What's The Weather in Majorca (Mallorca) Really Like?
Detailed weather information for the summer months
The weather in Majorca during the summer is generally very warm and sunny along the coastal areas.
You can expect strong afternoon sea breezes occur along each part Majorca's coast except along the far north-western coastline.
There should be no sea breezes when hot winds blow in from the Sahara desert since these winds prevent a sea breeze forming.
The weather in Majorca can be very windy during the summer months along the coast after 1pm so you are advised that if you want to do some snorkelling or swimming, you should do it in the morning.
The inland regions of Majorca can be cloudy from around 1pm to about 5pm but this cloud will clear as the sunsets.
You may receive a light shower of rain during the afternoon over the mountainous regions. Generally summer is the driest time of year.
Weather in Majorca for June
The weather in Majorca during June is fantastic for outdoor activities and for that reason June is packed with tourists. If you plan to visit during June then you'll see plenty of sunshine and very warm days both on the coast and in most inland areas.
If you're going to the beach then the best time to go is in the morning before it gets too windy. In the afternoons, the wind will become quite gusty after 1pm along the coast. The windiest places on Majorca during June occurs around the Bay of Palma (which is right near the islands capital) and around the Bay of Alcudia on the north east coast.
The maximum daytime temperatures will be around 26°C along the coast during the first week of June. But by the end of June, the daytime temperature should be hovering around 28°C along the coastal areas. You need to add another 3°C to the daytime maximum temperatures if you're planning to visit the inland regions. The mountainous areas will be considerable cooler depending upon your altitude.
The warmest part of the day in areas close to the beach will occur before 1pm, so that's another reason to go swimming in the surf during the morning. After 1pm, the seabreeze kicks in and cools things down.
Weather in Majorca for July
The weather in Majorca during July can get quite hot at times over the coast and more so over the inland areas. You'll need to wear some sunscreen or some type of protective clothing so you don't get burnt in the sun.
During July, there maybe a few days when there's no seabreeze at all and consequently very high temperatures will occur. During this time, temperatures may rise up to 35-36°C. Just beware that such hot conditions brings in air laden with dust. This dust comes from the Sahara desert in North Africa. Thankfully the dusty conditions will disappear and consequently the cooler daytime temperatures (31°C) will return after 2-3 days.
July is also Majorca's driest month and so you will experience a sunny day almost every day. There may be some clouds forming over the inland areas but these will disappear near sunset. The weather in Majorca during July can get very hot with temperatures reaching 40°C on at least two days over the central and south western parts of Majorca.
Like June, if you want to enjoy your time at the beach without the strong winds go there before 1pm.
Weather in Majorca for August
If you are planning to arrive in Majorca in August this is the month with the hottest weather.
Average daytime temperatures along the coast will be 30-31°C, and further inland 33-34°C. Overnight temperatures won't drop below 16-17°C along the coast but it may drop down to about 14-15°C over inland areas.
The weather in Majorca in August is often identical to the weather you get in July although there's a higher chance of some rain. It's quite common to see an afternoon shower on one or two days during the last week of August.
The humidity can be quite uncomfortable during August so if you're arriving from the UK then you may quite shocked when you get off the plane and are greeted by a wall of hot, sultry air. Since you came to Majorca looking to have a great holiday, then you need to plan ahead and be prepared for the very hot, humid conditions.
Make sure you cover up during the day since you'll get sunburnt fairly quickly. If you arrive at the beach after 1pm, expect that the waves will be choppy since the winds will be strong. The best time to go to the beach is during the morning or late in the afternoon during August.
Weather in Majorca in Autumn
Weather in Majorca in September
The weather in Majorca during September is still very warm since the sea temperatures are very high at this time of year. When the wind blows in from off the coast of Majorca, the air becomes very humid.
Daytime temperatures will still be near 30°C during the first week of September but these temperatures will gradually decrease to about 26°C near the end of September.
September is the start of the storm season but most of these storms don't arrive until mid-to-late September. The storms that occur late in the month of September are often accompanied by frequent lightning and possibly some hail.
Very heavy rain associated with thunderstorm activity will occur during the afternoons near the end of September. However, on such days, the morning will start out clear and sunny. Winds will be light in the morning but this will change once the sea breeze passes through.
