The Galician coast has a predominantely temperate Atlantic climate. The effect of this climate on the coast are mild winter days with temperatures averaging between 13º-15º C. At night the temperature rarely falls below zero. Therefore, an abundance of trees and plants grow on the Atlantic coast, which are native to the Mediterranean: palms and citrus trees, loquats, and fig trees are everywhere in Galician gardens. When the gardens fall into hibernation in other parts of Europe, Galician gardens develop their largest blaze of color. It is harvest time for many exotic fruits: kiwi, persimmons, and pomegranates hang ripe on the branches. Oranges and lemons stand out as bright splashes of color between the green leaves. It is the time of the winter-flowering azaleas, acacias, eucalyptus trees, gorses, magnolias, camellias, and callas. Everywhere you look is full of colorful blooms! Sun and some short, heavy rain showers alternate. In between, the clouds break up and show a cloudless, blue sky. The proximity to the Gulf Stream brings mild-warm air. The daily temperatures are between 5º-10ºC in the morning, 15º-20ºC at noon, and in the evening 10º-15º C. Sunset time in early February: at about 7 p.m.(i.e. 1.5 h later than in Germany)
For a glimpse into Galicia's gardens and flowers, you are welcome to read our trip report "Magic flowers in winter - impressions of our trip to the camellias" (February 2013)
The Galician coast has a predominantely temperate Atlantic climate. The effect of this climate on the coast are mild temperatures all year round. From April to June, the average temperatures are 10ºC in the morning, 15º-20ºC during the day, and 10ºC at night. The weather can sometimes be spring-like (short showers that can be heavy), or quite summery (temperatures up to 25ºC).
The Galician Inland has a mixed Continental-Mediterranean climate. The effect of this climate on the inland are cool nights and warm days. The average temperatures in April and May are: morning 5º-10ºC, at noon 15º-25ºC, in the evening 10º-15ºC. The weather can sometimes be spring-like (light drizzle) or quite summery. In June, the weather is progressively warmer with temperatures up to 30ºC.
In April and May, countless wild flowers, gorse, and heather bathe the mountains in colors.
July to September are the hottest and driest months in Galicia. On the coast, the temperatures due to the mild Atlantic climate, however, are moderate. Mornings and evenings are mostly cool so that the temperatures vary by the time of day: in the morning about 15º-20ºC, at noon 20º-30ºC, at night 15º-20ºC. In exceptional cases, the temperatures rise up to 35 degrees around noon. Although it rarely rains in these months, short showers can sometimes occur. The rain typically withdraws quickly and it is sunny again. The temperatures of the Atlantic ocean are between 18º-22ºC.
The Galician Inland has a mixed Continental-Mediterranean climate. The effect of this climate on the inland are high temperature variations between day and night. From July to September, the average temperatures are 15ºC in the morning and climb up to 30-35ºC in the afternoon. The valleys and canyons of the Miño and Sil rivers often reach maximum temperatures of up to 40ºC. The shady woods prevent overheating while hiking. Rivers and mountain streams offer cool refreshment. There are innumerous river beaches or natural water pools in the streams. In the evening, temperatures drop to approx. 15-20ºC. It seldom rains. At times, there might be early morning mist in the valleys.