Menorca Weather Guide
What is weather really like?
What is weather really like?
Everyone wants to wish the weather perfect for their holiday but being prepared is even better. So just what it it like in April , May and October for that last sun before winter? The weather in Menorca during the summer season is generally dry with a cooling breeze. Menorca enjoys over 300 days with sunshine a year and it is rare for a day to be without some sunshine.
Spring time ( late March to April ) is a wonderful time to visit the island. Before the heat of the summer lies across the island, the air is lighter, the views sharper as if the winter has "cleaned the air" and of course the spring colours make the landscape so much more vivid.
And of course having arrived from much further north you will find the temperatures significantly warmer than back home.
April is best for activities kayaking, horseriding, walking and cycling. It's also a great time to explore Menorca's towns and villages and enjoy (lower priced ) outdoor lunches with the sun in your face.
May is when the temperatures relly start to rise. The weather in can be fabulous, certainly T-shirt and tanning warm, but take a light jacket for the evenings. The sea will not yet have warmed up from winter temperature lows but make for a refreshing swim in empty waters.
The seas are very often warmer in October than in April or May as the summer sun has warmed up the shallow waters. Many charts on the internet will quote October as the wettest month but they tend to be old data and its relative anyway with just 9 days on average. In any event Menorca will rarely have a full day of rain except in Winter ( dec-jan ) , so showers will usually clear up into sunny skies quickly.
The peak summer holidays period will range up to high 30s though the breeze makes it more comfortable. Never ever under estimate the sun's strength here,lots of sun cream - the summer breezes will deceive you.
Once you are there here is some practical advice - not having any significant mountains to trap and attract them any clouds will generally clear up before 2pm if the weather in menorca is localised and not set for the rest of the day. That's our bench mark.
Want a good tan?
The sun is much stronger here so for a lasting brown tan, rather than a pink glow sunbathe early morning and after 16:00 upto sunset -picnic on the beach. Your skin will be better too!
What's this about Menorca being called the windy island? Well to correct any holiday maker concerns its just like any other small island in the middle of a lot of water with huge land masses that heat up/cool off north and south of it - there will be some wind! This is actually good news because in Summer during the day there is generally a very pleasant light cooling breeze rather than heavy stale hot air and it also makes for great sailing. The "bad winds" are in winter because Africa is hot compared to Europe so north winds will come in off the water and there is no natural protection off the north coast just open water. However don't let the summer breeze fool you into using less suncream!
Being a small island overnight there will be heavy dew so don't leave any cushions, clothes etc outside - they will get soaked!
Evenings. It might chill as the breeze picks up so always pack one thin but warming clothing item to take out if you want to stay outside 'till late.
It still amazes us to this day but it can be sunny at one end and cloudier at the other end of the island. If you're mobile you'll find the sun!