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UPDATE: What will the weather be like in Spain for Easter week?

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UPDATE: What will the weather be like in Spain for Easter week?
What will the weather be like for Semana Santa in Spain? Photo: ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Semana Santa, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most anticipated holidays in Spain. Many across the country will take the whole week off work for a break and hope for good weather during this time.


This year Semana Santa falls between April 2nd and 9th. The weather in Spain can be very unpredictable over Easter and April can typically be rainy. Easter 2019 even saw hail and floods wreaking havoc across parts of the country.

Easter week is now in full swing, however, and we've seen higher-than-normal temperatures across the country. 

On March 30th Spain's State Meteorological Agency AEMET said that March had been particularly warm this year with temperatures above average and predicted that in some areas of the country, this would not change over Semana Santa.


During the second half of Holy Week, meteorologists from AEMET have said that the mercury could reach 30C in the south of the peninsula. 

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For Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, it is likely that the skies will be clear except for the presence of clouds in areas in the northern part of the peninsula, they indicated. It is expected that cloudiness will develop during the afternoon of both days in the mountainous areas of the north and in the Balearic Islands, which may give rise to showers in the eastern Pyrenees.

Temperatures will rise in the northern part of the country on Friday and on Saturday in the southern part of the peninsula, reaching 30 degrees in areas around the Guadalquivir Valley. Although they are due to drop in the Mediterranean coastal areas, they will still be higher than normal for this time of year. 

Frosts will be restricted to the Pyrenees and the wind will continue to blow from the east, with strong winds around the Cantabrian region on Saturday.

In the Canary Islands, slightly cloudy skies are expected, with intervals of clouds and possibly some showers. The wind will continue to blow in from the north.

There is still some uncertainty regarding the weather predictions for Easter Sunday and Monday, April 9th and 10th, however, it is likely that the stable weather will continue, with slightly cloudy skies. Rainfall has not been ruled out for the eastern part of the country.

Temperatures are due to rise again on Easter Sunday in the northern Mediterranean area and on Monday in the extreme south, with values ​​above 30C again in the Guadalquivir Valley.

In the Canary Islands, an increase in instability is expected during these days, with rainfall that will affect the western islands. A rise in temperatures is also expected, as well as a northeasterly wind which will intensify over the weekend. 

The agency also pointed out that March has been warmer and dryer than normal. "Despite the slight recovery from winter, Spain was still in a meteorological drought in March 2023, which began in January 2022. And since December 2023, we have been in a long-term drought," they warned.


In general, temperatures are getting higher in April, especially during the day

According to the data, the coldest areas of ​​Spain in April are usually concentrated in the interior. The provinces of León, Palencia, Burgos, Soria, Ávila and Guadalajara have the lowest average temperatures.

They are followed by the rest of the provinces of Castilla y León, as well as those located in the interior of the country.

On the coast of Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia are where the highest April temperatures can be found on the peninsula. Seville, for example, has an average temperature of about 17C in April with highs that usually exceed 23C.


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Ann 2023/03/22 19:43
Where exactly is the east coast of Galecia?. This surely is a typo🥴

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