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Gibraltar Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Warm throughout the year, with hot summers and mild winters. Summer (May to September) can be very hot and humid. Gibraltar boasts around 300 day's sunshine a year. Temperatures can rise well above 30°C (86°F) between May and September. However the heat and humidity is tempered by sea breezes. Winters are mild with sunshine and temperatures around 17ºC (62°F) and with only occasional rainfall.

Required clothing

Lightweights for summer and mediumweights for winter months.

Geography

Gibraltar is a large promontory of jurassic limestone, situated in the western entrance to the Mediterranean. The rock is 5km (3 miles) long and the highest point is 426m (1,400ft) above sea level. An internal self-governing British Crown Colony, Gibraltar has given its name to the Bay and the Straits, which it overlooks. Spain is to the north and west, and Morocco is 26km (16 miles) to the south.