Climate 

Many people visit Spain because of the nice weather. But Spain is very big and there are huge differences between the climate in Extremadura, and, for instance the coastal parts of Spain.

Extremadura has a Mediterranean continental climate. There is very little influence of the sea noticible. Humidity in general is low. Depressions don’t usually reach Extremadura. There are periods, especially in the summer, when rain is scarce or absent.

But it does rain in Extremadura; sometimes even for several days in a row. On most of these days, however, the sun tends to suddenly pop up for a few hours to give some warmth again.

To understand the seasons in Extremadura you have to let go of the normal seasons in Britain. The seasons follow another rhythm here.

Spring 

Early spring starts somewhere in January or February. The sun rises again and on a nice day the temperature can rise to 20 degrees Celsius. In January,  the swallows return from Africa. Vultures and the Spanish Imperial Eagle start building their nests. Storks occupy the church towers in the villages again. During the day you can easily walk in your shirt, provided that the sun shines.

In March temperatures rise further to 25 degrees or more at the end of March. On one of those warm days the bee-eaters suddenly return. For us this is the start of real spring.

Because of the rainfall, the meadows start to flower. The more rain, the more abundant the flowering. Often, April is a bit unstable. Sometimes, the days are cold and wet but most of the times, the sun dominates. From the middle of May, we start getting a feeling of summer. The nights are warmer and in the evening we have dinner on the terrace.

climate, spring

 

climate, summer

Summer 

Summers are warm and sometimes hot. Temperatures of 35-38 degrees C. are normal. But it feels different because of the absence of humidity. The air is bone dry. It is not clammy or sweltering at all. Usually, the mornings are very nice. Around 14 o’clock it gets hot and it will stay that way until after sunset. Every evening is sultry and we can have dinner outside the house. There frequently is a nice breeze.

You can assume that the sun shines every day. Rainfall is rare.

During the month of June the fields dry up and turn into Gold. Later in summer they will turn into a more bronze colour.

In the morning, birds are still active but they quiet down at around 2 p.m. Time for a siësta or a swim.

Autumn 

Autumn here is incomparable with the ones in Northern Europe. In September the temperature goes down and “late summer” starts, which can last until the start of November. The temperature is very pleasant. Nature revives. Now and then, there are showers of rain and the grass turns green again. After the first big rains, flowers are sprouting once again and the meadows turn yellow. It gives the idea of a second spring.

In November we use the fireplace for the first time. Evenings get chilly. During daytime the temperature can easily go up to 20 degrees. During these days we can hear the first cranes flying over.

Winter 

In the mountains,  the leaves finally start falling. In the lower parts this happens in January.  Holm- and cork-oaks stay green. Sometimes we have a little frost during the night. A snowflake rarely falls in the adjacent mountains but they melt at the first ray of sun. When the sun shines, the temperatures rise until 15 degrees or so. With cloudy weather it can go up to 8 degrees. In January the migrating birds start to come back. At the end of February, the tree frogs start concerting. Slowly,  winter turns into early spring again. Winter is over before you know it.

BirdwatchingOctober to June
Hiking and outdoor activitiesEnd of September until the end of April is ideal
July and August aren't recommended
Other periodes during the morning after a cool night
CitytripsEnd September to May
Other months: preferably in the mornings
Sun loversJune until the middle of September

 
 

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