World's Fastest Marathon

9 October 2021

Climate & Weather in Spain

Below you can read about typical race day weather, Spain's climate, and see the average weather conditions in Granada and Málaga.

Spain's Climate

Due to its large size, the climate of Spain as a whole is difficult to characterize. The country contains 5 primary climate classifications, with further sub-groupings in each. Generally, these can be divided into: the Atlantic coast, the central plateau, the southern/eastern coastal regions, the mountains (Pyrenees and Sierras), and the Andalucían plain. Although most of the country can broadly be considered Mediterranean, altitude, distance to the ocean, and a number of other factors can alter temperatures/rainfall significantly. 

In most of Andalucía, the climate is closer to Northern Africa than Northern Spain. Although there is even some variation within the region, the majority of the climate is classified as hot-summer Mediterranean. It is home to the hottest and driest summers in all of Spain, while the winters are mild and sunny. Some cities, like Granada, are located at a higher altitude than the rest of the plain. This tempers the heat slightly, so nights can be quite cold, but days tend to still be relatively warm.  

 

Temperature & Precipitation

See the average temperatures and precipitation per month below in the tables. 

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Granada                        
Day time temperature 12°C /54°F 14°C /57°F 17°C  /63°F 19°C  /66°F 23°C  /73°F 29°C  /84°F 34°C  /93°F 33°C  /91°F 29°C  /84°F 22°C  /72°F 16°C  /61°F 13°C  /55°F
Night time temperature 2°C /36°F 3°C /37°F 6°C /43°F 8°C  /46°F 10°C  /50°F 15°C  /59°F 17°C /63°F 18°C  /64°F 15°C  /59°F 11°C  /52°F 6°C  /43°F 4°C  /39°F
Precipitation (mm/in) 54mm  /2.2in  49mm  /1.9in  54mm  /2.2in  51mm  /2in  37mm  /1.5in  11mm  /0.4in  5mm  /0.2in  6mm  /0.2in  20mm  /0.8in  45mm  /1.8in  55mm  /2.2in 

63mm  /2.5in 

 

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Málaga                         
Day time temperature 17°C  /63°F 17°C  /63°F 19°C  /66°F 20°C  /68°F 23°C  /73°F 27°C  /81°F 29°C  /84°F 30°C  /86°F 28°C  /82°F 24°C  /75°F 20°C  /68°F 17°C  /63°F
Night time temperature 9°C  /48°F 9°C  /48°F 11°C  /52°F 12°C  /54°F 15°C  /59°F 19°C  /66°F 21°C  /70°F 22°C  /72°F 20°C  /68°F 16°C  /61°F 12°C  54/°F 9°C  /48°F
Precipitation (mm/in) 59 mm  /2.3in  49 mm  /1.9in  62 mm  /2.4in  46 mm  /1.8in  25 mm  /0.9in  6 mm  /0.2in  1 mm  /.04in  3 mm  /0.1in  28 mm /1.1in  62 mm  /2.4in  63 mm  /2.5in  66 mm  /2.6in 

Source: DMI

 

Expectations at World's Fastest Marathon

In early October, the weather is still warm and sunny in Southern Spain. However, the World's Fastest Marathon starts up at altitude - specifically, at 2,605 meters. Up on the mountain and early in the morning, it will be chilly. If it's windy, the temperature can feel much colder than it actually is. Runners should keep in mind this cold start, although as you descend the mountain and the sun rises, the air will gradually warm. By the time you hit Granada, we expect a temperature somewhere between 20-25°C. Rain is rare, but of course there is a slight possibility.