You should still see a lot of sunshine in September but just beware that thunderstorms can form suddenly after 2pm in the latter half of September. The weather in Majorca during September can be unpredictable at times due to the severity of the thunderstorms. If you plan to travel to Majorca in September, keep watching the clouds and take action if the weather begins to look nasty.
Weather in Majorca in October
October is the stormiest month of the year in Majorca and across the rest of the Balearic Islands. You can expect thunderstorms nearly every day over the Tramuntana mountains and every third or fourth day in the coastal areas.
Some of these thunderstorms will be severe enough to produce flash flooding, hail or possibly even a weak tornado.
If you're planning to practice some water sports in the Bay of Pollensa or any coastal area for that matter, then be on the lookout for possible waterspouts. These waterspouts, while not as dangerous as tornadoes, still pose a threat to anyone silly enough to venture too close to its vortex.
If you do plan to travel here in October, just be alert to the fact that the weather in Majorca in October is quite unpredictable and so it's wise that you make some back up plans just in case the weather turns nasty. You may be fortunate enough to miss out on the so-called nasty weather during your stay, since thunderstorms cannot form everywhere over Majorca at once and so there's sure to be some sunny warm weather in Majorca in certain locations.
You will find that the warmest days will be followed by an afternoon thunderstorm. Daytime temperatures as high as 28-30°C will occur on at least two days during the first two weeks of October. However, it's more common to see daytime temperatures reaching between 24-27°C in the first half of October. Towards the third and final week of October, expect the daytime maximum temperatures to drop down to average between 21-24°C. The highest ever recorded temperature at Palma de Mallorca airport for October is 33.2°C, so please remember to pack some summer clothing and sunscreen for those one or two hots days.
At night time, the air can feel quite cool. Like the daytime temperatures, the nighttime temperatures gradually drop with each passing week in October. Over most coastal areas, like Palma de Mallorca, the overnight temperature during the first two weeks of October will hover between 12-15°C. During this time, there will be at least one night when the temperature doesn't go below 16°C and least three nights when it drops down to about 10°C. For the rest of the month (i.e. the third and final week) overnight temperatures will hover between 9-12°C. There will at least four nights near the end of the month where the minimum temperatures drops below 8°C.
The weather in Majorca in October can alternate from dry to wet from year-to-year. For example, back in October 1983 and 1989, most of Majorca recorded less than 5mm during October. In comparison, October 1994 was particularly wet, since around 220-240mm of rain fell during that month. If you had arrived back then, you would have definitely thought that you had chose the wrong time of year to visit here as many low lying areas on Majorca experienced flash flooding.
The weather in Majorca in October is not as windy as it is during the summer time. However, if there's a thunderstorm approaching your location, then expect the wind speed to pick up as the storm hits. Most of the winds associated with the afternoon sea breeze are quite weak since the land/sea temperature gradient is much less during October than it was say in June, July or August. You can still expect gusty sea breezes on the warmest days and as you already know, such days will occur near the start of October.
If you really want to lie out in the sun all day on the beach to soak up the sun's rays then you should not travel to Majorca in October. There is extensive afternoon cloud and in fact, on some days, it may remain cloudy all day. However, it's impossible to predict the amount of cloud that will form since there's much year-to-year variability. If you arrive here in October and have a wonderful time in the sun, then you're one of the lucky ones.
Weather in Majorca in November
The temperatures in November throughout Majorca are considerably cooler than in October. Overnight temperatures over the coastal regions typically drop down to between 8-11°C during the first two weeks of November. By the second half of November, minimum temperatures tend to hover around 7-10°C. If the night remains cloudy then the night time temperatures will be at least 2 to 5°C above the average monthly overnight minimum temperature. You can expect that you'll see some frost and fog patches in the morning over the inland areas of Majorca, more so near the end of the month.
During the day, maximum temperatures will reach about 20-21°C near the start of November. There will be the odd day when the temperature reaches around 24-25°C but such warm temperatures normally signify a cold change is approaching. From mid-November, the daytime temperatures will continue to drop so you won't see many days with maximum temperatures above 18-19°C.
Please note: The temperatures during the night in the city of Palma de Mallorca is much warmer (5-6°C) than any other coastal part of Majorca in the cooler months of the year. This occurs due to the heat island effect.
