, and an occasional day may be marred by rain.

Weather in Marbella in May

 Average Maximum 23C/73F Average Minimum 14C/57F Days with rain falling  3 

This is arguably one of the best months to visit Marbella if yachting or bathing in the hotel swimming pool is a priority. The mornings are usually sunny and warm. Around midday, just as it begins to become uncomfortably warm, the sea breeze sets in and the afternoons are normally sunny and pleasantly warm. Of course, it is very easy to get sunburnt during May, especially as the cooling sea breeze gives a false sense of immunity to burning. On 1 or 2 occasions during the month, the temperature can exceed 30 Celsius (86F), but in most  Mays there are 1 or 2 short-lived unsettled spells.

Weather in Marbella in June

 Average Maximum 27C/81F Average Minimum 17C/63F Days with rain falling  1 

The sun beats down relentlessly from a clear blue sky. Not  completely true, but  certainly a close approximation to the weather in June.  The sun appears hazier as the air trapped under the sea-breeze  inversion becomes more polluted, but clouds are rare. Occasionally, say once or twice a month,  a band of cloud may spoil the sunshine and this could produce an hour or two of rain. High-level thunderstorms, moving north from Morocco, may produce a few spots of dust-laden rain,  otherwise sunshine, and just the odd unpleasant day when the temperature rises close to 38 Celsius (100F).

Weather in Marbella in July

 Average Maximum 28C/82F Average Minimum 20C/68F Days with rain falling  <1 

Rain is so rare in July it is not worth a mention. Bands of high cloud occasionally prevent a day of full sunshine but the normal July pattern of weather is this. After a warm and fairly humid night,  there is a dip in temperature to 19 or 20 Celsius around dawn. The morning then warms up rapidly, reaching around 29 Celsius between midday and 1 pm. The light wind on the beach then quite quickly becomes a steady breeze off the sea. With sea temperatures generally around 23 Celsius in July, the afternoon breeze is very refreshing. Occasionally the sea breeze fails and it becomes very hot.

Weather in Marbella in August

 Average Maximum 28C/82F Average Minimum 21C/70F Days with rain falling  <1 

During this month it becomes increasingly unpleasant for those without air-conditioning. Although temperature levels are similar to those of July,  the humidity is higher, the pollution levels are greater and the sea breeze is usually lighter and less refreshing. Nevertheless, the sea is pleasantly warm, and the weather is normally reliably sunny. On rare occasions, most likely late in the month,  a thunderstorm may occur, and on 1 or 2 days the failure of the sea breeze may result in temperatures near 38 Celsius (100F) by day, and not falling much below 28 Celsius (82F) by late evening.

Weather in Marbella in September

 Average Maximum 28C/82F Average Minimum 19C/66F Days with rain falling  2 

September in Marbella is a summer month. The first week or two can be very hot and humid, and nights with temperatures remaining above 23 Celsius (73F) are not uncommon. Pollution levels often appear high,  and the chance of relief from refreshing rain is almost nil. Occasionally, an upwelling of cold water can occur with cold sea fog lapping the beaches. This can happen at any time during the summer months but thankfully it is rare and only lasts a day or two. The phenomenon of upwelling is poorly understood at present, and unlike the less unusual Spring sea mist, is unpredictable.

Weather in Marbella in October

 Average Maximum 23C/73F Average Minimum 16C/61F Days with rain falling  4 

October weather in Marbella is fickle at the very least. The figures say that it is the wettest month of the year with over 100 mm (4 inches) of rain,  but they don’t say that the rain falls in severe thunderstorms with curtains of water that often last for less than 2 hours. The sea remains very warm, partly the reason for those storms, but the adjacent land also stays pleasantly warm and without the intense heat from the sun.  On balance, this month is probably the 2nd best, behind May, to visit this part of Spain, and by the end of the month  nights are becoming comfortably cool again.

Weather in Marbella in November

 Average Maximum 19C/66F Average Minimum 11C/52F Days with rain falling  6 

The nights have lengthened in Marbella at this time of year, but are not as long as they are in northern Europe. Of all the months, November probably offers the best contrast between the grey and cold of northern latitudes and the sun, and relative warmth, of the Costa del Sol. Early in the month, temperatures regularly reach 20 Celsius, or more, and to have 2 consecutive cloudy days is rare. The weather is thundery at times, and rain can sometimes be very heavy, but pollution levels are low and, in most years,  the sea is warm enough to bathe in, at least early in the month.

Weather in Marbella in December

 Average Maximum 17C/63F Average Minimum 9C/48F Days with rain falling  6 

There can be some dire days in December anywhere in Europe, and even Marbella can have 3 or 4 days of windy, wet and relatively cold weather with temperatures struggling to reach 12 Celsius. However, this is the exception and, although not warm, there is sufficient sunshine to cheer a visitor from the north. The evenings and nights are normally quite cold, and in  sunnier Decembers a frost may occur on the grass in larger gardens away from the coast. Occasionally the temperature may approach 20 Celsius (68F), but  the lower humidity adds chill to the air when evening arrives.