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Wandering Winter

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2020
Hi,

I am looking to do my first Camino in either April or May in 2020. Has anyone walked Camino Francés at this time of year and if so what was the weather like? I have heard it can be a nice time to walk but that there can be lots of rain.

I appreciate your help.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
The weather is very unpredictable. You do not say which parts of the Camino Frances you intend to walk. An extreme example from April this year - taken from a webcam in O Cebreiro on April 24th. It is quite possible that you might find something similar in the higher sections of the route.
cebreiro.jpg
 
It's odd to use a small sample of forum responses to try and forecast what next year's weather will be like

Better to wait until nearer your departure date and find out how rainy the winter/spring has been and only then look at some long-range weather forecasts

You can easily find typical historic numbers of days on which rain has fallen / amount of rain fallen by month for various parts of Spain

And you'll definitely need to bring a good rain jacket (Gore-Tex light preferred but expensive)
 

Wandering Winter

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2020
The weather is very unpredictable. You do not say which parts of the Camino Frances you intend to walk. An extreme example from April this year - taken from a webcam in O Cebreiro on April 24th. It is quite possible that you might find something similar in the higher sections of the route.
View attachment 64619
Thanks for your reply. I intend to walk from Leon to Santiago as I am limited on time.
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I think it is pretty safe to predict that in May you will find many thousands of people walking the Camino Francés - May is the most popular time for people to set out from SJPDP - see the chart on this thread.

Weather is unpredictable. I've walked in both April and May and had every kind of temperature and weather.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago planned for end April 2020
This is a record of the weather for this year end of April to beginning of June
Data was from Accuweather as it happened.
DateStop Over LocationTemperature LowTemperature HighRain/Snow/Sun
28/04/2020​
Biarritz-St Jean
13​
22​
Partly Sunny
29/04/2020​
Roncesvalles
8​
19​
Partly Sunny
30/04/2020​
Zubri
10​
21​
Partly Sunny Possible Thunderstorm
01/05/2020​
Pamplona
10​
24​
Mostly sunny
02/05/2020​
Puente La Reina
9​
19​
Cloudy
03/05/2020​
Estella
6​
13​
Partly Cloudy Showers
04/05/2020​
Torres del Rio
11​
20​
Partly Cloudy
05/05/2020​
Logrono
10​
18​
Mostly sunny
06/05/2020​
Najera
11​
25​
Partly Cloudy
07/05/2020​
Santo Domingo
7​
25​
Partly Cloudy
08/05/2020​
Belorado
6​
14​
Showers
09/05/2020​
Atapuerca
1​
14​
Showers
10/05/2020​
Burgos
10​
19​
Partly Sunny Possible Thunderstorm
11/05/2020​
Burgos
13​
19​
Mostly sunny
12/05/2020​
Hontanas
11​
21​
Partly Sunny
13/05/2020​
Boadilla
4​
21​
Mostly sunny
14/05/2020​
Carrion 'Condes
6​
27​
Mostly sunny
15/05/2020​
Moratinos
18​
30​
Partly Cloudy
16/05/2020​
Hermanillos
16​
28​
Partly Cloudy
17/05/2020​
Mansilla
6​
12​
Rain
18/05/2020​
Leon
6​
7​
Rain
19/05/2020​
Mazarife
6​
19​
Partly Sunny
20/05/2020​
Astorga
12​
22​
Partly Cloudy
21/05/2020​
Astorga
17​
25​
Partly Cloudy
22/05/2020​
Rabanal
13​
24​
Intermittent Cloud
23/05/2020​
Molinaseca
10​
23​
Partly Cloudy
24/05/2020​
Villafranca Bierzo
19​
26​
Partly Sunny
25/05/2020​
O'Cebreiro
19​
24​
Mostly sunny
26/05/2020​
Tricastela
22​
28​
Mostly sunny
27/05/2020​
Sarria
16​
22​
Mostly Cloudy
28/05/2020​
Portomarin
13​
23​
Partly Sunny
29/05/2020​
Palas do Rei
12​
27​
Sunny
30/05/2020​
Arzua
19​
32​
Mostly sunny
31/05/2020​
O Pedrouzo
21​
34​
Sunny
01/06/2020​
Santiago
21​
30​
Sunny
02/06/2020​
Santiago
15​
23​
Intermittent Cloud
03/06/2020​
Negreira
16​
24​
Mostly sunny
04/06/2020​
Olveiroa
9​
20​
Thunderstorms
05/06/2020​
Muxia
13​
19​
Partly Sunny Possible Thunderstorm
06/06/2020​
Finisterre
8​
9​
Rain
07/06/2020​
Santiago
12​
19​
Showers
08/06/2020​
Home
9​
17​
Showers
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
I have walked twice from St Jean starting in late April. 28th both times I think.
2015 I had hardly any rain at all and it was hot! Really hot by midway along the CF. Though snow. on the top of Pyrenees with bright sunshine. Warm...

2018 It was low cloud, rain and high winds crossing the Pyrenees.
Needed to keep moving to stay warm.
Cool and bits of rain most of the way. Not too hot.

Plan for. Sun, Rain, Wind, Possibly Snow on Day 1 and you'll be fine.
With temperatures from 0C on the Pyrenees to +30C further along the route.

That should cover most likely scenarios :)

The lesson? Be prepared, plan on layering clothing, and have good rain gear........
2015 I barely used my rain gear. 2018 used it 50% of the time. and needed my Sun Umbrella about 30% of the time. 2015 got sunburn, wished I had an Umbrella. Go figure...............
 

Wandering Winter

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2020
I have walked twice from St Jean starting in late April. 28th both times I think.
2015 I had hardly any rain at all and it was hot! Really hot by midway along the CF. Though snow. on the top of Pyrenees with bright sunshine. Warm...

2018 It was low cloud, rain and high winds crossing the Pyrenees.
Needed to keep moving to stay warm.
Cool and bits of rain most of the way. Not too hot.

Plan for. Sun, Rain, Wind, Possibly Snow on Day 1 and you'll be fine.
With temperatures from 0C on the Pyrenees to +30C further along the route.

That should cover most likely scenarios :)

The lesson? Be prepared, plan on layering clothing, and have good rain gear........
2015 I barely used my rain gear. 2018 used it 50% of the time. and needed my Sun Umbrella about 30% of the time. 2015 got sunburn, wished I had an Umbrella. Go figure...............
Thanks vet much Robo, appreciate your response. I figured it would be mixed weather.
 

dfox

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (4/2017)
CP (5/2019)
CF (5/2021)
This is a record of the weather for this year end of April to beginning of June
Data was from Accuweather as it happened.
1568211584869.png

Are the temperature mentioned in the table above for April-June, 2019 or April-June, 2020? Please help!
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
You can't predict the weather but I bet you can predict it will be crowded.
 

jefferyonthecamino

http://www.barrerabooks.com/ - Guidebooks
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (1994)
Camino Francés (2013 - 2019)
Camino Portugués (2015 - 2019)
Camino de Madrid
the rain in spain stays mainly on the plain

that said, although spain tends to get less rain than other northern european countries, we get (extremely) concerned when it doesn't rain at all in spring (because we know we won't see rain till late autumn).
nights will be chilly to cold (not freezing), days can be cold to cool to pleasantly warm.

it's an awesome time of year to walk the Camino, specially the Meseta
 
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