The Costa del Sol can be a very windy place, particularly the western and around Estepona and Sotogrande. Prevailing winds, from the Atlantic and from the Mediterranean can be strong and usually blow for several days at a time.
The levante is dry In winter and humid in summer, and the poniente, humid in winter and refreshingly cool in summer. Levante storms in winter often cause severe damage along the sea front. The wind from the north, known as terral, is dry and cold in winter, and dry and scorching in summer. Occasionally the wind blows from the south in the summer (sirocco), bringing sand from the Sahara desert.