Madrid's climate is known for its pronounced seasonal variations. With cold (if dry) winters and inclemently hot (and even drier) summers, spring and autumn are often recommended as the best months to visit the city. In those periods, though, the possibility of precipitation is higher, even if it still remains below the European average.
I personally love Madrileño summers, when the dry air occasionally turns the city into a furnace that even melts the tar on the streets and you hardly see a cloud up in the sky. At night, however, temperatures decline and become fairly pleasant for your nightlife adventures.
Miscellaneous: Like most of the Spanish cities, Madrid partially closes down for holidays in August. Nonetheless, this traditional yearly exodus to the beaches or the sierra is no longer what it used to be and, although some restaurants and businesses do close down for most of the month, there are enough places and activities to keep you occupied without the hassle of the congested traffic and crowds that are common during the rest of the year.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I have always been told that Madrid has an awful weather, cold in winter and hot in summer. There are two choices: or those people never experienced the Emilia Romagna weather or I was very lucky in Madrid. It was sunny and the sky was BLUE, temperature was about 10°, 5 days long. At midday you can even have lunch outside! So my clothing and shoes were completely wrong for the winter in Madrid!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Madrid has 2 rainseasons, from march till may and from october till december. pack rainclothes for these months. Madrid has icecold Winters and hot dry summers. not a single drop of rain from june till september. no coats needed no sweaters neither. The sun alsways shines in madrdi, even in winter. for the summer, take a had or cap to protect your head.
Rug up during May! Make sure you check the weather forecasts before visiting Madrid in May. We went in 2004 and I thought the end of Spring would bring sunny, warmish weather to the city of Madrid, but how wrong I was!
Try 11 degrees maximum and 0 to 3 minimum (celsius)! Luckily we were prepared, and had some great layering clothes and a jacket each. It didn't rain too much, but was definitely chilly at night.
... it snows 1 or 2 days a year. Generally in January or February. So if U come in winter, expect temperatures of -3 to 15ºC.
Anyway, if U like skiing, you can always go to the "Sierra", about 80 kms from the centre, where you'll find a few skii stations.
Here is an approximate resume:
- Summer: reeeeally hot, about 38°C in august, dry heat.
- Autumn: mild weather, around 15°C, not very rainy.
- Winter: "cold" (almost never below 0°C). It may snow, but just 1 or 2 days.
- Spring: mild, hot sometimes, dry usually.
Summer: too hot!
Winter: too cold!
I think is better to visit Madrid in spring (march, april...).
A good pair of boots to walk down the streets!