Airline tickets bought, hotel booked, sightseeing itinerary in the works, and the next big task on your to do list is what to pack for your trip. Even if you’re an experienced traveler, the thought of packing your life into one measly suitcase can be a bit of a weight on your shoulders because sometimes you just never know what Mother Nature can throw at you.
If you’ve bought flights to Barcelona, then we’re here to lend you a helping hand when it comes to tackling your suitcase as we’ve compiled our insider tips on what to wear in Barcelona by month. Our suggestions are bundled together by average temperature so just look up which month you’ll be going and see if you should pack a scarf or sandals.
Barcelona Late Fall & Winter Weather
November – December – January – February
Barcelona starts to experience cool weather in November and this is the time when locals finally take their winter coats, scarves, and gloves out of their closets. Though images of Barcelona bring palm trees and beaches to the mind, November-February temperatures average at 13 and 14°C, which may not seem too exaggerated on the “cold” scale, but the high levels of humidity make 13 and 14 seem a lot colder. Though the sun is out most days during these months, having an umbrella on hand is always a good idea because the occasional dark rain cloud does make its way over the “City of Counts”. In these 4 months on average there are 36 days of rain, with the month of November having the most rain. Shorts and sandals will warrant some very weird looks from locals during these months so double think packing them unless you don’t mind wearing the word guiri (foreigner in Spanish) stamped across your forehead.
- November average temperature: 14°C (57.2°F)
- December average temperature: 14°C (57.2°F)
- January average temperature: 13°C (55.4°F)
- February average temperature: 14°C (57.2°F)
Barcelona Spring Weather
March – April
March and April are quite similar when it comes to the average temperature, at only 2°C degrees apart, but March is still considered by locals as part of the Barcelona winter, especially since in recent years Barcelona has seen snow (that actually sticks) in March. These two months also stay true to spring with the occasional rainfall and chilling wind. During March the winter attire of boots, large overcoats, and scarves is still the norm, but once April rolls around the scarves are slowly put away and the emblematic terraces pop up around the city. The sun is out most days and every chance to sit out on a terrace sipping on a cafe con leche (coffee with milk) is taken advantage of, as well as the opportunity to shed a few layers and get the daily dose of Vitamin D. Warning: sandals and shorts still warrant glances from the locals, stick to closed toed shoes and pack layers to take advantage of the moments when a jacket isn’t necessary.
- March average temperature: 15°C (59°F)
- April average temperature: 17°C (62.6°F)
Barcelona Late Spring & Early Summer Weather
May – June
May and June mark the increase in temperatures across the Mediterranean capital, yet with May technically still being spring, there is still the possibility of rain. On average during May there are 10 total days of rainfall and during June, 7 days. Because of this it is important to still keep your umbrella on hand even if you have the image of sunny Barcelona firmly plastered in your mind. As the weather is creeping into the mid-20s (°C) during the day it’s important to bring layers to peel back as mornings and evenings are cooler. The terraces are in full swing starting in May and cruise ships start filling up the ports more and more as summer nears. The locals dress on a day to day basis, if it’s raining then closed toed shoes and light jackets are a must, if the sun is shining then short sleeves and sandals (not flip flops) are okay.
- May average temperature: 23°C (73.4°F)
- June average temperature: 25°C (77°F)
Barcelona Summer Weather:
July – August
Summer is in full swing in Barcelona during July and August. The parks, beaches, terraces, and swimming pools fill up with locals and tourists alike. July is the month with the least chance of rain so it’s okay to leave your umbrella behind, even if it’s raining where you’re from, chances are Barcelona will be basking in the Spanish sun. The temperatures hit the 30s (°C) and above, meaning it is HOT. The humidity in Barcelona makes the heat a sticky one, so the typical Spanish fan will start popping out of purses, especially on public transport, where too many bodies in one place make the heat even more noticeable. July and August are the months when shorts, tanktops, and sandals are definitely OKAY, and quite frankly a must! The sun rises around 6am and sets around 9:30pm, giving Barcelona 15 full hours of sun which means sunscreen is also a must if you don’t want to plaster the word guiri (foreigner) on your forehead again, but this time a very sunburnt one. Warning: Even if the weather is scorching, walking around in a swimsuit or without a top on will warrant the same looks, or even worse, than wearing sandals in December.
- July average temperature: 29°C (84.2°F)
- August average temperature: 30°C (86°F)
Barcelona Late Summer & Early Fall Weather
September – October
Compared to the peak summer months, July and August, during September and October the temperatures drop a bit, but still stay in the mid-20s (°C) on average. These two months can be a bit more unpredicatable than previous months as, especially in September, you enjoy beautiful beach weather one weekend and the next it could be cloudy or rainy. Since September is technically still summer until the 21st of the month, the locals treat it as such and many are still enjoying their vacation until mid-month. In September you can get away with dressing for summer weather, as long as you have a couple layers when it cools off in the evening. As for October, weather can be surprisingly summer-like on some days, but more often than not Barcelona starts to feel their version of the beginning of fall and locals begin to pack away summer attire and exchange it for jeans and jackets. The average amount of precipitation is at it’s highest during September and October so your trusty umbrella is once again a good choice to find a space for in your suitcase.
- September average temperature: 26°C (78.8°F)
- October average temperature: 24°C (75.2°F)
So there you have it, whether you’re heading to the city by the sea during the winter, spring, summer, or fall you now know what to wear in Barcelona!
Average temperatures and rainfall in Barcelona source.