Cold wave and snow in Malaga in January

January brings cold temperatures from the past Monday 8 until; this cold bring snow in Malaga to lower altitudes.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Continue reading for an update at the bottom of this page…I will continue posting the latest information about cold and snow Malaga this week.

Snow in Malaga in 2018

Snow can be found above 900 meters. Excepcionally hail covered Fuengirola beach in the Monday morning.

There was an intense snow on Malaga mountains.

Antequera is under yellow alert. The snow in this municipality and Torcal caused a closure of some roads.

Low temperatures this week

The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 4ºC and 6ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 14ºC and 16ºC.

In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 1ºC and snow can even reach those or other areas like Malaga Mountains.

Temperatures are too low and it is not the normal weather in the south, in the incoming days temperatures are expected to be back to normal.

After all low temperatures will happen during the night, the daytime temperatures are mild.

Snow in Malaga

The famous snow in Malaga the 3rd in February in 1954 is in the memory of many locals. One day when they woke up with snow covering the streets up to 1 meter deep.

Locals enjoying the morning throwing snow balls.

This situation is very strange to happen and before 1954 the only notice about this happening again goes back to 1882. The temperature registered the famous snow day was between 0,5ºC and 5ºC.

Those who were young by that date have very funny memories of the day. A free school Wednesday by surprise when they could enjoy the day by throwing snow balls and a cinema afternoon without homework.

Guadalmedina river in the morning was a picture more likely from Nordic countries than from southern Spain.

Snow reached other municipalities in Malaga like Marbella and Estepona.

Is it likely to snow in Malaga again?

It would be a very strange success that the snow weather from 1954 happens again. This week could it snow but from 300m above the sea level.

It does exist the possibility of snow over the Malaga Mountains during the next days.

In an exceptional situation there could be snowy roads connecting the interior villages with the coast. I recommend to pay attention to the weather forecast if you are driving this week.

snow covering mountains next to Malaga airport
Photo taken this morning, look at the mountains next to the airport

It is going to snow in Malaga, although it is a very strange success to happen it did in the past. Logic makes us think that at some point the event will happen…but we don´t know when.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Weekend getaway with snow in Malaga

This weekend could be perfect to enjoy the beautiful snow landscapes in the province.

Although this is not the great snowfall produced in 1954 on the city and the coastal zones, snow has been produced at low altitudes. If you go by car you will not have to drive long to enjoy a snowy day in Malaga.

If you are looking for snowy places in the province for this weekend you should head to Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves or Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. As the weekend progresses the fallen snow will melt, although it will be conserved in areas close to 1000 meters of altitude.

Don’t be afraid if coming for holiday in January or February to Malaga

Don’t be afraid, news about the cold wave coming to Malaga and lower temperatures are more related to the night than to the day and this situation will last not long, only until the Sunday or Monday.

You can check the actual weather and temperature in Malaga from our website.

If you are looking for snow activities you can go to Sierra Nevada, very close to Malaga by car.

Autumn in Malaga – Average temperature and climate

These days autumn officially begins on the Costa del Sol. Far from the typical image that might come to mind, with rainy, gray days and falling leaves, in Malaga and the Costa del Sol the sun still shines with strength and delight in a blue sky.


Malaga is not only the southernmost coast of Europe but is also protected by mountain ranges from the cold winds coming from the north, giving a mild climate in winter. In fact, winter as we know it, on the Costa del Sol is virtually nonexistent, as autumn changes directly into spring.

Temperature the last week of September

What are the typical temperatures of the Costa del Sol in autumn? We consult the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET): During the last week of September will come the first rains after a long, hot summer. During these days we are also beginning to notice a descent in morning temperatures to around 18º C (64.4º F), while during the day they increase to 26º C (78.8ºF).

Temperature in October, November and December

By October it is expected a decrease of 4 degrees Celsius. Thus, thermometers register on average 19º C (66.2º F) in October, 15.4º C (59.7º F) in November and 12.9º C (55.0º F) in December. This basically means that mornings and nights are becoming cooler, while during midday and afternoon temperatures can rise without problem to 20º/25º C (68º/77º F) on sunny days.

Rain in Autumn

Estimates suggest that precipitation will be within the average and thus it will not be a particularly rainy season. The rainiest of those months is November, but it doesn’t mean it will rain much during that month.

For those who like long walks on the beach, from now on we can enjoy a beautiful performance of colors in the clouds at sunset.

Costa del Sol: Sun, summer, heat waves and health habits

On the occasion of the first heat wave that is coming today to Malaga and the Costa del Sol with temperatures up to 38º C (100.4º F) we think that it wouldn´t hurt to remind our visitors some basic tips to deal with this heat without “peeling off too much” in the attempt.

