Almería

Almería (/ˌælməˈriːə/; Spanish: [almeˈɾi.a]) is a city in Andalusia, Spain, located in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, and is the capital of the province of the same name. It was Abd-ar-Rahman III who founded the Alcazaba (the Citadel), which gave this city its name: Al-Mari'yah (المريّة, the Watchtower).[2] In the 10th and 11th centuries, it formed part of the Caliphate of Córdoba, and grew wealthy on trade and the textile industry, especially silk. It suffered many sieges and fell under Christian domination in 1489. In 1522, Almería was devastated by an earthquake and rebuilding and recovery did not really get underway until the 19th century. During the Spanish Civil War, the city was shelled by the German Navy, and fell to Franco in 1939. It has since rebuilt its economy around vegetable production, with 100,000 acres of greenhouses, supplying much of Europe.[3]

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Skyline of Almería
Flag of Almería

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Official seal of Almería

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Motto(s): 
«Muy noble, muy leal y decidida por la libertad: ciudad de Almería» (Very noble, very loyal and determined towards freedom, city of Almería)
Almería is located in Andalusia
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Almería is located in Spain
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Coordinates: 36°50′25″N 2°28′05″W / 36.84028°N 2.46806°WCoordinates: 36°50′25″N 2°28′05″W / 36.84028°N 2.46806°W
Country Spain
Region Andalusia
ProvinceAlmería
ComarcaComarca Metropolitana de Almería
Founded955
Founded byAbd-ar-Rahman III
Government
 • BodyAyuntamiento de Almería
 • MayorRamón Fernández-Pacheco (PP)
Area
 • Total296.21 km2 (114.37 sq mi)
Elevation
27 m (88,58 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total196,851
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Demonymsalmerienses, urcitanos
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
04001-04090
Area code(s)(+34) 950
Vehicle registrationAL
Websitehttp://www.aytoalmeria.es (in Spanish)

History

In the first century, Christian documents report that there was a town named Urci, possibly near the current site of Almería, in the Hispania of the Roman Empire. However, this is disputed, as there are several possible sites of the town. However, missionary Saint Indaletius is said to have evangelized Urci and become its first bishop, and is officially the patron saint of Almería.[4]

Later, the city was refounded by Calipha Abd-ar-Rahman III of Córdoba in 955 AD. It was to be a principal harbour in his extensive domain to strengthen his Mediterranean defences.

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Alcazaba of Almería

Its Moorish castle, the Alcazaba of Almería, is the second largest among the Muslim fortresses of Andalusia, after the Alhambra.

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The ancient walls of Jayrán

In this period, the port city of Almería reached its historical peak. After the fragmentation of the Caliphate of Córdoba in 1031, Almería continued to be ruled by powerful local Muslim Taifa emirs like Jairan, the first independent Emir of Almería and Cartagena, and Almotacin, the poet emir. Both Jairan and Almotacin were fearless warriors, but also sophisticated patrons of the arts. A silk industry, based upon plantings of mulberry trees in the hot, dry landscape of the province, supported Almería in the 11th century and made its strategic harbour an even more valuable asset.

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The statue of San Cristóbal

Contested by the emirs of Granada and Valencia, Almería experienced many sieges, including one especially fierce siege when Christians, called to the Second Crusade by Pope Eugene III, were also encouraged to counter the Muslim forces on a more familiar coast. On that occasion Alfonso VII, starting on 11 July 1147, at the head of mixed armies of Catalans, Genoese, Pisans and Franks, led a crusade against the rich city, and Almería was captured on 17 October 1147.[5]

Within a decade, however, Almería had passed to the control of the Muslim Almoravid emirs,[5] and not until the late 15th century did it became again a Christian city when it accepted the sovereignty the Catholic Monarchs, Fernando and Isabel, on December 26, 1489.

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The former train station

The 16th century was for Almería a century of natural and human catastrophes; for there were at least four earthquakes, of which the one in 1522 was especially violent, devastating the city. The people who had remained Muslim were expelled from Almería after the War of Las Alpujarras in 1568 and scattered across Spain. Landings and attacks by Berber pirates were also frequent in the 16th century, and continued until the early 18th century. At that time, huge iron mines were discovered and French and British companies set up business in the area, bringing renewed prosperity and returning Almería to a position of relative importance within Spain.

During the Spanish Civil War the city was shelled by the German Navy, with news reaching the London and Parisian press about the "criminal bombardment of Almería by German planes".[6] Almería surrendered in 1939, being the last Andalusian main city to fall to Francoist forces.

