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Weather on Camino Frances during September

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marie nola

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Camino(s) past & future
st francis
What is the average temperature on the Camino Frances during September early October? Is it too hot to wear thin polyester sweatpants to hike or sleep in?
 

Bala

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
I've found weatherspark.com very helpful for all kinds of average temperatures -- highs, lows, rainfall, cloud-cover, etc. Just plug in various towns along the Camino and select the month, and you should be good to go.
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
LePuy, Frances, Aragones, Ingles, Vezelay, Toulosana, Muxia, Fisterra, Portugues, Sanabres
First, the Camino spans nearly 500 miles, so there is not a single weather being experienced. You need to check points along the way. This is Burgos, where you can look at historical weather there during each month:

https://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/LEBG/2018/2/26/DailyHistory.html?cm_ven=localwx_history

Second, the weather will be exactly the same as in previous years, but on different days. :)

Third, will you not go if there will be weather? Since it changes, you will need to be prepared to hot, cold, rain, and wind. That is pretty much for all months because there is high elevation along the way, and mornings can be cold even if it will be blistering hot in the daytime.

September is one of the best months for weather, though, so I think you will enjoy it.
 

Julie Benyo

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Camino(s) past & future
Sept/Oct '16
What is the average temperature on the Camino Frances during September early October? Is it too hot to wear thin polyester sweatpants to hike or sleep in?
I walked the Camino at exactly that time of year. It was broiling hot at the beginning, and quite cold by the end. So, layers are ideal.
 

Bala

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
I walked in October and I usually started out wearing light-weight leggings, long technical pants, and if it was very chilly or rainy, rain pants. As well as a light merino t-shirt, a mid-weight merino pullover, a mid-weight fleece, and, again depending on wind and rain/drizzle, a rain shell. As well as a merino buff.

By mid-day, I was sometimes down to the t-shirt and leggins, more often to the layer above. Then I'd find myself re-layering as the day went on and the temperature dropped.

September may be much warmer. Then again, maybe not. Be prepared for everything. :)
 

AlwynWellington

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Camino(s) past & future
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I chose to restart my Spanish way in October as the historic day time range was reported as between 15 c and 20 c.

What I got in October 2018 was a first week of 25 c to 30 c. Starting around 07h helped but the heat built up qute quickly during the morning.

Surprisingly the only rain in nearly four weeks on the way was a morning of persistent drizzle on leaving Leon (plus the day before, a lay day for me in Leon).

@marie nola , you also ask about clothing. This is most problematic as we all feel heat and cold differently. And our sartorial traditions for rambling, hiking, tramping garb differ greatly around the world, I have found.

I do not wear or carry any longs. My year round preference is either shorts or a light weight kilt like garment made of polyester or similar material. Because of varicose veins I wear pressure hose then ankle socks and cheap ($2 shop) "pressure bandage" between ankle and knee. This was discovered by trial and error and came out of my local tramping tradition. It works for me for over many long trips in all seasons except the worst of weather (when I dont go out). I ignore the side looks. It is my camino, not theirs.

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
 

Anamiri

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
What is the average temperature on the Camino Frances during September early October? Is it too hot to wear thin polyester sweatpants to hike or sleep in?
I started my first Camino on 1/9/16. It was really really hot for the first two weeks, then we had some cooler days and some rain, but still pretty warm mainly. I have noticed in Spain, that the temperature can drop (or rise) dramatically quite quickly - One minute a light T shirt is too much, the next minute you want your light puffer jacket. Layers are the answer. The mornings can be cool but by midday it can be really hot again, and you strip off as you go.
 

Tim Floyd

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017
TDMB 2016
Cotswold Way 2018
We walked early Sept through mid October last fall. Rained like crazy for the first three days. Not one drop any day thereafter. Mornings were cool in high 40s to low 50s. Daytime reached mid to high 70s most days. Meseta was warmer. Layers in am started with long legs and light fleece or long sleves, shed the trouser legs and fleece by mid morning. Cap or buff for your head and ears and light gloves were nice some mornings. Nights were cool but not cold. Advice on layers is sound.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
What is the average temperature on the Camino Frances during September early October? Is it too hot to wear thin polyester sweatpants to hike or sleep in?
Hi Marie , the weather comes and goes . It's one of those things you can't predict .

Wish you a wonderful journey , Peter .
 

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
I started my first Camino on 1/9/16. It was really really hot for the first two weeks, then we had some cooler days and some rain, but still pretty warm mainly. I have noticed in Spain, that the temperature can drop (or rise) dramatically quite quickly - One minute a light T shirt is too much, the next minute you want your light puffer jacket. Layers are the answer. The mornings can be cool but by midday it can be really hot again, and you strip off as you go.
Hola pilgrim! We started on the same day and yes it was really really hot. Be prepared for anything!!!
 

tpmchugh

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Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2018}
What is the average temperature on the Camino Frances during September early October? Is it too hot to wear thin polyester sweatpants to hike or sleep in?
Been out twice in September. Both times very warm but cooled as the month went on. But still quite warm. September 2016 was the hottest month of the year or so the locals told me. On both occasions, I got 2 days of continuous rain
 

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