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January Malaga Weather Forecast

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The January weather forecast for Spain’s Malaga predicts a drop in temperatures and the chance of light rain

If in Northern Europe they are unsure how to cope with the cold wave they are experiencing, in Málaga, there will be some lingering chill during the upcoming week. It won’t be necessary to dig out snow gear; the maximum temperatures will hover around 18°C on the coast. However, a drop in minimum temperatures will be noticeable, accompanied by potential, albeit weak, precipitation on Tuesday across the entire province.

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According to the forecast from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), thermometers won’t rise in the province; quite the opposite is expected this week. The chilly wind that froze many attendees at the Three Kings Parade last Friday will persist in the province, albeit changing its direction along the coast.

In the province’s interior, Aemet anticipates the possibility of frost early in the week. Thus, the summary for the week’s start is instability and cold, with overcast skies at least until Thursday.

The temperatures will range between 8 and 18 degrees Celsius on the coastal zone of the province—except on Tuesday, where they won’t surpass 15 degrees. In the interior, a more significant temperature drop will be noticeable, with particularly low minimums—highlighting the 0 degrees expected in Antequera this Monday.

For now, despite the wishes of the capital’s children, the Kings won’t bring heavy and prolonged rains, essential for the province’s reservoirs. Nevertheless, every bit counts, especially after the initial rains of the year. This week, moderate precipitation was recorded, as predicted by Aemet. It’s worth noting that the highest water levels last Thursday were in Álora and Fuengirola, with 17 litres per square meter. Similarly, in Málaga capital, around 7 litres per square meter were recorded.

According to the web search results, the average rainfall in Malaga in 2024 is expected to be around 236 mm, which is lower than the historical average of 524 mm. The driest months are expected to be January, April, and October, with less than 30 mm of precipitation each1.

If it doesn’t rain in Malaga in 2024, it could have negative impacts on the environment, agriculture, and tourism. Some of the possible consequences are:

Drought: Malaga is already prone to droughts due to its Mediterranean climate and high-water demand. A lack of rainfall could worsen the water scarcity and affect the quality and quantity of water resources.

Wildfires: Malaga has a high risk of wildfires due to its dry and hot weather, especially in the summer months. A lack of rainfall could increase the fire danger and the severity of the fires.

Crop failure: Malaga is an important agricultural region in Spain, producing crops such as olives, grapes, citrus fruits, almonds, and avocados. A lack of rainfall could reduce the crop yields and the income of the farmers.

Tourism decline: Malaga is a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors every year for its beaches, culture, and gastronomy. A lack of rainfall could affect the attractiveness of the region and the satisfaction of the tourists.

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