In the second half of the 20th century, Almería witnessed spectacular economic growth due to tourism and intensive agriculture, with crops grown year-round in massive invernaderos – plastic-covered "greenhouses" – for intensive vegetable production.

After Franco's death and popular approval of the new Spanish Constitution, the people of southern Spain were called on to approve an autonomous status for Andalusia region in a referendum. The referendum were approved with 118,186 votes for and 11,092 votes against in Almería province,[7] which represented 42% of all registered voters.[8]

Main sights

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Cable Inglés, at night
  • The Alcazaba, a medieval fortress that was begun in the 10th century but destroyed by an earthquake in 1522. It includes a triple line of walls, a majestic keep and large gardens. It commands a city quarter with buildings dressed in pastel colors, of Muslim-age aspect.
  • Almería air raid shelters, underground galleries for civilian protection during the Spanish Civil War, currently the longest in Europe open for tourists.
  • The Cathedral has a fortress-like appearance due to its towers, merlons and protected paths, created to defend it from Mediterranean pirates. Originally designated as a mosque, it was later converted into a Christian church, before being destroyed in the 1522 earthquake. In the 16th century it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, whilst keeping some of its defensive features.
  • Renaissance church of Santiago, built in 1533, with tower and portal decorated with reliefs.
  • Chanca, a group of houses carved into rocks.
  • Castle of San Cristobal, now in ruins. It is connected to the Alcazaba by a line of walls.
  • Museum of Almería. Includes findings from Prehistoric, Iberic, Roman, Greek ages and Muslim objects, mostly from the Alcazaba.
  • Paseo de Coches, a modern seaside promenade with gardens and palms.

Demographics

Almería has the highest proportion of Muslim population of any Spanish city at 11-20%, depending on source.[9]

Historical population of Almería
(Source: INE (Spain))
Year199920012003200520072009201120122013201420172018
Population169,027170,994176,727181,702189,798188,810190,349191,443192,697193,251195,389196,851

People and culture

Almeria Puerta de Purchena fcm
House of the Butterflies

Famous natives of Almería include Nicolás Salmerón y Alonso, who in 1873 was the third president of the First Spanish Republic, as well as several musicians, including the composer José Padilla Sánchez, whose music was declared of "universal interest" by Unesco in 1989, the popular folk singer Manolo Escobar, renowned Flamenco guitar player José Tomás "Tomatito" and Grammy Award winner David Bisbal; the champion motorcyclist Antonio Maeso moved to Almería as a child.

The Irish folk-rock group The Pogues paid tribute to Almería in "Fiesta," a rollicking Spike Jones-flavored song on the band's third album, If I Should Fall From Grace with God.

Sports

Almería hosted the Mediterranean Games in 2005. The city has 2 football teams: UD Almería, which plays in the Spanish Segunda División following relegation from La Liga in 2015 and CP Almería, which played in Tercera_División Group 9 in the 2018/19 season following promotion.

Economy

Ayunt Almería
City Hall

The economy of Almería is mostly based on agriculture, which is located mainly in the western part of the region. Numerous greenhouses mostly constructed with plasticulture produce tonnes of fruit and vegetables, more than 70% of their product being exported to the rest of Europe. These greenhouses are controversial, with allegations of cheap labor and harsh conditions. The plastic often ends up the sea, killing marine life.[10]

Transport

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Dry Riverbed of Almería
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Almería rail station
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Harbour of Almería

By land, Almería can be reached by the A-7 Mediterranean Highway, which connects the Mediterranean area with the Spanish A-92 that unites it with the rest of Andalusia. Almería is served by Renfe Operadora with direct rail services to Granada, Seville and Madrid.

By sea, the port of Almería has connections to Melilla, Algeria, Morocco, and tourist cruises in the Mediterranean. It also has a marina with moorings for pleasure boats. Currently the port of Almería is being expanded with new docks and transformed into a container port to take large-scale international shipping and thereby increase its freight traffic. It normally connects with the following destinations:

By air, Almería is served by Almería Airport, the fourth largest in Andalusia with domestic and international connections to Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Melilla, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brussels, Dublin and Swiss, German and other EU airports.

Geography

Due to its arid landscape, numerous spaghetti westerns were filmed in Almería and some of the sets are still remain as a tourist attraction.[11][12] These sets are located in the desert of Tabernas. The town and region were also used by David Lean in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), John Milius in The Wind and the Lion (1975) and others.

One of Almería's most famous natural spots is the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. This park is of volcanic origin, and is the largest and most ecologically significant marine-terrestrial space in the European Western Mediterranean Sea. The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park runs through the municipal areas of Níjar, Almerimar and Carboneras. Its villages, previously dedicated to fishing, have become tourism spots. The beaches of Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park are also an attraction.