The weather in Majorca in November varies significantly from year-to-year. One year might be dry, the next quite wet. Such weather conditions are normal for Majorca and the rest of the Balearic islands. I'll give you an example. Back in November 2006, Palma de Mallorca recorded its lowest monthly rainfall total of 0.6mm. In comparison, on the 4th November 2008, this same location recorded 50.0mm of rain in a matter of hours due to an intense thunderstorm. What this means for you is that you cannot guarantee that you'll have nice sunny weather for the whole time that you're there. But what can be said is that it's highly unlikely that your trip will be ruined by wet weather in November since statistically it never has rains more than 15 days throughout this month.
Another factor you have to be aware of is the fact that winter is fast approaching, and with that cloudy conditions become more frequent. Sure, you'll see quite a few sunny days, but there is normally equal parts cloud and sun throughout the month of November (especially over the northern half of Majorca). Furthermore, if you're staying on the south western, north east and south eastern coastal areas, then the weather here will be much nicer than the north west coastal and mountainous areas at this time of year.
The only time you'll have windy weather in Majorca in November is when a cold front has passed over the island that is accompanied by thunderstorms or or a low pressure system has decided to intensify off the northern coastline of Majorca.
On days when there is sun, there will be light winds about, but during other times, the wind will become moderate in strength.
Weather in Majorca in Winter
Weather in Majorca in December
Yep, it's the start of winter and the weather in Majorca is a mixed bag. One day can be quite warm (rises to 19-21°C) and then this is followed by maximum temperatures of 14-16°C. The highest maximum daytime temperature ever recorded in December for Palma de Mallorca is 23.8°C. This will give you an indication that the hot days of summer are long gone and that you'll have to contend with much lower temperatures.
When the weather in Majorca is sunny and without wind, then you'll find that the air feels quite warm. However, as soon as the wind picks up, you might be need to grab a jacket. The warmest part of Majorca during the day in December is located over the southern inland parts of the island.
Night time in December can get quite cold. If do not stay right next to the beach you may observe some early morning frost patches if you get up around sunrise. Palma de Mallorca normally records minimum temperatures of between 9-11°C whereas the airport is usually 5-6°C cooler at night. Many parts of inland Majorca record minimum temperatures of between 2-3°C, so you should definately stay as close as possible to the beach so you can experience warmer overnight temperatures.
The weather in Majorca in December can be beautiful at times when the sun's out and straight out lousy when there's rain. You may see rain on your holiday here during December, but the rainfall varies considerably from year-to-year. Back in December 2006, around 162mm of rain fell during that month at Palma de Mallorca airport. Most of this rain was caused by frequent localised thunderstorms that formed over this region. However, this rain was patchy and some parts of Majorca missed out on the wet weather. Now fast forwarding exactly one year. Majorca was now experiencing drought-like conditions. In fact, most areas of Majorca recorded less than 20mm of rain for the whole month of December 2007. Palma de Mallorca only recorded 5.5mm during this time.
So my main point about Majorca's rainfall is this: you will see far more rain on the north western coastline and the adjacent mountains during December than in any part of Majorca. The south eastern parts of Majorca records quite low rainfall during this time since this region is considered to be in a rain-shadow. However, just be warned, even though thunderstorms do not occur frequently in this month, there's still the possibility of very heavy rain. What I can say with confidence is that the far southern and south western parts has the best weather in Majorca in December.
While there's certainly nothing wrong with coming to Majorca in December, you'll have to put up with extended periods of cloud, and the occasional day with rain. Although, the rain at this time of year isn't particularly heavy, it can be a nuisance if you're hoping to pursue outdoor activities. This coupled with the low daytime temperatures certainly reduce your chances of enjoying the beach.
Probably the best outdoor activities you can pursue at this time of year is bush walking, golf and cycling and these are best done in all areas except the Tramuntana mountains.
With regards to whether it'll be windy or not during December, the answer to this depends upon your location. The north western coastline of Majorca is frequently buffeted by westerly winds (i.e. winds coming from the west) at this time of year. The south eastern parts of Majorca is normally escapes the westerly winds since the Tramuntana mountains block their arrival into this area. Unlike what happens in summer, sea breezes don't normally form at this time of the year since the land/sea temperature contrast is minimal. Of course, if you are a keen sailer, you should really visit Majorca during the summer months when the sea breezes kick in. During December, the winds maybe too light to go sailing in the sheltered Bay of Alcudia, however, on the western side of Majorca, the occasionally gusty westerly winds can make sailing quite hazardous.
