Barcelona from January to December: What’s the weather like and what to do each month

Planning a trip or a long stay in Barcelona, Spain, and wondering what Barcelona’s weather has in store for you? Let’s explore the climate and seasonal variations of this popular Mediterranean city, along with the best activities and places to see during each month, according to locals.

Barcelona consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Spain and the weather is one if its best assets. The city experiences a range of weather throughout the year, but tends toward warmer temperatures, with August being its hottest month at 85°F and February reaching no less than 47°F, according to the website timeanddate.com. 

April and October are typically the rainiest months in Barcelona, with an average of 6 rainfall days for both months, while July sees only 1 day of rainfall on average. Despite this seasonal fluctuation, Barcelona is one of Europe’s warmest locations, enjoying ample sunshine throughout the year. Boasting about 2,524 sunny hours annually, the Spanish destination get plenty of sun rays to warm up its beaches and give you a chance to explore this city’s architectural gems.

January

Average Temperature: 49°F (9°C)
Temperature Range: 41°F (5°C) – 57°F (14°C)
Precipitation: 0.32 inches​

January in Barcelona, Spain tends to be a bit chilly with temperatures fluctuating between 41°F and 57°F. Visitors should pack warm clothes such as jackets, sweaters, and boots for their trip during this season.

While it may not be the best time of year to hit the beach or go sightseeing due to potential rain showers, winter in Spain can be very enjoyable. There are still plenty of indoor museums, galleries, and cathedrals that provide warmth against the winter’s chill. This is a great time to enjoy a traditional dinner and a live Flamenco show to warm up your spirits.

However, visitors can still stay comfortable exploring outdoors by dressing warmly and carrying an umbrella for the occasional 4 days of rain throughout January. Although you won’t see snow or freezing temperatures in Barcelona, January can be cloudy and chilly.

Top things to do in Barcelona in January: 

Three Kings Parade: Witness the colorful parade celebrating Epiphany on January 5th, a significant event in Spanish culture.
Visit Museu Picasso: Explore the works of Pablo Picasso in a cooler and less crowded month.
Enjoy Traditional Catalan Cuisine: Savor hearty dishes in local restaurants, perfect for the winter season.

February

Average Temperature: 50°F (10°C)
Temperature Range: 42°F (6°C) – 58°F (14°C)
Precipitation: 0.31 inches

In February, Barcelona’s weather stays fairly mild with average temperatures ranging from mid forties to upper fifties Farenheit. While it may not be the sunniest time of year for visitors wanting some beach days, there is still plenty to see and do in this lively city during this month. This can be a great time to visit Sagrada Familia and other unique architectural beauties that Barcelona is famous for.

Although rain can occur on any given day throughout the month, statistically speaking, only 4 out of 28 days will have any precipitation. This doesn’t pose too much of a threat as long as you come prepared with waterproof gear. To this end, tourists should ensure they’re packing appropriately so that unpredictable showers won’t ruin their trip.

Best cold-weather activities in February in Barcelona: 

Attend Santa Eulàlia Festival: Celebrate Barcelona’s co-patron saint with parades, human towers, and traditional dances.
Explore Indoor Markets: Visit famous markets like La Boqueria for a taste of local produce and cuisine.
Visit Modernist Buildings: Explore Gaudí’s masterpieces like Casa Batlló and La Pedrera without the peak season crowds.

 

March

Average Temperature: 54°F (12°C)
Temperature Range: 46°F (8°C) – 61°F (16°C)
Precipitation: 0.35 inches

March is a lovely time to visit Barcelona, Spain as the weather begins to warm up. With average temperatures in the 60s°F during the day and cooling down to around 50°F at night, it’s at a comfortable range for sightseeing.

However, make sure you’re layering up appropriately in case of cooler evenings. It may be wise to pack waterproof jackets or umbrellas as well because rain showers are likely to occur on about 5 days throughout this month.

Despite this possibility, there are still plenty of opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities such as strolling through its parks, like Park Guell, and taking walks along sunny boulevards lined with modernist architecture jewels.

Not sure what else you could do in Barcelona in March? Check out our top favorites: 

Stroll in Parc de la Ciutadella: Enjoy the onset of spring in one of Barcelona’s most beautiful parks.
Barcelona Beer Festival: Discover local and international craft beers at this annual festival.
Visit the Barcelona History Museum: Learn about the city’s rich history, ideal for the unpredictable March weather.

