Canicula in Spain

What is the Canicula you might ask? In the period from July 15/20 to August 15/20, the bright star Sirius of the constellation of the Great Dog (Can Mayor/Canicula) rises with the sun and is referred to as the height of summer or 'high summer'. In Spain, this period is accompanied by temperatures of up to 40 degrees or even more.

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So the Spanish high summer is accompanied by high temperatures, both during the day and at night, especially in Andalusia, Extremadura, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha, and the Madrid region where temperatures can rise to 40 degrees or even more.

With climate change, it is difficult to indicate what the average temperatures are in Spain today, also because the country is quite large and diverse in terms of weather. But the AEMET, the Spanish meteorological service, speaks of an average temperature of 23 degrees in the summer months, with peaks in the months of June, July, and August. The rainiest month in Spain is June and the warmest month is not August, as in many other European countries, but July.