Some of the most frequent things people ask when booking their holiday to Menorca are: “What is the weather be like” or “How hot will it be”…?” Despite changing weather patterns one thing is for sure, the weather on this beautiful and unspoiled island will almost certainly be warmer than it is in the UK. However being an island, and an exposed one at that, Menorca’s climate can be unpredictable with storms arising and disappearing as if out of nowhere, sometimes with spectacular lightening displays out to sea. But the sun never stays away for long, averaging around 300 days of sunshine a year.
February 2012 saw the lowest temperatures recorded in Menorca over the past 40 years, with an average of 7.5 degrees, 3.6 below normal. The cold conditions started the last week of January, after a wonderful period of almost undisturbed mild, sunny weather since well before Christmas, with temperatures often reaching 14 or 15 degrees. This was a huge shock to the system and the temperature continued to fall dramatically with bitterly cold, grey days which felt even colder due to the very strong northerly winds. The wind chill factor took the air temperature down to well below freezing several times, and in Ciutadella a historic low of 0.9 degrees was recorded.
Menorca enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate with mild winters, comfortable hot summers and over 300 days of sunshine per year.
This temperate and varied climate has made Menorca a popular choice with expats as well as an attractive holiday destination. Each season has something unique to offer and this has led to many tourists choosing to visit during the quieter, cooler periods.
Spring in Menorca is beautiful, bursting with life with green landscapes covered in flowers and woodlands ringing out with birdsong. Whilst not guaranteed, the air temperature is generally mild, hovering around the early 20º C, making it a wonderful time to visit Menorca to enjoy activity holidays such as walking, horse riding, and cycling. The sea temperature averages about 16 to 18 degrees, so only for the hardy wish to take a bracing dip!