April

Average Temperature: 58°F (14°C)
Temperature Range: 50°F (10°C) – 65°F (18°C)
Precipitation: 0.61 inches

In April, Barcelona experiences mild temperatures with an average high of 65°F and a low of 50°F. Visitors can expect to enjoy comfortable weather for outdoor activities such as exploring the city’s famous architecture or strolling through the amazing Zoo Barcelona without having to bundle up against chilly winds.

Travelers should also be prepared for the occasional rainfall during their stay in Barcelona, during this month. With an average of 6 rainy days throughout the month, it is wise to pack a light rain jacket or umbrella just in case rain strikes while you’re out and about enjoying everything that this vibrant city has to offer.

Activity suggestions for April in Barcelona according to locals: 

Sant Jordi’s Day: Experience Barcelona’s version of Valentine’s Day on April 23rd with books and roses.
Discover El Raval Neighborhood: Explore this vibrant area filled with art, culture, and eclectic dining options.
Attend a Flamenco Show: Enjoy the passionate dance of Flamenco at a local tablao.

May

Average Temperature: 64°F (18°C)
Temperature Range: 57°F (14°C) – 71°F (22°C)
Precipitation: 0.49 inches

May is a popular time to be in Barcelona, as the weather starts to get warmer and sunnier. The average temperatures in May are perfect, in the low 70s°F during the day and drops down to around 60°F at night, so you’ll want lighter layers and sunglasses for your travels here during this month.

Although there are only 4 days of rainfall on average throughout this month, it’s always worth packing a raincoat or umbrella just in case.

With many activities and cafes available all over town, visitors will be able to enjoy exploring its famous outdoor attractions such as La Rambla, Mercado de La Boqueria, and the beautiful squares that dot this stunning city. This month offers comfortable temperatures and slightly fewer crowds than when compared to high-season peaks.

Our favorite things to do this month are: 

Primavera Sound Festival: Join this famous music festival featuring a wide range of international artists.
Explore Montjuïc: Visit the hill of Montjuïc for its museums, gardens, and spectacular city views.
Enjoy Outdoor Dining: Experience the city’s vibrant al fresco dining scene.

June 

Average Temperature: 70°F (21°C)
Temperature Range: 63°F (17°C) – 77°F (25°C)
Precipitation: 0.24 inches

Barcelona, Spain experiences a warm and pleasant climate in June with an average high temperature close to 80°F and low temperatures of around 63°F. This means that visitors can enjoy the city to the fullest under its beautiful sunny skies.

Rainfall may occur up to 3 days during this month, on average, so it is not as much of a concern. Overall, Barcelona offers a great vacation spot this month for anyone looking forward to exploring its rich cultural heritage sites and its amazing beaches.

This is a great time for Spanish tapas lunches outside at one of its numerous outdoor cafes and gaze at the Gaudi architecture as you savor a café con hielo. You can bask in its comfortable sunny weather amidst friendly locals who are sharing this remarkable city with you.

 

Here are some fun activities in Barcelona suitable for the month of May: 

Sónar Festival: Attend this cutting-edge music and digital arts festival.
Beach Day at Barceloneta: Relax on the city’s most famous beach as the weather warms up.
Night of San Juan: Celebrate the summer solstice with bonfires and beach parties.

July

Average Temperature: 76°F (24°C)
Temperature Range: 69°F (21°C) – 83°F (28°C)
Precipitation: 0.08 inches

July in Barcelona, Spain brings hot weather with an average high temperature of 83°F and a low of around 69°F. This month, the city’s beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, or enjoying water sports.

Summer is the peak of tourist season here, so expect huge crowds at popular attractions like Park Guell or Sagrada Familia. However, July only sees 1 day of rainfall on average making it easier to plan outdoor activities without any interruption from the rain.

During this month, Barcelona’s lively street life is filled with people celebrating this fiery summer and making it even more enjoyable to visit this beautiful place.

Don’t miss out on these fun things to do in July: 

Grec Festival: Enjoy this international theatre, dance, music, and circus festival.
Picnic in Park Güell: Take in Gaudí’s architectural wonders and city views.
Outdoor Cinema: Watch movies under the stars at various outdoor venues.

August

Average Temperature: 77°F (25°C)
Temperature Range: 69°F (21°C) – 84°F (29°C)
Precipitation: 0.50 inches

The weather in Barcelona, Spain during August is quite hot and dry with an average high temperature of 84° Fahrenheit and a low of around 70°. Rainfall usually only occurs 2 days out of this month, so this is a great month to visit for those who love sunny and clear-skied weather.

