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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.
While the start of Easter week is now just four days away, weather experts have revealed their forecasts. Here’s a broad overview of what you can expect.
On Thursday March 30th, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency AEMET released a statement with their official predictions.
The end of March has been particularly warm this year with temperatures above average and AEMET has predicted that in some areas of the country, this will not change.
On the Mediterranean coast and in the Balearic Islands, the mercury is even likely to rise further from Friday, March 31st.
Meteorologists from eltiempo.es echoed this forecast last week when they said it’s likely temperatures will be above the average across the country over Holy Week.
But higher temperatures don’t necessarily mean, however, that rain can be ruled out. The experts at AEMET predict precipitation in the north of the country on Friday March 31st, including in Galicia, Cantabria and the Pyrenees, while there will be “generally little cloudy skies” in the rest of the country on Friday.
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In terms of rainfall across the rest of the country, it’s likely that the amount of precipitation will fall within the normal range for this time of year.
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— AEMET (@AEMET_Esp) March 29, 2023
According to weatherandclimate.com the average amount of rainfall in Spain ranges from 5.8mm in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to 136mm on the west coast of Galicia.
From April 1st – 3rd, the agency again predicts more rain for Galicia, Cantabria and the Pyrenees, with persistent precipitation in the eastern Cantabrian Sea area, in the western Pyrenees and in the Aran Valley.
“In the rest of the country, there is a predominance of slightly cloudy or clear skies. Rainfall will tend to decrease on Monday,” the agency said.
AEMET has indicated that, between Tuesday April 4th and Thursday April 6th, “the uncertainty of the prediction increases”, but that “the most probable scenario is the predominance of a stable atmosphere, without precipitation in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands”.
In the Canary Islands though they have said that “a certain tendency to instability is expected, with the possibility of precipitation”.
The agency also pointed out that March has been warmer and dryer than normal. “Despite the slight recovery from winter, Spain is 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.