The weather is often your main concern when on holiday. Not without reason it is an important issue as it can easily ruin your visit and turn your long awaited for break into a time of anguish. We are not talking about bad luck here, like going to Thailand and encountering the tsunami. Global weather, although changing and becoming more and more unpredictable, is still true to some long lasting rules that are very useful to keep in mind whenever you have the chance to visit a place
What you should absolutely disregard is the impression, the idea you have pinned into your head about local weather. When you think of Spain, for example, the first picture that automatically pops up is that of sunny beaches, emerald waters and shiny days. Well they are there too, but have you ever thought about the capital Madrid and its scorching 41 degree summers? How would you feel being in Madrid under such conditions with no water to swim in and very little to drink, holding your expensive guide book in hand saying that the temperature in Madrid sometimes rises over 30 degrees?
Bilbao is close to the Bay of Biscay which gives it an oceanic climate which in short means that you should remember two words: timid and humid! Summers are not too hot but the dry season is not well defined so you can expect the odd shower even in July. Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, especially during the spring and autumn months. Winters are pleasantly mild, the occasional snow bringing up the holiday spirit rather than causing nuisance .Donít forget that Bilbao is a city, not a very large one (Spainís 10th largest) but big enough to have its own micro climate. This and its proximity to the ocean makes it enjoy low thermal oscillations-which is not a bad thing, it just means that the temperature varies between 6 and 27 degrees throughout the year.
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