Madrid, Spain: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Madrid, Spain? If you're planning to go to Madrid, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Madrid, Spain

Based on the climate and weather in Madrid, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Madrid, Spain by month

January

If you go to Madrid in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

February

February in Madrid is brisk. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat

March

If you are traveling to Madrid in March, you will notice that it is cool. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C). There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks

April

April in Madrid can be chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts

May

If you visit Madrid during May, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear

June

June in Madrid is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear

July

July for Madrid is consistently hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots

August

August here is really hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

September

September here is a perfect temperature and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

October

October in this region is mild. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear

November

If you visit Madrid during November, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally around 60 during the day. There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece

December

If you visit Madrid during December, you are likely to find that it can be brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Madrid, Spain

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Madrid, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Madrid
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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