What is the Veranillo de San Miguel and why is it produced?

Like they warn us that until May 40 we do not take off our coat, because it usually happens that the days of low temperatures return before the summer, in September the same happens with the Summer of San Miguel.

When August ends and we enter the month of September, the temperatures tend to drop gradually, abandoning those nights in which the heat does not let us sleep. This thermal decrease joins the logical reduction in the hours of sunshine and leads us directly to autumn. However, in the last days of September there is usually a time when temperatures rise again and which is popularly called Veranillo de San Miguel because it usually coincides with the festivity of this saint.

It doesn’t always happen

The truth is there is no explanation make it clear why this weather phenomenon sometimes occurs. That is, the summer (also called Quince in some towns) is not always produced. In addition, it not only occurs in Spain, but in other countries of the Northern Hemisphere they also refer to this time when thermometers rise, as is the case in Germany or the United States.

The heat and the elderly

Of course, if the tradition of rising temperatures in late September has been recorded in popular culture, it is because it is a phenomenon that usually occurs, perhaps as a consequence of the anticyclones that occur when temperatures begin to drop. Of course, after the hot summer days, the drop in the thermometer tends to be more pronounced, entering fully into typical autumn values ​​and increasingly colder days.

The wisdom of popular expressions

The Veranillo de San Miguel trend is also found in the traditional proverb, where there are multiple references at this time of year. These are some examples:

  • The summer of San Miguel will be absent very seldom.
  • Rain for San Miguel you have to see it for a short time.
  • For San Miguel, great heat, it will be of great value.
  • By the summer of San Miguel there are fruits like honey.
  • All fruit is good with heat for San Miguel.