We all love discussing the weather and the weather on Gibraltar is well worth talking about. Some of the best of British weather will be found in Gibraltar, making it little wonder why so many choose to relocate here.
Winter is, as with anywhere else, a mixture of temperatures and conditions, including those which are cooler, wetter or even warmer and dry, however as a general rule only about a third of the days you will see on Gibraltar are wet, with January temperatures averaging about 57°F as a rule.
Gibraltar has a wonderful lie so far as protection, being guarded by the Atlas Mountains to the south and the Sierra Nevada to its North, which form a natural barrier to the air which enters or leaves the Alboran Basin, and as a consequence, that of the Strait.
Gibraltar’s is a temperate climate, with the winter time months seeing a western wind and only oddly the north or south one, and snow or frost extraordinarily rare. The rains in the wintertime can be heavier than normal but they aren’t seen often after spring is done. Gibraltar’s mean minimum temperature is about 55°F and the mean maximum is about 64°F during this time period. Gibraltar’s climate is affected quite dramatically by the nearness of the Mediterranean as well as the Atlantic Ocean, which does make it a place that is extreme in some ways.
The warm breezes are filled by moisture that can strike the easterly face of the Rock, creating condensation above it, and sometimes creating a sort of pall that will lay over the bay, as well as the city, and the climate at those times is quite humid as you might well imagine.
The minimum and maximum temperatures in the summertime lay about 55°F for the minimum and 86°F for the maximum, and the summer time brings with it its own variety of winds that can be extreme in their own right. What are called Poniente, local winds that will waft their way through the strait, come from either east or west and can bring with them hot and quite dry weather, though the skies remain clear. The table below gives a good indication of the all year round average temperatures, rainfall etc.
Summertime, which is mainly dry, also brings a wind called a Levanter, that offers warm and humid conditions, what is called a Rock Top cloud that can linger over the city. On those same days, Sea Fog is not at all uncommon to see. Summertime does however bring with it an average of about 11 hours of sun a day, and a summer time drought that will normally last about 3 months time. Temperatures in August may stay about 75°F.
Well now that you’ve seen our climate and average temperatures, you’ll understand why the people of Gibraltar talk about the weather. The weather in Gibraltar is nearly perfect. Come see for yourself.
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