Weather in Valencia is very favourable. The location of the city, in the centre of the Gulf of Valencia, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, produces very mild and pleasant temperatures, especially during spring and autumn. The summers are hot and humid, but the nearby beaches help the city’s inhabitants to cool off in the months of July and August and better enjoy the Valencian climate.
How does the wind affect the weather in Valencia?
The Levante wind prevails along the Valencian coast and the Mediterranean breezes help to mitigate the intense heat during the summer. Furthermore, the proximity of the beaches (Malvarrosa, Arenas, Saler and Perellonet) and ports always encourage the locals to stay close to the Mediterranean sea throughout the whole year, especially when the weather is at its hottest. In Valencia we also have the westerly winds, which come from the interior of the Iberian Peninsula and that tend to cause higher temperatures. They are also associated with the most devastating forest fires suffered by the mountain regions that surround the plains of L’horta. The Levante wind also has a tendency to bring rain. It must also be said that during the autumn one finds oneself checking the sky quite often for fear of the cold drops that might become torrential downpours. This is something that can occur all too often in this region and has resulted in serious flooding, as was the case in 1957 when the river Turia broke its banks.
The abundance of cooling breezes in the Gulf of Valencia makes it a natural location for water sports and helped the city be selected for the 2007 America’s Cup, the most famous sailing competition in the world. It is this mild climate that makes it easier for Valencians to make the most of the street life, often until the early hours of the morning.