Weather in Majorca in January
If you plan to arrive in Majorca in January, then you'll be travelling here during the coldest month of the year. Of course, this maybe not be a worry for you since you might live in a country that is much colder than Majorca. However, knowing this, you shouldn't deliberately bring less warm clothing with you in order to make your luggage lighter since it can get surprisingly cold at night. You see, nighttime temperatures can drop below zero in all areas of Majorca except near the city centre of Palma de Mallorca.
The coldest overnight temperature ever recorded for January within the Palma de Mallorca central district was 0°C back on the 27th January 2005. At the Palma de Mallorca airport, the coldest temperature dropped down to -6°C. Once again, the urban heat island effect is in operation over the city and consequently this region of Majorca normally records the warmest nights when there's light winds and clear skies. If the night is windy, then the overnight temperatures will be milder over all regions of Majorca since wind prevents cold air pooling into low lying areas. The coastal areas outside the city record minimum temperatures that are up to 10°C warmer than these inland regions. So, if you love taking a walk early in the morning, then stay in accommodation right on the coast since it's warmer.
During the daytime, the maximum temperatures tend to hover between 14°C and 16°C. You'll see the occassional day when the temperature rises towards 19-20°C. Such warm weather in Majorca means that a cold front is approaching and so when the cold air mass has passed through, expect below average temperatures of between 13-14°C.
There are times in January when you'll notice that the sky is cloud free. In fact, such days are more common during January than in December and February. Such beautiful weather in Majorca in January is normally followed by cold, clear nights, and so you'll need to make sure that you bring adequate warm clothing for when you plan to go out at night.
However, since the weather in Majorca in the winter time is unpredictable and since January is still part of the so-called rainy season, then you may unfortunately experience some rain while you're staying here. In most years in January, the rain is not normally heavy enough to cause you any problems, but it can do. On the 25th January 1991, Palma de Mallorca city recorded 56mm of rain from a thunderstorm, which resulted in flash flooding. Many local residents were caught by surprise. Of course, this extreme rainfall event is quite uncommon. Furthermore, since there is much year-to-year rainfall variability, then you may actually find that you're more likely to have very little rain during your stay since drought conditions are common in Majorca.
So if you really want to travel to Majorca during January, then go for it. The weather in Majorca at this time of the year is certainly brisk at times in the mornings and the rain definitely won't be heavy enough to ruin your holiday. By the way, did I mention that January is one of the cheapest months to travel here. If you enjoy being surrounded by people, then you should change your holiday plans to the summer months, since January is pretty quiet.
Weather in Majorca in February
The weather in Majorca in February is very similar to January. The daytime maximum temperatures hover around 14-17°C but there will be the odd day when the temperature rises to around 22°C. The highest recorded maximum temperature for February is 24.4°C in Palma de Mallorca city. However, since this is still winter time, you can be assured that such warm temperatures will not last long, especially if a strong cold front passes through Majorca.
On at least 3-4 days maximum daytime temperature do not rise above 12°C near the coast. Over the mountains, you'll be lucky to see maximum temperatures above 0°C on such days. Consequently, heavy snow is quite common over the Tramuntana mountains during January and February. In fact, snow can make driving hazardous and many tourists are surprised to hear that it can snow in Majorca.
The minimum overnight temperatures during February is almost identical to the January temperatures. The city of Palma de Mallorca is the warmest location in Majorca during February followed by the surrounding coastline. The coldest night time temperatures occur when there's no wind and the sky is without cloud.
The lowest ever temperature recorded during February in Palma de Mallorca city is 0.6°C. In comparison, Palma de Mallorca airport has reported temperatures as low as -10°C. However, no matter where you stay on Majorca, you're sure to see some light frost about so make sure you bring warm clothing. On most nights along the coastline away from Palma de Mallorca, the minimum temperature will hover between 2°C and 5°C. There will be the occasional night when the temperature doesn't drop below 12°C and at the other end of the spectrum, the temperature drops down to freezing point.
