The climate in this archipelago is Mediterranean as the summers tend to be dry and warm to hot while the winters are normally rainier, albeit still not that rainy, and do not usually get very cold. Another aspect of Mallorca, especially in the capital of Palma and other areas near the sea, is that the highs and lows on any given day are only separated by 8 degrees Celsius (13 Fahrenheit).
In Palma, high temperatures in the middle of spring are around 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit), and lows are about 13 degrees Celsius (56 Fahrenheit). Most will need a jacket in the evenings to be comfortable. Fresh vegetables start to be available at local markets. The waters tend to still be too cold for water activities. Mallorca is usually busier in the spring than it is in the autumn despite similar temperature ranges.
The temperatures start climbing in the summer months; average highs are around 30 degrees Celsius (85 Fahrenheit), and lows tend to be about 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit). Siestas are especially popular during the summer. Also of note is that the area is especially dry in June, July and August. This tends to be the busiest time of the year, and that means that it can often be the most fun time of the year too as festivals and other activities are held now in just about every island community.
Average temperatures in autumn are just a degree or two warmer than they were in the spring although the sunshine hours are noticeably fewer in autumn than in spring. Also, October and November are the rainiest months of the year with a combined total of 121 millimeters (5 inches) on average. However, the rain that falls tends to come in heavy storms that do not last very long, and the crowds are normally quieter in autumn as compared to springtime, making this a great time to come if you want to avoid crowds but still enjoy comfortable weather conditions and warm ocean water.
Winter is the coldest time of the year, but it is much warmer then than many parts of Europe and North America with high temperatures of about 15 degrees Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) and lows around 8 degrees Celsius (47 Fahrenheit). The number of hours of sunshine may be much fewer than is the case in other times of the year, but they are usually significantly more than areas where many visitors are coming from. Snow is common in the mountains during the winter months, but it is rare in lower elevations. Although it might be a little chilly at the beaches, this is a great time of year to explore the island's communities.