Panorámica de Almería
Panorama of the city taken from La Alcazaba

Climate

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Precipitation totals in mm
Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología

With a yearly precipitation of just 200 mm (7.9 in) and with only 26 days of precipitation, Almería is the only city in Europe with a true hot desert climate (BWh) according to the Köppen climate classification, bordering a hot semi-arid climate (BSh). Almería is the only European city with this type of climate, also being one of the driest zones on both shores of the Mediterranean coast. Almería has an annual temperature of 19.1 °C (66.4 °F)

The BWh climate is present in the city of Almería, in nearby areas of Almería province (such as the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, the Andarax/Almanzora river valleys), the only region in Europe to have this climate (this excludes the Canary Islands, which are also part of Spain and are geographically on the continent of Africa, which have a hot desert climate on most of the islands, specifically on the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote in the Province of Las Palmas).[13] With an average annual temperature above 19.1 °C (66.4 °F), it also qualifies as the 2nd warmest city in continental Europe, after Seville, also in Andalusia, Spain. This arid climatic region spreads along the coastline around Almería to Torrevieja, in the northeast.[14] The nearby Faro del Cabo in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, has the lowest annual precipitation on the European continent (156mm).[15]

Almeria also experiences the warmest winters of any city on the European continent with a population over 100,000, having as well hot and dry summers, being precipitation rare between June and August (July and August have in average 0.3 rainy days). Almería enjoys about 3000 hours of sunshine with over 320 sunny days per year in average (6 hours of sunshine in January and 12 in July) so it's one of the sunniest cities in Europe.

Almería is unique, for a city in Continental Europe, for not having any registered temperature under the freezing mark in its recorded weather history. The coldest temperature recorded was 0.2 °C (32.4 °F) on 9 February 1935.[16] Almería has a very warm climate for its latitude, as it has a very similar climate to the upper coastal parts of Baja California, Mexico or Alexandria, Egypt which are located further south between 30-31ºN latitudes.

During the winter, daily maximum temperatures tend to stay around 18 °C (64 °F). At night, the temperature very rarely drops below 8 °C (46 °F). This makes Almería the 2nd city with the warmest winters in Europe, just after Cádiz. The city only receives 26 days of rainfall annually; so no month could be described as truly wet, there are strong differences in terms of rainfall, with coastal parts of the city (such as the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park) receiving a rainfall amount of 156mm per year, which is also noted as the driest location in Europe, while inland areas (such as the Tabernas Desert) receiving a rainfall amount of 200mm per year, since the altitude is 900 meters, and it has an average temperature of 17.9 °C (64.2 °F), so it would be classified as a cold desert climate (BWk) bordering a cold semi-arid climate (BSk) according to the Köppen climate classification.

Inland areas of the Almería province are believed to have reached temperatures close to 50 °C (122 °F) in summer (disputed).[17] Perhaps, temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) are very rare in the city of Almería.

During the warmest months - July and August, the sky is clear and sunny and no rainfall occurs. The typical daily temperatures are around 33 °C (91 °F) during the heat of the day often rising to 38 °C (100 °F) or higher. The minimum temperatures stay around 24 °C (75 °F) during July and August. As is the case for most of coastal Iberia, heatwaves in Almería are less common than in the interior; The hottest temperature recorded was 43 °C (109 °F) in August 2011.[18]

Crystal cave

In 2000, a team of geologists found a cave filled with giant gypsum crystals in an abandoned silver mine near Almería. The cavity, which measures 8 x 1.8 x 1.7 metres, may be the largest geode ever found.[20] The entrance of the cave has been blocked by five tons of rocks, and is under police protection (to prevent looters from entering). According to geological models, the cave was formed during the Messinian salinity crisis 6 million years ago, when the Mediterranean sea evaporated and left thick layers of salt sediments (evaporites). The cave is currently not accessible to tourists.

Notable people

Sports

The Plaza de toros de Almería is the main bullring in Almería. It has a capacity of 10,000 and it opened in 1882.

See also

References

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2005 Mediterranean Games

The XVth Mediterranean Games Almería 2005 (XV Juegos del Mediterráneo 2005 in Spanish), commonly known as the 2005 Mediterranean Games, were the 15th Mediterranean Games. The Games were held in Almería, Spain over 10 days, from 24 June to 3 July 2005, where 3,214 athletes (2,134 men and 1,080 women) from 21 countries participated. There were a total of 258 medal events from 27 different sports.

