Mild, windy and sometimes wet
The average maximum temperature during February 2017 in Malaga was 17.9 Celsius (64F), and that was 0.9 Celsius (1.5F) above normal for the time of year. The average minimum temperature was 10.9 Celsius (52F), and that was 1.2 Celsius (2F) above the normal February.
The highest temperature recorded during the month was only 21.7 Celsius (71F) on the 7th. During the last 7 years, each February has produced higher temperatures. However, there were a further 5 days when the temperature exceeded 20 Celsius (68F), including 2 when the temperature rose above 21 Celsius (70F). On the 4th a high of 21.3 Celsius (70F) occurred, and on the 24th the maximum was 21.1 Celsius (70F), although this was the only occasion when the temperature climbed above 20 Celsius (68F) after the 8th. On most days (18) highest temperatures were between 16 and 19 Celsius (61-66F), but there were 3 days when the temperature failed to reach 16 Celsius (61F). Only 1 of these cooler days had a maximum temperature below 15 Celsius (59F) and that was on the 10th when a high of 13.9 Celsius (57F) was recorded.
There were no particularly mild nights during February, although there were 4 nights when the temperature stayed above 13 Celsius (55F). The only 0ne of these milder nights to occur after mid month was, in fact, the mildest night of the month. On the 25th the temperature fell no lower than 14.1 Celsius (57F). There were a few chilly nights during February, an on 8 occasions minima below 10 Celsius (50F) were recorded. Even so, just 2 of these cooler nights had lows under 8 Celsius (46F). On the first night of the month the temperature fell to 7.2 Celsius (45F), but on the 9th a minimum of 6.4 Celsius (43F) occurred.
The sea temperature varied little throughout the month with daily values between 14 and 15 Celsius (57-59F).
Rain in Malaga
There were 93.2 millimetres (3.7 ins.) of rain during February, and that was nearly 60% above average. However, it was only the wettest February for 4 years. There were 8 days with measurable rain and that was normal for the month. Occasional light rain on the 2nd gave o.5 millimetres (0.02 ins.) and a similar amount was measured on the 5th after early morning rain. The 10th was a particularly miserable day with the temperature hovering around 10 Celsius (50F) for much of the time, and with showery bursts of rain that totalled 25.4 millimetres (1 inch). The weather stayed unsettled for a further 3 days and each of these days received measurable rain. The total was over 19 millimetres (0.8 ins.) with the 12th the wettest of the 3 with 10.7 millimetres (0.4 ins.) recorded. After 5 dry days, it became very wet in the early hours of the 19th with the heavy overnight rain followed by lighter rain through the morning. The total for the day was 36.8 millimetres (1.4 ins.) with much of the rain falling in just an hour around dawn. The last rain of the month came from showers, some of which were heavy, on the 23rd. They accumulated 10.4 millimetres (0.4 ins.) of rain.
There were reports of hail, with some of the stones quite large, in and around Malaga early on the 19th.
There were 2 days of thunder observed in west Malaga during February. The first series of storms occurred overnight on the 19th with some spectacular lightning at times. The worst of the storms occurred around dawn, and was accompanied by torrential rain which produced flash flooding across Malaga as well as landslips. Thunder also occurred during the showers on the 23rd, with rumbles heard mid and late morning, and also around mid afternoon.
The wind pattern through February followed a typical winter pattern on many days with northwesterly land breezes dominant, and with only the briefest of afternoon sea breezes. However, there were several days when northwesterly winds persisted throughout the day and were quite strong and blustery. Also, there were 2 out breaks of Levanter winds, the strong and damaging east to southeasterly winds, often accompanied by erosion-causing waves. The wind gusted above 20 knots (23 mph) on 10 days, and this included 1 day when gusts exceeded 30 knots (34 mph). The 19th was the windiest day, with the early morning thunderstorms coinciding with a gust of 36 knots (41 mph).
There was no fog observed in west Malaga during February.
Statistics for February 2017
|Reporting Station||Highest Temp||Lowest Temp||Rain Total (mm)||Wettest||Rain days|
|Jerez de la Frontera||22.5||0.3||*||*||*|
Climatology for February
|Reporting Station||Extreme High Temp||Extreme Low Temp||Average Rain (mm)||Extreme Wettest day (mm)||Average Rain days|
|Jerez de la Frontera||29.0||-5.0||60||77||7|