Spain is a country of dramatic contrasts in its summer and winter temperatures. In August it can reach well above 40°C in some regions, but in January in many areas, below freezing temperatures are often recorded.
Vega de Liordes, Castilla y León
On January 7th last year, the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) confirmed that Spain recorded its coldest temperature ever since records began. This was a freezing cold −35.8 °C. This was registered in Vega de Liordes, located within the Picos de Europa National Park in the province of León, and is well below the coldest temperature ever recorded in the UK, which was −27.2 °C in Scotland in 1995.
This was not the first time the region of Castilla y León recorded record-breaking low temperatures. In the city of Burgos, temperatures of -22°C and -21°C were registered in 1975 and 1885 respectively.
Pallars Sobirà, Lleida, Catalonia
One day earlier on January 6th last year, Spain recorded its second coldest temperature ever. The bitterly cold temperature of −34.1°C was registered in Pallars Sobirà, located in Catalonia’s Lleida province in the Pyrenees. The same area recorded another of Spain’s coldest temperatures in February of 1956. This was a temperature of −26°C.
Catalonia’s province of Lleida often features on the lists of Spain’s coldest places. The province’s Lake Estangento recorded some of the country’s lowest temperatures of −32°C in February 1956, −26°C in 1954 and −24°C in 1954.
These coldest temperatures ever recorded in Spain coincided with storm ‘Filomena’, which brought the “heaviest snowfall in years” across much of the country, including the capital of Madrid.
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It’s not surprising that this province is home to several ski resorts, including one of Spain’s best – Baqueira/Beret.
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Calamocha, Teruel, Aragón
The town of Calamocha, located in Aragón’s Teruel province, regularly records some of the coldest temperatures in the country. In December 1963, the town recorded a temperature of −30°C, and again experienced record-breaking freezing temperatures in December 1963, January 1971, and January 1974 of −27° C, −24.5°C, and −24.4°C respectively.
In fact, the province of Teruel as a whole, is one of the coldest provinces in Spain, often featuring in the list of places that have recorded the coldest temperatures in Spain. The town of Monreal del Campo twice recorded temperatures of −28° C in December 1963 and January 1971.
While Teruel city itself recorded three of Spain’s coldest temperatures of −22°C in January 1945, −21.5°C in January 1952 and −21°C in January 1971.
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Molina de Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha
Located in the province of Guadalajara, the municipality of Molina de Aragon features three times on Spain’s list of the 15 coldest temperatures ever recorded in the country. In January 1952, it recorded a temperature of −28.2°C, in December 1963 it reached −28°C and in January 1947 it registered −26.7°C.
Sabiñánigo, Huesca, Aragón
It’s not just Aragón’s Teruel province that regularly records some of Spain’s coldest temperatures. The province of Huesca often does too. The municipality of Sabiñánigo recorded a bitterly cold −25 °C in January 1954 a decidedly chilly −24.8 °C again in February 1954.
Huesca too is home to one of the country’s largest and best ski resorts − Formigal.