Wardrobe and Climate for September

We are going mainly to Andalucia but also Barcelona and Madrid from 2Sep-17Sep. Climate websites seem to say high 70's but I get the feeling places like Granada and Seville will be quite hot. Want to pack very light. I hope to wear shorts and capris most days--wil that work? Bringing 1 light sweater/light jacket for rain. Do I need a skirt for admission to any place? Was not planning on it. Appreciate the help. Betsy

Posted by Marbleskies
USA
669 posts

Nice time of the year to visit. It will still be warm with the possibility of hot. Do pack lite, skirt is your choice. Have a light scarf to wrap around your shoulders for visiting places of worship. Enjoy.

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
8659 posts

I agree with marbleskies and I don't expect you'll be visiting any mosques. A skirt is never required at any common sightseeing location, nor is covering ankles, but a few churches (e.g., Barcelona Cathedral and Sagrada Familia) may enforce their request for knees and shoulders to be covered. When I traveled those areas in mid-October, the average high temp still was high 70s or low 80s.

Posted by steve
troy, ny
395 posts

I was in Alicante which is on the Mediterranean coast south of Valencia last Sept 2-12. Even with the sea breezes it was very warm, high 80s everyday and sunny.

Posted by Sherry
San Jose, CA
1813 posts

In Madrid a few years ago, I experienced a significant cold snap in mid-Sept (and the hotels hadn't turned on heat on for the season). So bringing one or two warm layers is not a bad idea. Silk long underwear takes no space and can really make a difference. I also usually travel with a very lightweight fleece zip up in the early fall.

Posted by janettravels44
Chicago
1324 posts

We were in this area in May a year ago and froze -- I had packed lightweight clothes, lightweight jacket and such and it was really miserable. So I suggest having at least one set of layers that would allow you to deal with a cold snap e.g. my linen slacks were too light -- I wished I had some jean weight slacks. That might not be an issue in July or August but you run the risk in September of unseasonably cool weather.

Posted by steve
troy, ny
395 posts

I think you will be fine in September still summer in southern Europe. Hot in my case. Just take precautions and maybe bring a few things to cover up. I brought a couple of long sleeved shirts and pants and never used them till the flight home...just to stay warm on the plane. Half of the clothes I brought were left in the hotel room. Packed way too much. I am gonna streamline for September's trip to Paris. Good luck!

Posted by Marbleskies
USA
669 posts

I am constantly amazed by folks comments of encountering weather for which they are not expecting.
The solution is to assess if the weather is expected to change back to norm in a short period of time. If so then ride it out. If not then enjoy another form of activity, shopping for appropriate clothing. Tip: step out of the tourist zone and seek out consignment clothing stores to obtain great values. Over the course of our journeys we have needed to do find some clothes and have discovered consignment shops in a number of locales. Who do we ask? Waitresses, maids, doormen and always vendors in the market.