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Average Weather in Tarragona Spain

In Tarragona, the summers are warm, muggy, and mostly clear; the winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 84°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 88°F.

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 19 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 84°F and low of 70°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.1 months, from November 19 to March 21, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is January 8, with an average low of 40°F and high of 56°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in TarragonaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMchillycomfortablecoldcoolwarm
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In Tarragona, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Tarragona begins around June 15 and lasts for 2.7 months, ending around September 5. On July 14, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 85% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 15% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 5 and lasts for 9.3 months, ending around June 15. On October 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 47% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in TarragonaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 1485%Jul 1485%Oct 3153%Oct 3153%Jun 1569%Jun 1569%Sep 569%Sep 569%partly cloudyclearovercastmostly clearmostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Tarragona varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 9.2 months, from August 24 to May 31, with a greater than 12% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 20% on October 2.

The drier season lasts 2.8 months, from May 31 to August 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on July 14.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 20% on October 2.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in TarragonawetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Oct 220%Oct 220%Jul 145%Jul 145%Jan 111%Jan 111%Aug 2412%Aug 2412%May 3112%May 3112%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Tarragona experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from July 29 to July 3, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 12, with an average total accumulation of 2.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.7 weeks, from July 3 to July 29. The least rain falls around July 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Tarragona varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 13 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in TarragonaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2015 hr, 8 minJun 2115 hr, 8 minJun 2112 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 229 hr, 13 minDec 219 hr, 13 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:21 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 60 minutes later at 8:21 AM on October 28. The earliest sunset is at 5:26 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 5 minutes later at 9:31 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Tarragona during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in TarragonaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMJun 156:21 AMJun 156:21 AM9:31 PMJun 279:31 PMJun 27Dec 75:26 PMDec 75:26 PM8:21 AMOct 288:21 AMOct 28Mar 26DSTMar 26DSTDSTOct 29DSTOct 29daynightnightnightnight
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Tarragona experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from June 14 to October 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 16% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 8, with muggy conditions 65% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in TarragonamuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 200%Feb 200%Aug 865%Aug 865%Jun 1417%Jun 1417%Oct 416%Oct 416%drydrymuggymuggyoppressiveoppressivecomfortablecomfortablemiserablemiserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Tarragona experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from October 21 to April 27, with average wind speeds of more than 5.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from April 27 to October 21. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in TarragonawindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphDec 135.9 mphDec 135.9 mphAug 84.2 mphAug 84.2 mphOct 215.0 mphOct 215.0 mphApr 275.0 mphApr 275.0 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Tarragona varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.1 months, from April 11 to October 15, with a peak percentage of 60% on August 5. The wind is most often from the west for 5.9 months, from October 15 to April 11, with a peak percentage of 42% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in TarragonaWSWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%eastwestsouthnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Tarragona is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.8 months, from July 3 to September 28, with an average temperature above 73°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 12, with an average temperature of 78°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.7 months, from December 9 to April 30, with an average temperature below 60°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 20, with an average temperature of 55°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from May 7 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 5, with an average of 7.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 26 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 2.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tarragona are 41.117 deg latitude, 1.250 deg longitude, and 26 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Tarragona contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 459 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 81 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,962 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,016 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Tarragona is covered by artificial surfaces (45%) and water (34%), within 10 miles by water (45%) and cropland (34%), and within 50 miles by water (43%) and cropland (32%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Tarragona, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There is only a single weather station, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Tarragona.

At a distance of 72 kilometers from Tarragona, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Tarragona according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.