You might be forgiven for thinking that Ibiza is just a destination for the summer when the sun is beating down and the clubs are in full swing - but the airport has no opening or closing parties and the sea never freezes over – which means you can actually arrive in Ibiza by plane or by boat all year round.
Here’s our guide to the weather on the White Isle for all times of the year.
Ibiza Weather Spring
Springtime arrives in Ibiza in March and lasts until early to mid-May. This is a good time to come to Ibiza if you’re looking for some early warm weather but want to arrive before the crowds and the craziness of the summer months.
Ibiza Weather March
By the time March rolls in, Ibiza is already starting to see a few warmer days and there is less rainfall than before. You can expect temperatures of around 17°C so you’ll be able to spend your time around the pool and you’ll need to make sure you bring you sun cream even if it’s not really hot yet.
During the day, you can get away with a t-shirt but it’s best to have something a bit warmer as a backup for the days when the temperature is a bit lower. For the evenings, long sleeves are definitely still necessary for all but the hardiest.
You’ll be able to swim in the sea in March but it’s going to be a bit nippy still. We’re looking at sea temperatures of around 15°C which is certainly enough to wake you up in the morning. Evenings are short at the beginning of May but after daylight saving comes into effect, the sun doesn’t go down until after 8 pm.
Ibiza Weather April
Moving into April and spring has sprung. Easter time sees Ibiza covered in poppies, a period when the island is at its most photogenic. Daytime temperatures of around 17-23°C mean it’s t-shirt weather – although you’ll still want long sleeves or a light coat for the cooler evenings. The sun sets at around 8.30 pm.
In April, you’ll be seeing around 13 hours of daylight in Ibiza and eight hours of sun. UV levels are already quite high so make sure you don’t forget the sun cream. The sea is still a bit chilly in April with average temperatures of around 16°C – it’s not like having a warm bath but it’s definitely swimmable.
April does also see occasional hot winds blowing in from the Sahara which raise temperatures but also bring dust storms. If this happens, the best thing is to hide away indoors and wait for it to blow over.
Ibiza Weather May
The start of May sees the mercury continuing to rise and you’ll be looking at temperatures of 15-25°C in Ibiza. Early in the month you’ll probably still need long sleeves for the evenings but during the daytime it’s shorts and t-shirts all the way. The days grow longer and you’re looking at 14 hours of daylight with around nine hours of sun, with the sun setting at 9 pm toward the end of the month.
The second half of May heralds the beginning of Ibiza’s summer and the UV rays are beginning to reach their most powerful – so from May on, sun cream is absolutely essential if you plan to be outside for any period of time.
The sea continues to warm up by a degree or so every week or two and May sees average sea temperatures in Ibiza of around 18°C – which is already starting to seem more appealing.
Ibiza Weather Summer
Summer is the season that makes Ibiza famous. It sees the highest temperatures on land, the sea is at its warmest, the UV rays are at their most powerful, the clubbing season is in full swing and all the beaches, bars and hotels are filled with the beautiful party people that make the island what it is. The summer is what Ibiza is all about.
Ibiza Weather June
With the opening parties at the end of May and the start of June, Ibiza is truly up and running. Temperatures are around the mid-20s to 30s, days last up to 14 hours with around 10 hours of sunlight and you won’t want anything more than shorts and a t-shirt or beachwear during the day.
June and July are lobster season in Ibiza. UV rays reach their maximum intensity and any poor individuals who, due to a hangover, bravado or ignorance fail to apply sun protection quickly turn a striking shade of red. Make sure you don’t join the ranks of lobsters unless you want to spend the rest of your holiday trying to alleviate the agony in a bath full of cold water.
By July the sea is not quite at its warmest but it’s going to be an extremely comfortable 20°C or above so there’s no excuse not to take a dip. The evenings are warm now and you can easily wear the same clothes as during the day – temperature-wise. But if you’re going somewhere nice for dinner gents, wear a shirt. The sun sets at around 9.30 pm, perfect for long evening drinks on a terrace somewhere.
Ibiza Weather July
The month of July is much the same as June in Ibiza. There is possibly more sunlight than June, the sea is even warmer, UV is punishing and lobsters proliferate on the beach so… sun cream, sun cream, sun cream! And don’t forget to drink some water from time to time.
In July, it’s hot days, warm evenings, shorts and t-shirts for both day and night and sunset at around 9.30pm. The clubbing season is at its peak and if you want to experience Ibiza at its busiest and most unrestrained, this is the time to come.
Ibiza Weather August
August is Ibiza’s hottest month. If you wear anything other than shorts and a t-shirt during the day, life will probably be uncomfortable. The sea is at its warmest, reaching temperatures of over 25-35°C so if you like swimming in warm seas, this is the time to come.
UV is intense and lobsters are ubiquitous this time of the year in Ibiza – so don’t forget the sun cream if you don’t want to be one. The sun starts to set slightly earlier but is still out until around 9 pm so there’s still plenty of opportunities for long, balmy evenings sipping cocktails.
In August, there’s still no need for long sleeves at night and if fact a bigger problem is going to be sleeping if you don’t have a/c as you might find it’s too hot.