2014–15 La Liga

The 2014–15 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 84th season of the premier association football league in Spain. The campaign began on 23 August 2014 and ended on 24 May 2015.

Barcelona won its 23rd title on 17 May 2015 after defeating defending champions Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, and also equalled the all-time record goal difference of +89 (110 goals scored and 21 conceded), originally set by Real Madrid in the 2011-12 season.

AD Almería

Agrupación Deportiva Almería was a Spanish football club based in Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1971, it held home matches at Estadio Municipal Juan Rojas, with a 13,468-seat capacity.

Adra, Spain

Adra, the classical Abdera, is a municipality of Almería province, Spain.

Almería Airport

Almería Airport (IATA: LEI, ICAO: LEAM) is located 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Almería city centre, in the province of Almería in south-eastern Spain.

Bruno (footballer)

Bruno Saltor Grau (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾuno salˈtoɾ ɣɾau]; born 1 October 1980), known simply as Bruno, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a right back.

He began his professional career with Espanyol, and went on to appear in 128 La Liga matches, all but one of which were with Almería and Valencia. In 2012 he signed with Brighton & Hove Albion, going on to spend seven years with the English club and also acting as its captain.

Clásica de Almería

The Clásica de Almería (English: Classic of Almería) is a single-day road bicycle race held annually in February or March in Almería, Spain, starting and finishing in Almería itself. Since 2005, the race is organised as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour. Established in 1986, the race was run as an amateur event in its first six years. In 1992, it became fully professional.

El Ejido

El Ejido (Spanish pronunciation: [el eˈxiðo]) is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It is located 32 km from Almería with a surface area of 227 km², and as reported in 2014 had 84,144 inhabitants. El Ejido is the centre of production for fruit and vegetables in the "Comarca de El Poniente". The work opportunities the city provides attract many foreign farmhands, who look for jobs mainly in the greenhouses around. This gives a solid push to its economy.

Fruit and vegetables from El Ejido are grown using Biological pest control.In close proximity to the city along the coast line is situated Almerimar, a popular destination for tourism and relaxation.

Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos

Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos is a multi-purpose stadium in Almería, Spain. It is the home ground of UD Almería, and holds 15,200 people.

Francisco (footballer, born 1978)

Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez (born 17 June 1978), known simply as Francisco, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and is the manager of SD Huesca.

His career was closely associated with Almería as both a player and manager, and he started coaching the first team at the age of 35. In the former capacity, he amassed Segunda División totals of 185 matches and 45 goals during six seasons, also representing Granada 74 and Alicante in the competition.

List of municipalities in Almería

This is a list of the municipalities in the province of Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

Lucas Alcaraz

Luis Lucas Alcaraz González (born 21 June 1966) is a Spanish retired footballer, and is a manager.

In a managerial career of over two decades, he competed in ten La Liga seasons at the helm of Recreativo, Racing de Santander, Granada and Levante. He was also in charge of five clubs in Segunda División, winning promotion with Recreativo and Murcia, and had a brief spell in international selection with Algeria.

Province of Almería

Almería (; Spanish: [almeˈɾi.a]) is a province of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. It is bordered by the provinces of Granada, Murcia, and the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital is the homonymous city of Almería.

Almería has an area of 8,774 km². With 701,688 (2014) inhabitants, its population density is 79.96/km², slightly lower than the Spanish average. It is divided in 102 municipalities.

Roquetas de Mar

Roquetas de Mar (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈketas de maɾ]) is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalucía, Spain. In 2016, the population was 91,965, the municipality with the second highest population in the province behind the capital, the 14th in Andalucía and the 69th in Spain.

Sierra Nevada (Spain)

Sierra Nevada (Spanish: [ˈsje.ra neˈβa.ða]; meaning "mountain range covered in snow") is a mountain range in the region of Andalucia, in the province of Granada and, a little further, Málaga and Almería in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain and the third highest in Europe, after the Caucasus Mountains and the Alps, Mulhacén at 3,479 metres (11,414 ft) above sea level.

It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in one of Europe's most southerly ski resorts, in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little further, Almería and Málaga.

Parts of the range have been included in the Sierra Nevada National Park. The range has also been declared a biosphere reserve. The Sierra Nevada Observatory and the IRAM radiotelescope are located on the northern slopes at an elevation of 2,800 metres (9,200 ft).

Tíjola

Tíjola is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

UD Almería

Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnjon depoɾˈtiβ(a) almeˈɾi.a]) is a Spanish football club based in Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 26 July 1989 and known as Almería Club de Fútbol until 2001, the club plays in Segunda División, and plays their homes games at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, with a 15,200-seat capacity.

