Madrid - A city of many seasons.
Madrid has been the capital of Spain since 1562 and is located in the middle of Meseta and can be found at 646 meters (2,119 feet) above sea level. In fact Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe. So just what is the climate in Madrid Spain like?
Due to its central location and because it is at such a high altitude the climate in Madrid consists of warm dry summers and cool winters. Also because of its close proximity to the mountains this often causes some wide degrees of variation in the winter and summer temperatures that are found in Madrid. Certainly during the summer the heat at noon can often be very intense and many people prefer to find some where cool and shaded whilst the evenings are often pleasantly cool but not cold.
However, when winter arrives you will often find that the climate in Madrid changes dramatically. Certainly during this time of year the temperatures can often be just below freezing. The only thing that the weather in Madrid does not have much of is rain. You will usually find that there is a very short rainy season during late October and the occasional shower in spring but that is about all.
Certainly the climate in Madrid is temperate for this part of the Mediterranean. Often during the summer months the temperatures in Madrid can go above 30 degrees centigrade during the month of July and in some cases has been known to go as high as 40 degrees centigrade. However because it is at such a high altitude many people find that the climate in this city is very dry compared to that of say Seville, Grenada or Cadiz another three of the major tourist vacation hotspots in Spain.
Whilst the climate during the winter months is very different from many other parts of Spain due its location and height above sea level. In many cases you will often find that snow falls during the winter months and if you are really into skiing or other winter sports than this is the ideal place to visit as the mountains close by often have snow on them for most of the year.
As you can see from above the climate in Madrid Spain varies widely throughout the year and the Spaniards who live in Madrid will describe it as nine months of winter and then three months of hell (because of the heat during the summer months).
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