North Wales

Climate

With a balmy year-round climate – not too steamily hot in the summer and with few genuinely cold days in the winter – it is not surprising that Barcelona is attracting an increasing number of visitors.

Columbus Press – World City Guide.

The climate of Barcelona appeals to many visitors because throughout much of the year it is possible to eat outside at pavement cafes, wander around the city in shorts and T-shirt and enjoy the sights of the city from an open–topped tourist bus.

In the summer Barcelona does not get over hot because it is on the coast. This means that tourists can still enjoy exploring the city in guaranteed warm sunshine without getting too hot.

Warm conditions can also be expected in spring and autumn giving Barcelona a long tourist season. Winter climate is cool and wetter but there are few very cold days. It could be said that Barcelona is an all year round short-break city destination.

Activity

Aberystwyth, Wales
Month Average Sunlight hours Average Minimum Temperature Average Maximum Temperature Average Precipitation Wet Days (+2.5mm)
January 2 2 7 97 21
February 3 2 7 72 17
March 4 3 9 60 16
April 5 5 11 56 16
May 6 7 15 65 16
June 7 10 17 76 16
July 5 12 18 99 19
August 5 12 18 93 18
September 4 11 16 108 19
October 3 8 13 118 20
November 2 5 10 111 20
December 2 4 8 96 22
Average: 4 Average: 6 Average: 12 Total Precipitation: 1051 mm Total wet days: 220
Barcelona, Spain
Month Average Sunlight hours Average Minimum Temperature Average Maximum Temperature Average Precipitation Wet Days (+2.5mm)
January 5 6 13 31 5
February 6 7 14 39 5
March 6 9 16 48 8
April 7 11 18 43 9
May 8 14 21 54 8
June 9 18 25 37 6
July 10 21 28 27 4
August 9 21 28 49 6
September 7 19 25 76 7
October 5 15 21 86 9
November 4 11 16 52 6
December 4 8 13 45 6
Average: 6.5 Average: 12.5 Average: 19.5 Total Precipitation: 587 mm Total wet days: 79

Using the information from the tables above, compare the climate figures for Aberystwyth and Barcelona.

Barcelona, Spain
Month Average Sunlight hours Average Minimum Temperature Average Maximum Temperature Average Precipitation Wet Days (+2.5mm)
March
August
October
Aberystwyth, Wales
Month Average Sunlight hours Average Minimum Temperature Average Maximum Temperature Average Precipitation Wet Days (+2.5mm)
March
August
October

Use the figures to explain why the climate of Barcelona is more appealing than the climate of Aberystwyth.

Research

Use the BBC Weather website to compare the climate of Barcelona with other destinations such as your own city or other popular short haul destinations such as Paris and Malta.