UD Almería B

Unión Deportiva Almería B, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 2001, it is the reserve team of UD Almería and currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 4, holding home games between Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, with a 15,200-seat capacity.

Unai Emery

Unai Emery Etxegoien (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnai eˈmeɾi]; born 3 November 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. He is the head coach of Premier League club Arsenal.

After a modest playing career, spent mostly in Spain's Segunda División, Emery transitioned into coaching after retiring in 2004. He began at Lorca Deportiva CF, where he achieved promotion to the Segunda División in his first season, and was awarded the Miguel Muñoz Trophy. He then joined Almería, who he led to promotion to La Liga for the first time in the club's history. This earned him a move to La Liga heavyweights Valencia, where he regularly led the team to top three finishes. After leaving Valencia, he coached Spartak Moscow for six months, before moving to Sevilla in 2013.

At Sevilla, Emery gained plaudits for his style of football, and shrewdness in the transfer market alongside Monchi, the club's director of football. He achieved an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League victories, which earned him a move to French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. Although he achieved limited European success at PSG, he won the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions in his first year. He won all four domestic trophies in his second season, including Ligue 1, the Coupe de France, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophée des Champions.

After the expiry of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, Emery was appointed head coach of English club Arsenal in May 2018 following the resignation of long-serving manager Arséne Wenger.

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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Climate data for Almería (airport 21m) 1981-2010. Extremes (1932-)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 24.4
(75.9)
25.2
(77.4)
32.4
(90.3)
34.2
(93.6)
34.2
(93.6)
40.8
(105.4)
41.2
(106.2)
41.1
(106.0)
37.6
(99.7)
34.4
(93.9)
29.0
(84.2)
27.7
(81.9)
41.2
(106.2)
Average high °C (°F) 16.9
(62.4)
17.6
(63.7)
19.6
(67.3)
21.4
(70.5)
24.1
(75.4)
27.9
(82.2)
30.5
(86.9)
31.0
(87.8)
28.4
(83.1)
24.5
(76.1)
20.5
(68.9)
17.9
(64.2)
23.4
(74.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 12.6
(54.7)
13.3
(55.9)
15.1
(59.2)
17.0
(62.6)
19.7
(67.5)
23.5
(74.3)
26.1
(79.0)
26.7
(80.1)
24.2
(75.6)
20.4
(68.7)
16.4
(61.5)
13.8
(56.8)
19.1
(66.4)
Average low °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
9.0
(48.2)
10.6
(51.1)
12.5
(54.5)
15.3
(59.5)
18.9
(66.0)
21.7
(71.1)
22.4
(72.3)
20.0
(68.0)
16.3
(61.3)
12.3
(54.1)
9.6
(49.3)
14.7
(58.5)
Record low °C (°F) 0.1
(32.2)
1.0
(33.8)
1.0
(33.8)
6.0
(42.8)
8.4
(47.1)
10.4
(50.7)
12.0
(53.6)
14.8
(58.6)
10.1
(50.2)
1.6
(34.9)
3.1
(37.6)
2.0
(35.6)
0.1
(32.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 24
(0.9)
25
(1.0)
16
(0.6)
17
(0.7)
12
(0.5)
5
(0.2)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
14
(0.6)
27
(1.1)
28
(1.1)
30
(1.2)
200
(7.9)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 2.9 2.9 2.6 2.6 1.9 0.6 0.3 0.3 1.5 2.8 3.6 3.3 25.4
Average relative humidity (%) 67 67 65 62 63 61 60 63 65 68 67 67 65
Mean monthly sunshine hours 194 191 232 261 297 325 342 315 256 218 183 178 2,994
Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología[19]
Climate data for Almería (airport 21m) 1981-2010 (Highest and lowest mean temperatures)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean maximum °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.4
(66.9)
21.3
(70.3)
23.1
(73.6)
26.0
(78.8)
30.2
(86.4)
32.8
(91.0)
33.0
(91.4)
31.1
(88.0)
26.6
(79.9)
22.9
(73.2)
19.3
(66.7)
33.0
(91.4)
Mean minimum °C (°F) 5.9
(42.6)
6.5
(43.7)
8.1
(46.6)
10.5
(50.9)
12.0
(53.6)
15.7
(60.3)
19.3
(66.7)
20.0
(68.0)
17.2
(63.0)
13.5
(56.3)
10.6
(51.1)
7.6
(45.7)
5.9
(42.6)
Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología[19]
Municipalities of the province of Almería
Capitals of provinces of Spain

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