What will the weather be like this Easter in Spain?

The rain in Spain will fall mainly all over the plain (and its islands) during this year’s Semana Santa holidays.

What will the weather be like this Easter in Spain?
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April is notoriously a rainy month in Spain, as the saying “en abril agua es mil” (in April water is a thousand) suggests. 

And so it is that Spain residents setting off to another part of the country or sun-seeking foreigners flying over from abroad will unfortunately be met by showers from Wednesday April 17th to at least Friday 19th.

On Wednesday 17th western Spain all the way from Galicia down to Andalusia (including the capital Madrid) will experience showers throughout the day.

The Canary Islands most westerly islands will also have rain and cloudy skies, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura being the only ones to escape the bad weather. 

The east of Spain – Catalonia, the Balearics, Valencia and Murcia – will also get partially sunny skies rather than showers.

Daytime temperatures will range between 13 and 18 C around most of Spain.

On Thursday 18th rainfall will reach almost every corner of mainland Spain. Only some parts of Catalonia, the Balearics and the Canaries will get sunshine and 20 C temperatures.

The mercury in Madrid will remain below 15 C as in much of central and northern Spain.

On Friday 19th the weather is likely to be cloudy across much of mainland Spain. Meteorologists at Spain’s public weather agency AEMET are uncertain about how much rain will fall but Madrid and Comunidad Valenciana are forecast to get some showers.

Northern Spain in expected to receive more sunshine over the course of the day that the south.


On Saturday 20th the cloudy weather is forecast to continue around much of the country and its archipelagos, with Spain’s northern coast again getting most of the sunshine.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.