Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour
Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales
A Spanish proverb says “En abril, aguas mil”, literally, “April, the month of thousands of showers” analogous to: “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers” or “’If the ash is out before the oak there’s going to be a soak”. T.S. Eliot’s lament “April is the cruelest month” is especially true of Salamanca, which despite not being an excessively rainy city, can have frequent downpours that spoil fiestas such as Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) or the local holiday “Lunes de Aguas” (the first Monday, one week after Easter Sunday). In April, the rigors of the Castilian winter should be gone, yet one should not be too confident. Chaucer’s “sweetest showers” may allow one to go out wearing a jacket, yet they can prove to be very deceiving, and sometimes it can be still freezing. Nevertheless, every cloud has a silver lining, and after a rainstorm the sun will shine and the sky will clear.
April is possibly the most difficult month to characterize. If you come to Salamanca bring light gear yet make sure you also have a winter coat, gloves, a hat and an umbrella since you are likely to need them.
- In April: average temperature 10.5ºC (50.9 ºF)
minimum 4.4ºC (39.9 ºF),
maximum 16.6ºC (61.9 ºF)
- According to the National Meteorological Agency (AEMET) in April average temperatures are:
Average monthly maximum temperature: 15.7º C (60.26ºF)
Average minimum temperature: 3.5 ºC (38.3ºF)
Salamanca is situated in the Northern Spanish meseta, 800 m above sea level, on the banks of the river Tormes, a tributary of the river Duero. It has a Continental Mediterranean climate with cold winters, warm summers, and little rainfall, classified by Köppen and Geiger as Csb, that is, a warm-summer Mediterranean climate.
In Salamanca, the summers are short, warm, and mostly clear; the winters are very cold, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round.
Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from –2ºC (31°F) to 30ºC (86°F) and rarely goes below –6ºC (22°F) or above 36ºC (94°F). Average temperature in the winter is between 4º and 5ºC (39.2ºF and 41ºF). Minimum temperature drops frequently below 0. Rainfall is scarce over the whole year with an annual average of 370mm, yet rain is more frequent in the spring and the fall. The summer is primarily dry with only two days of rain per month.
The cold season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 15 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 13ºC (55°F.) The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of -1ºC (31°F) and average high of 9ºC (48°F).
The hot season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 15 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 25ºC (78°F). The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 30ºC (86°F) and lows of 13.5ºC (56°F). August is the driest month with an average of 11mm, while December the rainiest, 51mm. July and August present temperatures above 30ºC (86º), but it cools down at night and the temperature can drop to 13ºF (55.4ºF).
General Information about the Weather in Salamanca
Meteorological winters are long and cold (approximately 160 days) and summers are shorter and warm (100 days). Minimum absolute temperature registered until the present is -20ºC (on February 5, 1963) and absolute maximum 39.8ºC (on July 31, 1947).
Annual number of days in which the sky is totally clear is 80, average annual sunshine is 2,586 hours.
Rainfall is infrequent, an average of 66 days per year which means an average of 400 mm/year, although there can be tempestuous episodes of high intensity. Maximum absolute rainfall, until 1990, was 59mm (L/m2) as registered on November 3, 1955. Light winds are predominant, although the wind can frequently reach 80km/h and in some cases 100km/h
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