And this goes literally: Each year the author of this article has to observe a large number of tourists with fair skin from Nordic countries, who in their quest to acquire a nice tan exposed to the sun for too long time, resulting in most cases a color similar to a cooked crustacean shellfish… No, I’m not laughing, it most probably hurts!

Moreover, taking into account death rates in Britain and Germany, each with 2,000 fatal cases of melanomas per year and Spain with 700, you may want to enjoy a relaxing holiday in all aspects… so less craving for this tan which is not necessarily synonymous with “healthy”.

Who is in Malaga at this moment, with very high temperatures, understandably thinks only one thing: Refreshment! At 38º C and very dry winds from the west, even the “veterans” are puffing and everybody is looking for a place on the beach or pool. So far so good.

Now, who happens to roast under the merciless midday sun? A lot of people!

Enduring below their parasol and a bit of shade while you cannot walk on the sand without burning your feet.

Regarding the sunscreen and taking into account the solar radiation that prevails in these parts, we must choose one with a high protection factor, not skimping on the amount applied and reapply often, especially after bathing. Those wishing to take the sun in order to tan your skin should do it gradually and apply sunscreen from the first day to the last. It is wrong to consider that you do not need to be protected under a parasol, when the day is cloudy or in the water.

So we recommend you to discover the famous Spanish siesta, which basically consists in withdrawing during the hottest hours to rest a bit. Some prefer to spend their “nap time” in a beach bar below a good shade and a cold beer in hand; others rest after eating or even sleep for a while. Whatsoever, the appropriate thing is not to expose to midday sun. We can enjoy many hours of sunshine during the morning and evening, think about it.

Oh and one last thing: The internal hydration, let´s say. Understandably, some people think of cold beer to beat the heat. However, we strongly recommend that you drink plenty of water and fruit juice to counterbalance the fluid loss. A hat is not bad. And for the ladies we have this great invention that is the Spanish fan (Abanico). Well, I have already been enough of a pain in the neck.

Go ahead and enjoy!

Summer temperatures in Malaga in the middle of December

In the past two weeks, winter advanced in the middle of autumn, however yesterday there was a temperature more characteristic of spring and almost summer. In other words, a week when the weather has become a little crazy, with snow and frost in the northern half of Spain, wind, storms and now heat in the south.

In Torremolinos and Malaga temperatures reached 25ºC and in the interior such as Ronda, it reached even 27ºC, to the surprise of locals and visitors. Because of this mass of warm air from Africa, these temperatures are an historical record for this time of year. Although Malaga there is never really cold weather, the winter average is usually between about 12ºC and 20ºC during the day.

Malaga, where the temperature is taken at Malaga airport as reference for the entire province, did not reach the highest temperature yesterday. The maximum was 23.4 degrees “only”, but enough to see the difference in comparison with the historical average temperature for December which is six degrees lower. The good weather will continue, but it won´t be no longer so hot.

Who went for a stroll over the past two days along the sea promenades of the Costa del Sol, could see a quite typical image of Malaga during the winter months: While many passers-by were carrying scarves and coats, clad in heavy boots and tights, obviously sweating and casting slightly envious glances to more lightly clad passers-by, many of them in short sleeves and some male walkers even bare-chested, there were even quite a few who enjoyed the sun on the beach in a swimsuit and a sea smooth as glass, without breeze, a day of luxury on the Costa del Sol!

Snowfall and glacial temperatures continue to disrupt European air traffic

Snow and freezing temperatures continue to disrupt air traffic in Europe, with delays and cancellations are in many parts of Europe because of the snowstorm. The most affected airport is Gatwick airport, which is closed from yesterday until further notice due to difficult weather conditions and other airports which have closed during the night, are scheduled to open during the day.

In many European airports are expected as well today delays and cancellations due to the bad weather conditions. Yesterdays were canceled 79% of flights between Spanish airports and London following the closure of Gatwick Airport because of heavy snowfall in the last hours in the city.

Frankfurt airport, the largest airport in Europe, had already to cancel 40 flights, 25 landings and 15 takeoffs for today, according to a spokesman. There are also difficult conditions in other European airports due to the bad weather, especially in Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Manchester, Cardiff and Amsterdam. Currently are closed the airports of Gatwick (London), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Geneva (Switzerland), while the German airports of Frankfurt and Munich had to cancel many flights for the second consecutive day and Brussels airport has many delays. The German Weather Service has informed that the low temperatures and snow will continue at least until the weekend and temperatures will drop further. Great Britain endures the worst snowstorm before winter in two decades.

The rail traffic also suffers interruptions and suspensions. The company Eurostar recommends travelers to postpone their travel.