Expats will find the weather in Madrid comfortable, yet not as ideal as the Mediterranean climates of Barcelona and Seville. The city generally has a pleasantly warm and dry climate, but there is a broad variation between winter and summer temperatures due to its altitude and proximity to the mountains.
The summer heat can get intense and can, at times, reach 104ºF (40ºC) during the day and drop to 68°F (20°C) at night. Many locals even leave during August in search of cooler climates. That said, the temperature during the warmer months generally hovers around 77°F (25°C).
Winter temperatures can drop as low as 32°F (0°C) but typically average around 43°F (6°C) in the coldest month of the year.
Rainfall is low and occurs mainly in late October/November and occasionally in spring.
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