A pleasantly warm and rather dry month


The average maximum temperature during October 2016 in Malaga was 24.3 Celsius (76F), and that was 0.6 Celsius (1F) above normal for the time of year. The average minimum temperature was 17.6 Celsius (64F), and that was 0.7 Celsius (1.5F) above the normal October value.
The highest temperature recorded during the month was only 27.9 Celsius (82F) on the 26th. Only twice in the last 11 years has the monthly maximum for October been so low. The second warmest day of the month was the 5th with 27.0 Celsius (81F). However, there were 11 other days when the temperature exceeded 25 Celsius. There were no cool days during October, and the temperature failed to exceed 22 Celsius (72F) on only 2 occasions. The maximum on the 13th was 21.7 Celsius (71F), but on the previous day the high was just 20.6 Celsius (69F).
The nights during October were still humid but unsurprisingly on most nights the temperatures were lower than those experienced during September. The warmest nights were generally during the second half of the month with only 1 of the 8 nights recording minima above 19 Celsius (66F) occurring before mid month. Only 2 of the warmer nights had lows above 20 Celsius (68F), with 21.0 Celsius (70F) measured on the 27th/28th and 20.4 Celsius (68F) logged on the following night. There were no particularly cool nights during October, and although there were 11 occasions when minima were below 17 Celsius (63F), there was just 1 night when the temperature fell below 15 Celsius (59F). The lowest temperature on the night of the 14th/15th was 14.0 Celsius (57F).
The sea temperature remained consistently high throughout the month with values between 20 and 22 Celsius (68-72F), except for a brief dip to 19 Celsius (66F) around mid month.

Rain in Malaga

There were 40.2 millimetres (1.6 ins.) of rain during October, and that was 30% below average. There were 4 days with measurable rain and that was 3 days below the monthly average. The 12th was the first wet day, and after some early sunshine, there were outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, through the rest of the day. The total for the day was 13.5 millimetres (0.5 ins.). On the following day, the 13th, the weather was more showery with a fair amount of sunshine, but heavy rain in the early hours, combined with some late afternoon showers, produced a total of 14.5 millimetres (0.6 ins.). Rain on the evening of the 22nd was too light to measure, but the 23rd was showery with over 6 millimetres (0.25 ins.) recorded. A similar amount was noted on the following day, mainly caused by heavy rain overnight. The last week of the month was dry.


There were 2 ‘days’ of of thunder in this part of west Malaga during October, although the vast majority of thunder occurred overnight. The first thunder occurred in the early hours of the 12th, but rumbles were few and far between. The thunderstorm overnight on the 23rd was louder but not severe, and there was a further rumble of thunder from unstable medium-level cloud on the morning of the 23rd.


The wind pattern was typical for mid Autumn with the sea breeze becoming less dominant allowing northwesterly land breezes to last longer through the mornings and returning earlier in the evenings. On most days the wind was light or gentle, and there was only 1 day when gusts exceeded 20 knots (23 mph). On the 29th there was a gust of 24 knots (27 mph) from the east-southeast, accompanied by some large waves.


There was no fog observed in west Malaga during October.

Statistics for October 2016

Reporting Station Highest Temp Lowest Temp Rain Total (mm) Wettest Rain days
Malaga Airport 29.6 13.2 41 19 4
Granada Airport 33.2 3.8 24 16 4
Almeria 31.6 14.7 17 16 4
Seville 33.6 10.6 121 65 5
Cordoba 34.6 8.9 81 20 5
Jerez de la Frontera 33.6 9.3 116 32 7
Murcia 31.8 11.1 21 8 6

Climatology for October

Reporting Station Extreme High Temp Extreme Low Temp Average Rain (mm) Extreme Wettest day (mm) Average Rain days
Malaga Airport 36.4 5.6 56 109 4
Granada Airport 33.5 -2.6 42 53 5
Almeria 32.8 7.6 23 56 3
Seville 36.6 2.0 62 83 6
Cordoba 36.9 1.0 62 91 6
Jerez de la Frontera 36.5 2.8 67 97 6
Murcia 36.1 1.0 44 136 4