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April Weather in Valencia

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“Oh yeah,” we cried to our friends who’d be coming to Valencia at the beginning of April, “you can forget about packing heavy jackets… this is Valencia, silly! Super weather!”

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Those visitors are currently not speaking to us, and have remained indoors and under blankets for the past 96 hours, arising only to take another depressing look at the rain from the window or to refill their tea cups.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but there’s no doubt that the weather for the past couple weeks has been piss poor. Rain, wind, chill, lightning… it’s reminding me heavily of the year we spent in Ireland! At this exact moment, it’s sunny outside, but the rain is predicted to roll back in tonight and stay all weekend… which could make the Semana Santa processions miserable.

In general, April is the rainiest month of the year until the heavy downpours of autumn begin. The last four months are by far rainier than any of the initial 8. April’s average maximum high is 20°C (68°F).

So, apologies to our guests and a word of advice to future April visitors: rain jackets and warm clothing ain’t a bad idea.


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April 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm Comments (5)

Valencia: Spain’s Best Climate?

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Does Valencia enjoy the best climate in Spain? These past few days, the region seems like it could take the European title!

Weather alerts in Spain; Green = Good (http://www.meteosat.com/alertas/)

As the rest of the continent has been hammered by vicious snow and rain, Valencians have been able to stroll their streets in sweaters and sunglasses. I took a siesta in the sun yesterday, for heaven’s sake. And to think… we nearly moved to Bilbao.

The average maximum temperature in February is 17° Celsius (62.6 F). But, more than the temperature, it’s the sun’s stubborn insistence on shining that truly makes the weather here tough to beat. 300 days of sunshine a year is the generally accepted number.

The weather… just another reason to love this city.


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February 5, 2009 at 8:57 am Comments (9)