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Temperatures in July and August

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Dawdle

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I've read about the heat in the summer months. I'm wondering what the actual average temperatures are during the hot months. Are we talking 90's (Fahrenheit ) or triple digits? Thanks so much.
 

grayland

Moderator
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Camino(s) past & future
Yes
I've read about the heat in the summer months. I'm wondering what the actual average temperatures are during the hot months. Are we talking 90's (Fahrenheit ) or triple digits? Thanks so much.
That would depend on which Camino....I assume you mean the Camino Francis as it is posted in that forum. Brilliant deduction on my part.o_O

As always, the weather can produce anything and usually does each year. Normally you can expect the highs to be in the 90s and even some cold mornings. Remember that you are walking almost 500 miles across varied terrain.
You will be in mountains (little ones..more like hills) valleys, and agricultural areas. Galacia seems to be one of the wettest places on earth sometimes.

I walked the Via de la Plata in August of this year despite being warned that I was very foolish.
There were 8 straight days of 44-45 (110-115f) and the temperature on the asphalt as indicated on the cyclist computers was 54c (almost 130f). The rest of the time it ranged about 95 to 100 every day. Nights and mornings did not get below 90. It changed about Salamanca where it became much more tolerable.
Lots of asphalt walking during this time. Not a pleasant stroll along the Camino. More like cooking from the top and bottom at the same time. My water was usually too hot to drink.
It was quiet however as there were no other foolish pilgrims around. Albergues all to myself every night.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
There are a number of climate sites. You might find the information you are looking for at www.climatemps.com, although of the Spanish cities it lists, only Burgos is on the CF. There are places close enough to give you a better idea. Don't forget that the averages can hide a great deal of variability.
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
As others have said, the actual temperatures can be vary and the average temperatures are just that - averages. Said all this here is what you can find weather-wise on the Camino Francés in July / August:
Some coolish evenings in the mountains / hills where you be glad you brought a light jumper / jacket.
Very hot days (yes, high 90s up to 100+ during the middle of the day) which are made worse by the lack of shade (meseta!).
Rain is almost a certainty in Galicia but rain, including violent thunderstorms can, occasionally, also happen elsewhere on the way.
Hope that helps and Buen Camino! SY
 
N

NoQ

Guest
I walked the Frances in July and August this year and as far as temperatures go, it was mostly perfect. Gloriously long warm sunny days and beautiful evenings lounging outside till 10. A perfect time of the year as far as the weather goes. Do take wet weather wear and something warm though as during 2days it was cold and wet on Cebreiro through Samos till past Sarria when the weather recovered.
On the other hand nights were too warm sometimes, and sleep was a bit hard till it cooled. I dont understand why they dont have a fan as that makes all the difference. Just watch out for albergues without air and windows such as one in Ventosa and another in Pamplona. But on the whole, a summer camino is wonderful.
 

Dawdle

New Member
Thanks so much. That helps a lot. It's really hot where I live 110-115F is not unusual. I do try to get away from the heat when I go away. I'm not sure when I will be able to walk, just beginning to gather info. The forum is great, you are all so helpful. Thanks!
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
If you want to take an umbrella with UV protection, you might find that it makes quite a difference when walking in the heat. It did for me. :)

Of course, if you need to use walking poles, you will run into a problem with the umbrella:cool:
 
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Dawdle

New Member
An umbrella...that's a new idea. You didn't find it cumbersome? Sounds like a possibility. I don't use walking poles now. I'm guessing it must have been an ultralight one. Also, no one ever talks about high humidity with the heat so it must be mostly a "dry" heat?
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
An umbrella...that's a new idea. You didn't find it cumbersome? Sounds like a possibility. I don't use walking poles now. I'm guessing it must have been an ultralight one. Also, no one ever talks about high humidity with the heat so it must be mostly a "dry" heat?
Cumbersome? Yes, a bit, but I ditched my sleeping bag early on, so that gave me a bit more room in my pack. And no, my umbrella was not light-weight … at all. I had determined that I was going to take a UV umbrella with me, so I just dealt with the weight. (I’ve just weighed it now for the first time and it is 14 oz.:eek: I guess that’s why I did not weigh it before I went on my Camino – I probably did not want to know the weight.)

As to the humidity in July / August, I don’t know. It was a dry heat, and unseasonably hot, in the first half of April this year when I needed my umbrella. After that the weather cooled to great hiking conditions so I didn’t need it as a sun screen. But it certainly came in handy towards the end of May when I was kicking around Santiago in the rain.

You will be able to get more info on umbrellas on the Camino from this site: http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/re-umbrellas.2286/. As I recall, some people are proponents of umbrellas, others are not.

Buen Camino.:)
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Yes, it is mostly a dry heat. Umbrellas tend to have a problem when it is windy ;-) so, you will still need a good hat with a chin strap. Buen Camino! SY
PS Don't forget the sun protection (cream / block)!
 

Adrian961

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances planned April/May 2014
I do like the idea of an umbrella. Sometimes it's handy on a day walk if not too windy, can be a stabiliser on slippery slopes and of course shade. I favour a lightweight black city gent type rather than a huge golf umbrella, which with a favourable wind and sturdy construction is more like a spinnaker than a shelter. Having had the opportunity to buy many umbrellas over the years due to an uncanny propensity to leave them on trains, I can say that there's no need to spend more than £10. At present Timpsons shoe repair shops sell a good one. As my pack has enough straps on it to allow one to carry more stuff on the outside than inside, it'll be be secured there. Inspiration came from Nicholas Crane 'Clear Waters Rising' (mountain hiking accross Europe). He's the guy with the umbrella on his pack in BBC TV 'Coast' programme.
 

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