Malaga province’s shores were packed with beachgoers last weekend. Francis Silva
Will it be beach weather this weekend on the Costa del Sol?

Will it be beach weather this weekend on the Costa del Sol?


Sunday marks Father’s Day in Spain, but will you need a rain umbrella or a sun shade if you are heading out?

Almudena Nogués


Friday, 17 March 2023, 10:13


The sudden variations in temperatures typical of spring have marked a thermal roller coaster of a week in Malaga province and along the Costa del Sol. On Thursday maximums typical of May or June were registered, between 5 and 10C degrees normal. And the good weather seems to have come to stay, although as usual during this season, the swings in temperature will be the main feature.

However, starting today (17 March) new factors come into play. The passage of a weather front will bring rainfall to the northwest of the Spanish mainland and the extreme north and could leave some showers in Andalucía - especially until 12 noon this Friday. At the weekend there is a desire for people to rush to the beach. However, will it be a rain umbrella or sun shade that you need?

At the moment, Spain’s national weather agency Aemet predicts that between Friday and Saturday there will be a marked drop in the temperatures "which will normalise to recover again between Sunday and Monday."

"With the arrival of a front and the change of the winds to the west, daytime temperatures will experience a notable drop in practically the entire country, except in parts of Galicia, Asturias and the Mediterranean," the state forecaster adds.

Forecast for Saturday

On Saturday - according to Aemet - the mercury will be between 14 and 22C in Malaga city. “The water temperature will be around 15.5 degrees, but the wind will be the main feature on the Malaga coast. We will have moderate and sometimes strong gusts in some areas. If we go out very early, it will feel cool due to the wind. So, even if it shows 13 or 14 degrees, the wind chill sensation will make it feel like 8", said the meteorology expert José Luis Escudero on his SUR weather blog 'Storms and lightning'. And he added: “The front that will pass us on Friday will leave a cooler 850 millibar air mass, and this will make the maximum temperatures in those areas around 20 and 21 degrees. If it enters from the west, they will be between 18 and 20 on the coast of Marbella, Torrox and Nerja. The lowest temperatures are expected in the Ronda and Antequera regions, where they will be between 14 and 16 degrees”, he said.

On Saturday, according to Aemet, there will be some rain in Galicia, the eastern Cantabrian Sea and the Pyrenees and across the rest of the country there will be cloudy intervals. A typical spring shower cannot be ruled out in inland areas of the mainland, especially in the east. It is forecast they will be of short duration and significance.

Forecast for Sunday

Sunday will, however, be a day with more stable weather. The rain will be limited to areas in Galicia and the eastern Cantabrian Sea and in the rest of the country there will be clearer skies. The minimum temperatures will drop and there may even be some weak frost in mountain and plateau areas.

In Malaga, the minimum temperatures on Sunday will dance between 5 and 9C in the Ronda and Antequera areas. In the Guadalhorce valley, inland Axarquía and coastal areas between 10 and 14 degrees.

“First thing in the morning the wind will change to the south-southeast along the entire coast, it will be of variable direction in the inland areas of the province. The maximum temperatures will rise compared to Saturday in the Ronda and Antequera areas. Elsewhere the maximum will be between 20 and 23 degrees. Since strong winds are not expected - except for occasional gusts - on Sunday we will be able to enjoy a beautiful Father's Day in Spain and even sunbathe a little on the beach," said Escudero.

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