Climate of Gibraltar

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A strategic position at the entrance to the Mediterranean means Gibraltar experiences localised weather conditions dependant upon the prevailing winds.

Gibraltarís climate is temperate and you can look forward to beautifully warm, dry summers and mild winters, with only roughly 30% of the year experiencing rain.

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During the wet 30% of the year, a rainy spell can sometimes go on for a week or more, often accompanied by wind.

It is quite difficult to get around, mainly because as soon as the rain begins, people who would normally use a bus, moped or walk get into their cars, creating long delays and grid lock in the streets.

Added to this, due to the poor quality of many of Gibraltarís roads, flooding begins, forming large lake-like puddles in most areas.

Forget elegance and fashion - anyone who has been through a rainy spell in Gibraltar knows how vital it is to invest in a good pair of wellies plus full wet weather gear.

When you see the Rock from afar, you might well be alarmed at the pale grey cloud hovering above it when the easterly wind blows.

This is the infamous Levanter cloud that forms due to a warm breeze blowing in from the eastern Mediterranean laden with moisture, condensing fast and causing dark, humid conditions over Gibraltar.

This condition can last just hours, or sometimes days at a time.

If you find yourself at the top of the Rock at this time, the Levanter is a fantastic sight and probably the closest you will ever get to physical contact with the clouds.

Prevailing winds come in from the east (known as Levanter), bringing cool humidity and cloud, or from the west (known as Poniente), bringing clear, dry weather.

Temperatures in summer range from 18-30ºC, while winter brings temperatures of 15-18ºC.

It is extremely rare to experience frost or snow in Gibraltar.