Semana Santa, also known as Holy Week, is scheduled to take place between April 2nd and 9th this year. Traditionally, the weather in Spain during Easter can be unpredictable, and April is known for its rainfall.
Although Easter week is still over a week away, forecasters have already published their predictions. While the forecasts are subject to change, here's a general overview of what to expect during the holiday period.
Currently, weather forecasts indicate that the final week of March will be characterized by unseasonably high temperatures. Just before the start of Holy Week, it will feel like summer as temperatures soar. Much of the country is expected to exceed 25ºC, while certain areas in the southern part of the peninsula and the Canary Islands may reach 30ºC or higher.
But what will the temperatures look like from the first weekend of Holy Week?
Spain's national meteorological agency, AEMET, has issued a forecast for abnormally warm temperatures during Easter week, with far less rainfall than usual.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has predicted higher-than-average temperatures in the central and southern regions of the Iberian Peninsula, including the Canary Islands, with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius.
However, temperatures are expected to drop in the north of the peninsula. AEMET spokesperson, Rubén Del Campo, warns that weather conditions can change and forecasts are not definitive due to the variable nature of the spring season. He added that the temperatures will be mild, a little warmer than normal for the time of year, but not too much warmer.
In Santander, for example, the maximum temperature on Wednesday will be 27 degrees, while on Sunday it will be just 14 degrees. AEMET also warns of a spell of rain in Vigo, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilbao, and Santander, and snow is expected from Saturday onwards in the Pyrenees.
Aside from rainfall, AEMET states that the temperatures are expected to be above average for this time of the year in the central and southern regions of the Iberian Peninsula during Easter week. Rubén Del Campo stated that “The forecasts indicate that during the week of 3 to 9 April, coinciding with Easter, temperatures could be above the normal average for the time of year”.
The temperatures in the south, east, and centre of the Spanish peninsula, as well as the Balearic Islands, will be particularly warm. Meanwhile, the north of Spain will experience a significant variation in temperatures. Despite rainfall being expected, the Easter week in most of Spain will not see much of it, with Balearic Islands and some regions of the country experiencing higher temperatures.
AEMET warns that the weather conditions can change, and forecasts are not definitive due to the variable nature of the spring season. As such, uncertainty will always be present in terms of the weather. It added, “So uncertainty will never cease to be present in terms of the weather”. Therefore, it is advisable for individuals to stay up-to-date with the latest weather reports and forecasts to ensure they are adequately prepared.