Ibiza Weather September
September is still summer in Ibiza although the weather is slightly more comfortable than the preceding months. You’ll still only need shorts and a t-shirt during the day and the same at night. You’ll also still need a/c in your room for a comfortable night’s sleep.
The sea is still very warm although the average temperature begins to fall slightly. UV levels start to drop but you’ll still be able to sunbathe all day – and you’ll still be able to achieve lobsterdom in a short space of time if you attempt to do so without sunblock.
September sees the closing parties of all the big clubs in Ibiza, so if you time your visit to coincide with these, you’ll be able to experience the exuberant celebrations marking the end of another successful season. If you visit later in the month, things will be much calmer and you will witness the transition of summer into autumn.
Once the superclubs of Ibiza wind down and go into hibernation for another year, the weather in Ibiza starts to cool and things are generally much calmer. If you’re not interested in the summer parties, autumn can be a wonderful time to come.
Temperatures are still warm but not uncomfortably hot, the sea is still warm enough for swimming and most of the crowds have gone, which means you can explore the island undisturbed by the summertime hordes.
Ibiza Weather October
As September draws to a close and October arrives, you will be looking at daytime temperatures of around 16-25°C in Ibiza. That still means shorts, t-shirts, sunbathing and sun cream by day – but you should make sure you pack long sleeves for the evenings. Some evenings are still warm but sometimes you’ll need more than just a t-shirt.
The sea is still warm – in fact usually warmer than in May or July when it hasn’t had time to warm up – and doesn’t cool down until November, so don’t forget your swimming gear. In October, you still have 11 hours of daylight and an average of around seven hours of sunlight although be aware that October is the wettest month so there is an increased risk of rainfall.
Ibiza Weather November
By November, the sun-kissed hedonism of the summer months is a distant memory in Ibiza, the days are shorter and there is a noticeable chill to the air in the evenings. You might still get away with t-shirts on some days but you are more likely to need something a bit more substantial – and you will definitely need at least long sleeves and probably a light jumper for the evenings.
The beach season is more or less over by now but this is a great time for other activities like hiking or cycling that you might not want to do with the sun pounding down on you in the height of summer.
By November, daylight is down to around 10 hours and by the end of the month the sun sets at around 6.30 pm.
Winter sees the island pretty much shut down as a tourist destination, although it’s still possible to go to Ibiza.
Days are cool, nights are cold and you will need warm clothes. Temperatures rarely reach freezing but it has been known to snow in Ibiza, although snow settling is an extremely rare event.
Ibiza Weather December
December sees temperatures of 10-16°C in Ibiza although surprisingly sometimes it’s still possible to sunbathe if you manage to find a sheltered spot out of the wind. Daylight is down to around nine hours a day and the sun sets quite early.
As far as clothing is concerned, you’re best off being prepared for unpredictable weather. Sometimes you won’t need to wear too much, other times you will need more layers. In the evenings, you will need a jumper or a coat. December can be a wet month so be prepared to sit out passing showers.
Ibiza Weather January
January is often the coldest month in Ibiza, you’ll need warm clothes and maybe even a woolly hat and a pair of gloves.
January is drier than December but otherwise fairly similar. The sea temperatures reach their lowest point by January, descending to around 15°C. The good news is, UV levels are at their lowest so you won’t need to worry about sun cream!
Ibiza Weather February
February is much the same as January. Temperatures are low, night time temperatures are cold and you will need to wrap up warm if you stay in Ibiza.
The sea temperature remains at its yearly low and you probably don’t want to be swimming in February, but this could be the perfect month to explore the rest of the island away from the shoreline. Be prepared for rainfall as February can be wet and unpredictable.
Towards the end of February, temperatures start to rise again, the countdown to the summer begins and the whole cycle starts again!
Swimming is theoretically possible year-round in Ibiza although it is probably discouraged for all but the most resilient bathers in the months of January and February. If you don’t mind some bracing water temperatures, Ibiza may be the perfect location for a quick dip on Christmas Day.
The sea is coldest from January to March, it begins to warm in April and May, and is at its warmest from June to October, peaking in August.
The Mediterranean is purportedly home to 47 species of shark including 15 which can be dangerous to humans. Of the three species considered to pose the greatest risk to humans, two are present in the Med, the tiger shark and the great white. Sharks have been spotted in Ibiza but your chances of seeing a shark are small and the likelihood of being attacked in Ibiza are infinitesimally small. The whole of Spain has only seen 33 shark attacks since 1900.
Of more concern to swimmers in the summer months are jellyfish which can cause nasty stings. They have been known to sting naked bathers, perhaps tricked into thinking that they are trying to catch a worm.
There are several known weather phenomena that could potentially spoil parts of your Ibiza holiday. Late winter and early spring can see hot winds blowing over from the Sahara Desert. The associated rise in temperatures might seem like a great thing – until the accompanying dust storm arrives and you have to shut yourself up indoors to wait until it passes.
The autumn months can see heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail and flash flooding all associated with droughts on the Spanish mainland, a situation which appears to be worsening in recent years. The summer can also see bushfires when the island is at its driest.
From July to December and especially in September and October, Ibiza can experience tornadoes and waterspouts. That might seem pretty cool but they can cause significant damage and it’s not something you want to be caught up in!
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