Malaga Weather in September: Local Update

What’s the weather like in Malaga in September?

If you’ve been asking yourself this question before booking your holiday, this article will answer all the questions you might have!

Best of all?

It’s written by a local expat that actually lives next to Malaga, so you get first-hand information with practical tips and advice not available anywhere else.

Malaga Weather in September: What to Expect?

Summer on Costa del Sol is really long and stretches from mid to late May until early or late October. The warm Mediterranean Sea is another reason why visiting Malaga in September is a great choice – it’s still warm enough for swimming, and much more peaceful and without crowds compared to August.

September marks the end of the busiest tourist season and it is the slow transition month into autumn. Even though I say autumn, it’s not what you would imagine in most places in Europe.

September weather in Malaga is still really warm, with only a handful of rainy days, and with temperatures that would still qualify for sunbathing, especially if you’re coming from Northern Europe.

Here is what you can expect weather-wise in Malaga in September.

Malaga Weather in September
Plaza Merced in Malaga old town in September

Temperatures in September

The average temperatures are in the range of 22C to 28C, and if you hit a heat wave while visiting Malaga it might go over 30C.

The temperatures are nice and warm for this time of year, but not too hot that it would make you uncomfortable (unlike in August!). Keep in mind that the temperatures tend to climb down a bit in the early mornings and late evenings.

The night temperatures hover around 18C to 20C, so the nights are still nice and warm.

Rain in September

I live in Fuengirola, which is about 30km from Malaga, and from my experience, Malaga tends to catch more rain than my city. Even though rain does come in September, it’s usually a matter of a few hours before the clouds clear up and the sun comes out again.

This year, we even had a thunderstorm at the beginning of the month, but not more than a single day or two of rain.

It’s certainly not something you need to worry about if you’re looking to book your holiday in Malaga in September.

On average, you can expect 2 – 4 rainy days this month. Of course, it varies year on year, some years we’ve had gorgeous weather all month without a drop of rain, others like this year the rains come in very early.

Sunshine

Sunshine is abundant in September, with an average of 8 hours per day of sunshine. Bringing sun protection is a must!

Cloudy Days

The cloudy days vary and its hard to draw some averages. Generally, you can expect around a third of the month to be a bit more cloudy, but by that I mean there is still sun and a few clouds around, not clear blue skies all day long.

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Malaga old town in September

Humidity

The humidity levels begin to climb in September, reaching an average of around 60 – 70% depending on location within the city and coast.

Sea Temperatures

The average sea temperature is around 20C to 23C, again depending on the year.

It’s still warm enough to swim in, and many people do. The great thing about September is that the big crowds have already left, you don’t have to worry about sunning yourself on a crowded beach.

Sea Fog

A frequent sight along the coastline of Costa del Sol, a sea fog can sometimes appear even in the middle of the day and bring very cool air into the city. So far we’ve had this in August and there is a chance it might repeat itself in September. It usually clears up after a few hours, brining a sense of relief from the warm temperatures.

Malaga Weather in September: What to Pack?

If you want to stay comfortable in September, you will be fine in your summer clothes, with a couple of light jackets for the early mornings and late evenings.

In terms of shoes, you don’t need to worry about bringing anything water-proof, summer shoes are perfectly fine to wear nearly all month around.

If the weather forecast shows some rain while you’re visiting, you can bring an umbrella but it’s unlikely you will need it. The weather forecast changes every hour, and even though rain might be showing for a few days, it might pass just outside of the city and you never see the sight of it (which is very often the case).

Other essentials include sun lotion, hat (if you prefer), a light jacket or cardigan for the evenings, a swimming suit and other summer clothing.

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Calle Marqués de Larios (Calle Larios) in Malaga in September – the blinds have been taken down a few days after this picture was taken

Things to do in Malaga in September

September is very much business as usual in Malaga, so here are a few ideas on what you can do. In September, the temperatures are much more pleasant so scheduling some outdoor activities is a great way to explore the city and beyond.

  • visiting the world-famous Picasso Museum and his birth home
  • booking a catamaran cruise from Muelle Uno (September is a great chance to see the dolphins!)
  • climbing the road to Gibralfaro Castle to enjoy the views
  • visiting the Alcazaba without having to endure the crowds
  • taking one of the hiking routes around Malaga
  • visiting the ancient botanical gardens just outside of the city – La Conception Botanical Gardens
  • spoiling yourself with some shopping at Calle Larios
  • exploring the beautiful old town in Malaga
  • booking a day trip to Marbella
  • if you’re visiting with kids, they will enjoy a day trip to Bioparc in Fuengirola
  • also the latest discovery, the Car Museum in Malaga is very cool to see both for adults and kids
Picasso Museum, Malaga
Picasso Museum in Malaga old town

Frequent Questions

What is the weather like in Malaga in September?

The weather in Malaga in September is very mild and still nice and warm. There are barely any rainy days around, and the day temperatures are still high enough for sunbathing and swimming in the sea. The mornings and late evenings are a bit cooler, but still very warm compared to rest of the Europe.

September is a great time to visit Malaga not just thanks to the weather, but also the fact that most crowds have already left, and the city is much more peaceful.

How hot is Malaga in September?

On average, the temperatures hover between 22C and 27C, in some cases reaching over 30C.

What to do in Malaga in September?

There is plenty to do in Malaga in September, as you don’t need to worry about the weather spoiling your plants. You can visit and enjoy the Gibralfaro castle and Alcazaba in peace, watch art at Picasso Museum, do hikes around the hiking trails outside of Malaga, visit the beautiful botanical gardens and much more.

What’s on in Malaga in September?

Malaga hosts a number of events in September.

  • At the beginning of the month there are Malaga fashion days and in the middle of the month Malaga cruise days.
  • On 27 September, Malaga celebrates international tourism day by opening doors to all of its museums for free.
  • The Classic Film Festival is held in Malaga at the beginning of September, with details available here.
  • Religious processions in Malaga – if you missed the ones in Easter, you get a second chance in September. On 24 September its the procession of Misericordia brotherhood with the Virgen del Gran Poder (Our Lady of the Almighty)
  • Malaga Blues Festival between 16 and 18 September in Malaga, Torremolinos and Rincón de la Victoria
  • Pepe Romero Guitar Festival on 22 and 30 September.

Is there a festival in Malaga in September?

Yes, there are a number of festivals in Malaga in September, all listed below:

  • Pepe Romero Guitar Festival on 22 and 30 September
  • The Classic Film Festival is held in Malaga at the beginning of September, with details available here
  • Malaga Blues Festival between 16 and 18 September in Malaga, Torremolinos and Rincón de la Victoria

What do people wear in Malaga in September?

People would wear normal summer clothes, with maybe a cardigan if you’re heading out till late in the evening as it can get colder.

What is the temperature in Malaga end of September?

The average temperatures are between 22C and 27C, but it varies a bit every year. Some years are much warmer than others, but its safe to say it is still very warm compared to most other European countries.

How much are flights to Malaga in September?

Flights in September would be generally cheaper than the main tourist season, but not as cheap as those in the low season, like October to December.

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