The most important weather event that you're probably worried about is will it rain for the whole time that you stay here. The answer to this is almost certainly no, but you may see some rain about as a cold front passes through Majorca. Recently, back on the 24th February 2006, the city of Palma de Mallorca recorded 40mm of rain during a thunderstorm. This rain was widespread over the northern part of Majorca Very little rain was recorded in the far southern regions (since this is the driest part of Majorca). Normally, most of the heavy precipitation falls in the Tramuntana mountains and along the north west coastal fringe. Much of the far southern inland and coastal areas typically records only about 10-20mm for the whole month.
Most days in early February will be quite cloudy. The later part of February is sunnier. There's normally a short spell of sunshine during most afternoons but there is much year-to-year variability. In times of drought, cloudy periods become less common than sunshine.
The wind can be a nuisance at times when it's raining but it's infrequent on sunny days. For many days in February, the wind should be sufficiently light, which of course means you'll able to pursue outdoor activities like golf or bike riding.
Weather in Majorca in March
The weather in Majorca in March tends to be cool with the occasional wet day but generally there is less rain in March than there is in February. In fact, Palma de Mallorca city records only 26mm for the whole month on average.
However, once every 10 years or so, the weather in Majorca in March turns nasty and prolonged rain lasting more than two consecutive days occurs. Even during such episodes, you can guarantee that most of this heavy rain will fall over the far north western coastal parts of Majorca as well as the Tramuntana mountains. The lowest rainfall totals normally always occur over the Campos basin (i.e. the far southern inland and coastal areas of Majorca).
The only severe weather event that you may have to worry about is hailstorms. Yes, March is the start of hailstorm season. These hailstorms occur more so over the inland and southern districts of Majorca. You'll normally get plenty of warning if you pay attention to the local weather forecasts each morning and keep an eye on the clouds. It will be in your best interest to obtain insurance if you plan to hire a car whilst you're holidaying in Majorca in March.
Night time during March is still quite cold in many parts of Majorca, and so you'll need to make sure you bring adequate warm clothing if you plan to go out in the evening or the early morning. While the weather in Majorca is not as cold as February, there still will be areas of frost over Majorca's southern inland and mountainous areas. If you're staying in Palma de Mallorca, then expect the overnight minimum temperature to drop down to between 7°C and 10°C. The coldest nights normally occur in the first two weeks of March. If the night is cloudy or particularly windy, then the night time temperatures will be warmer than the monthly average minimum temperature.
In comparison, the average maximum daytime temperature hovers between 16-18°C at Palma de Mallorca. You will see at least one day in March when the daytime maximum reaches as high as 24°C. This normally occurs during the last week in March. In most years, the maximum daytime temperatures in March fluctuate from day-to-day, but overall, it gradually becomes warmer with each passing week. Officially, the highest ever recorded maximum temperature in March at Palma de Mallorca airport is 28.6°C. Such high temperatures in March only occur in times of drought.
If you're looking to get a tan, then you maybe in luck. The sun shines for approximately 204 hours during March in most coastal areas of Majorca. You shouldn't complain about that since southern England receives only about 106 hours of sunlight for the whole month of March. There will be of course days when the sun will be hidden behind clouds but, in most years, there's far more sun than clouds by the end of March.
Overall, the weather in Majorca in March is quite pleasant (but as I've previously mentioned, severe storms can form at anytime throughout this month. So please keep watching the sky if the day is particularly warm and sunny as you may see a thunderstorm form nearby. Many people, and I'm sure you will too enjoy visiting Majorca at this time of the year. You can, if you like, go to the beach but you'll soon realise that the water is too cold for swimming unless you wear a wetsuit.
Weather in Majorca in April
April is generally a great time of year to visit Majorca since the temperatures are beginning to become much warmer and the days are frequently less cloudy. However, the weather in Majorca in April is not always pleasant. Hailstorms may pose a risk, especially in early to mid-April, so you may want to remember this if you're planning to enjoy outdoor activities.
Of course, if Majorca is going through a drought, then you may not have to worry about hailstorms.
With regards to the temperature, maximum daytime temperatures during April hover around 18-22°C. There will of course be much fluctuations in maximum temperatures during April, as some days may feel like summer has arrived. Such days will record maximum temperatures close to 26°C. The highest ever recorded maximum temperature in April at Palma de Mallorca is 28.0°C back on the 25th April 1992. However, these warm days won't last long and are usually followed by quite cold weather (maximum temperatures reaching only about 17°C). So that means, you'll still have to pack some warm clothes in with the rest of your luggage.