Water activities like swimming can also be enjoyed given that this summer month presents optimal temperatures for these types of events. This makes it one of the best vacation destination spots to enjoy especially if you love sunny beach weather.

Be sure to protect from the torching sun with hats and sunglasses and seek shade throughout the day in Barcelona’s hundreds of green spaces.

Among the top things to do and see during this peak summer month in Barcelona are: 

Festa Major de Gràcia: Experience this lively neighborhood festival with decorated streets and live performances.
Swim at Bogatell Beach: For a less crowded beach experience compared to Barceloneta.
Visit Tibidabo Amusement Park: Enjoy fun rides and panoramic views of the city.

September 

Average Temperature: 71°F (22°C)
Temperature Range: 64°F (18°C) – 79°F (26°C)
Precipitation: 0.90 inches

If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona in September, be prepared for warm temperatures and the possibility of some rain. The weather during this month still feels like summer.

September in Barcelona is typically comfortable with an average high temperature of 79°F and an average low temperature of 69°F. At the same time, it’s not uncommon for the city to experience 4 days of rainfall throughout this month.

Despite this, there are still plenty of indoor activities such as museums or shopping centers that can keep you entertained during those rainy days. Overall, September can be a great time to visit Barcelona due to its mild climate and fewer crowds than in peak summer months.

Must-try things to do in Barcelona, according to locals: 

La Mercè Festival: Celebrate Barcelona’s largest street festival with concerts, parades, and fireworks.
Wine Tasting in Penedès: Explore the nearby Penedès region known for its Cava and wine production.
Visit Gothic Quarter: Wander through the medieval streets when the summer crowds have thinned.

October

Average Temperature: 65°F (18°C)
Temperature Range: 58°F (14°C) – 72°F (22°C)
Precipitation: 1.04 inches

October weather in Barcelona, Spain is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 72° to 58°F. It’s one of the best times to visit the city and explore its beautiful tourist spots without being too bothered by extreme heat or cold. Moreover, the trees are changing color, turning Barcelona into a golden beauty.

Keep in mind though, that there are occasional rainy days one can expect, with an average of 6 wet days throughout this month. You should consider this when you’re planning any activities outdoors. Despite some rain showers here and there, October still offers the perfect conditions for fall sightseeing in this lively Spanish city.

Favorite things to do in October: 

Attend Barcelona Jazz Festival: Enjoy performances by renowned international jazz artists.
Explore El Born Cultural Center: Discover the city’s medieval past and cultural heritage.
Visit the Fundació Joan Miró: Explore the works of this renowned Catalan artist.

November

Average Temperature: 56°F (13°C)
Temperature Range: 48°F (9°C) – 64°F (18°C)
Precipitation: 0.49 inches

In November, Barcelona experiences chilly weather with daytime temperatures averaging around the mid 60s°F and nights dropping to an average low of about 50°F. Although the temperature drops significantly compared to summer months, visitors can still enjoy outdoor activities during this time, as long as they dress in layers.

It’s important to pack warm clothes and rain gear since there are usually about 5 days of rainfall during this month. Despite these conditions, some visitors come here in November for its peaceful feel to explore what Spain has to offer, making it a great off-season destination for some travelers looking forward to enjoying their trip minus large gatherings.

Top events and activities for November in Barcelona: 

International Documentary Film Festival: Attend screenings of documentary films from around the world.
Take a Cooking Class: Learn how to make traditional Catalan dishes.
Spa Day: Relax at one of Barcelona’s luxurious spas, perfect for cooler weather.

December 

Average Temperature: 50°F (10°C)
Temperature Range: 43°F (6°C) – 58°F (14°C)
Precipitation: 0.36 inches

In December, Barcelona experiences mild temperatures with an average high close to 60°F and an average low of 43°F. In terms of rainfall, visitors should expect around 3 days during their stay but it’s unlikely to disrupt any plans much as these are typically light showers that quickly pass by.

Despite being an off-peak tourist season for Barcelona due to the cooler weather conditions in comparison to hotter summer months like July or August, it’s still a good month to visit. Those who do bravely visit Barcelona during this month will benefit from fewer crowds, beautiful Christmas lights adorning its boulevards and lots of events related to the Christmas celebrations.

Activities not to be missed if visiting Barcelona in December: 

Christmas Markets: Visit the Fira de Santa Llúcia and other holiday markets around the city.
New Year’s Eve at Plaça d’Espanya: Ring in the New Year with fireworks and celebrations.
Concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana: Enjoy a festive concert in this stunning modernist concert hall.

Weather Data Source: Time and Date

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