The weather in Ronda is fairly typical of Southern Spain, however being surrounded by mountains gives Ronda some unique weather patterns making our summers and winters a bit different from the Costa del Sol. First of all we’re situated several hundred metres higher than the coast, and on top of a plateau surrounded by lower valleys and higher mountains, often meaning the weather in Ronda can be markedly different from even some of the nearer villages such as Montecorto or Grazalema.
The four seasons tend to blend into one another more here in Ronda than you’d expect, late spring, summer and the beginnings of autumn tend to be fairly similar, with the exception of August where the summer heat increases substantially but still less than the coast or Sevilla. On average Ronda is about 5 degrees cooler.
A good rule of thumb about weather in Ronda is to say that the hottest part of summer really only lasts about a month and a half, and the really cold part of winter lasts about two months. The times in between are either cool or hot, rainy or not rainy. Yup, it does sound funny, and we just have to get used to it.
Many homes and apartments in the Ronda area have clay tile floors which in summer are fantastic for absorbing the heat, and of course walking barefoot over a cool tile is heaven in these months. Winter is different though, you will probably curse the lack of carpeting, so make you sure you have a few pairs of warm socks and a pair of slippers in the cupboard for the winter months.
Months of the Year
Early January is when Spaniards celebrate Christmas, and the time of the year for sales, and in Ronda this is a must-be-here time of year since citywide sales are rare at other times. The weather is generally cooler with frigid winds, and snow is not unknown but it’s more likely you’ll get rained on so an umbrella is a definite must. Days are much warmer than the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and it’s not uncommon to see Rondeños wearing thick heavy jackets while tourists saunter around in shirt sleeves. Nights can be bitterly cold. Read about the Sierra de Grazalema Wildflowers of January.
February is much like January but mother nature sees things differently and around the middle of February you’ll see all sorts of wonderful wild flowers many of which are endemic to the Serrania surrounding Ronda. This is a great time to take a drive into the campo and go for decent walks but try to get home before dark because the evenings are still cold. Sunny days in February can be deceptive, and if the wind picks up be sure to have a heavy jumper with you.
March is a wonderful time of year to get out and about, you’ll still need a jumper or jacket but the air is fresh, the sky a wonderful clear blue, any rain you get won’t feel like icicles pricking your skin, and the heat in the middle of the day is just perfect. By now most of the campo flowers are out and the sides of the carreteras are filled with colour. Evenings are still chilly and you might need a heater but you can certainly enjoy sitting outdoors at sunset with a good coat. Read about the Sierra de Grazalema Wildflowers of March.
April seems to take a step backward for most of us, I’m not sure if it actually gets colder, or if our bodies are expecting summer so we feel the cold when that doesn’t eventuate. Swimming in April starts to become possible although the water will still feel like the Arctic, but daytime temperatures feel warm, evenings less cool. The morning fog quickly disappears and by 10am the skies are a lovely clear blue, this is a great month to enjoy the little plazas and parks in Ronda with lots of colour and occasional days with temperatures that make for shirt sleeves. April showers are renowned the world over for quick flooding; luckily Ronda is spared this being high on the plateau, but the evening news may start showing scenes of flooding in Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga, or the Islands. Read about the Sierra de Grazalema Wildflowers of April.
May can be a good month or a bad month depending on the severity of the rainfall, but it’s fair to say that generally the daytime and evening temperatures are ideally suited to long afternoon barbecues that stretch into the evenings. Tourists from the North generally make the most of this weather seeming to live in shorts and sandals and not noticing the evening chill until very late, although Rondeños will usually have a light jumper or coat on soon after sunset. Wildflowers of May in the Sierra de Grazalema.
June ushers in the summer holidays in Spain, with most schools closing till mid August. Spaniards make the most of the next three months preferring to rise later and use the evenings for socialising, an activity that may see them stay up till the wee hours. The days can be hot, and it’s not uncommon to need an air conditioner, although perhaps only for the hottest days. Any rain that falls is usually a pleasure to experience due to being warm and the catalyst for the smell of dry soil in the air.
July is the hottest month in Ronda with daytime temperatures regularly hitting 40 degrees. This is party month in Spain and can be very loud. Ronda seems to become a 24 hour city in July and you wonder how the locals get any sleep. I guess they’re used to the noise and could sleep through an earthquake. The daytime heat is stifling, the evenings hot, and nights unpleasantly warm. Most Spaniards have a late dinner and socialise through the night, sleeping in the relative cool of the mornings.
August is slightly cooler than July but perhaps not noticeably so. I should probably have just written July and August as a single month for all the differences between them. Around this time most of the wild flowers have well and truly gone, the grasses have turned brown and the fire service is desperately worried about scrub fires that could quickly get out of control. Ronda is usually not at risk of fire but the immediate Serrania can be a cause of concern.
September starts to become a bit quieter, the summer school holidays are over, daytime temperatures aren’t quite so harsh, and nights become a little cooler, although not enough to ruin a good night out. Fires are still a major risk in the campo, and the wind has a distinct chill in it again. This is a great month to be seen in Ronda being the month of the Corridas Goyescas culminating in one of the very few bullfights that occur in Ronda.
October is markedly cooler showing distinct signs that Autumn has arrived. The days are very pleasant indeed, leading to this being one of the busiest tourist times of the year as Northern tourists arrive in that twilight zone between the harsh heat of summer and the frigid winter months. Thunder storms for a few days lead to flash floods in other cities, but in Ronda is most likely to mean getting your feet wet while crossing the streets.
November tends to be a cooler, wetter month; actually you’d be forgiven for thinking winter has arrived but persevere, warm days with glorious rays of sun still occur. Expect several days of bleak weather with grey skies, low lying cloud, and lots of drizzle. Clothes won’t dry without a warm fire or gas heater in close proximity, and the ground always feels sodden, not a good time to be traipsing around the campo, but perhaps a fantastic time to experience the many museums of Ronda.
December is cold, at least by Mediterranean standards, although quite possibly considered balmy by Northern Europeans. Expect a fair bit of damp weather, lots of morning fog, and very cold evenings. Even the few days of warm sunshine will lead to a cold night so be prepared and keep plenty of firewood or anticipate an empty gas cylinder (bombona). Christmas in Spain is celebrated in January but December is a busy month of preparations. Spanish TV tends to show a lot of Christmas specials, and most coffee shops will be stocked with Christmas specialties. It may be cold, but we can cope if we have plenty of chocolate. Read about the Sierra de Grazalema Wildflowers of December.
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