At night, the temperatures in April are still quite chilly. Most regions of Majorca outside of Palma de Mallorca record minimum temperatures of between 6-9°C. The colder overnight temperatures normally occur within the first two weeks of April and then milder night time temperatures begin to become the norm. The coldest temperature ever recorded in April at Palma de Mallorca Airport is -2.0°C. If you're planning to stay in accommodation up in the mountains, overnight temperatures of -5°C is still quite common.
Most of the rain that falls during April is convective in nature (i.e. due to thunderstorms). The majority of these thunderstorms are not severe and won't produce hail, just short bursts of heavy rain. However, severe storms that produce hail are more common over the southern parts of Majorca since this region has flat terrain and this aids their formation. Thankfully, hailstorms are very localised, so while one part of Majorca may be hit by hail, another part which maybe only a few kilometres down the road will have missed out. Like most thunderstorms across the world, they normally form in early afternoon and disappear after the sun sets. Rainfall in Majorca during such thunderstorms is generally quite heavy but is of short duration (less than three hours). So that means when there is a thunderstorm occurring, you won't have to necessarily cancel your outdoor activities.
As previously mentioned, there are less overcast days in April and so you'll be able to soak up the sun's rays during on at least 4-5 hours each day before a storm hits in the afternoon (if it arrives at all). Remember to bring some sunscreen so you avoid getting sunburnt and wear sun glasses since it can get quite glary at this time of the year.
On most days, the winds along the coastal areas of Majorca are quite light and variable. You can expect a sea breeze to form by midday on the warmest days in April and they can get quite gusty at times, especially in the bays of Alcudia and Palma.
Weather in Majorca in May
A majority of the thunderstorm activity will have decreased during early May since more stable atmospheric conditions begin to dominate the weather in Majorca at this time of the year. There might be an afternoon shower or two about, but even these will become less common by the end of the month. There is of course much year-to-year variability as back in May 2008, many parts of Majorca recorded 150 to 220mm of rain over a 6 day period due to ongoing thunderstorm activity. In fact, that was the highest ever recorded rainfall total for May.
However, given Majorca's proximity to North Africa, you may find that the heavy rain I've spoken about doesn't eventuate during the time you're holidaying there. Majorca typically alternates between 3-4 years of dry May weather followed by one relatively wet May. What can be said is that the weather in Majorca in early May is a combination of seasons thrown together. At no time in May will the weather in Majorca be so bad that you'll have to pack up and leave since May is near the start of the dry season. As such, cloudy weather will become nearly unheard of by the end of May and so you can be sure you'll be seeing plenty of sunshine during this time.
The night time minimum temperatures across Majorca in early May rarely drop below 5°C. You'll find that the temperatures along the coastal areas outside of Palma de Mallorca range from 7°C to 11°C during the first two weeks of May. These minimum overnight temperatures will rise to hover between 10°C and 13°C by the end of May. Palma de Mallorca is normally 3-4°C warmer at night than any township located along Majorca's coastline, so that shows you the impact the city has upon the local weather in Majorca.
During the day, maximum temperatures in May are 3-4°C higher than the April maximum temperatures. Most days in early May will record daytime maximum temperatures as low as 20°C on overcast days to as high as 23-24°C on particularly sunny days. From the middle of May onwards, the maximum temperature will range between 23°C and 26°C. There will be at least two days when the temperature rises to 29-30°C across most of Majorca (except in the Tramuntana mountains).
During May, sea breezes begin to become a little stronger from 1pm onwards and so if you enjoy water sports, then this may be a great time of year to pursue this activity. Even though the maximum daytime temperatures are not overly hot, you will still receive some form of skin damage if you stay out in the sun for more than 30-40 minutes. To avoid this, bring some sunscreen and sun glasses with you on your trip to Majorca in May.
You may also want to read the weather hazards information for Majorca (Mallorca). It covers nearly all aspects of possible storms, heat, flooding and other severe weather that you may encounter while you're holidaying in Majorca. Once you've read through this, you'll be well informed about what you can expect on your trip to Majorca.
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