One of the reasons why people love to come to San José and Southern Spain generally is because the climate is fantastic, of course.  However, this end of the Costa del Sol is different, since the influence of the Atlantic lessens as you travel East along the coast, until you reach our local Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata – Níjar, where we have the only official desert in Europe. 

Daylight
One of the most noticeable features of this region is the quality and duration of daylight here.  It is a pure, intense light which gives Almería, along with St John of Acre, Athens and Syracuse, the highest number of daylight hours in the world (3100 hours of sunshine per year). 

Here are the statistics for the average hours of sunlight per day. Particularly interesting are the relatively high numbers in Spring, Autumn and Winter, when Northern Europe is so depressingly dark.  

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Almeria

  6

  7

  7

  9

 10

 11

 12

 11

  9

  7

  6

  5

London

  1

  2

  4

  5

  6 

  7

  6

   6

  5

 3

  2

  1

Madrid

  5

  6

  6

  8

  9

 11

 12

  11

   9

  6

   5

  5

Hamburg

  2

  2

  4

  6

  7

  8

  7

  7

  6

  3

  1

  1

Paris

  2

  3

  5

  6

  7

  8

  8

  7

  6

  4

  2

  2

 

Rainfall (lack of)
As mentioned before, this is a desert region, which means that the rivers don’t reach the sea.  Of course it rains occasionally, sometimes heavily but generally the days are dry and bright.  It’s a lot drier here than even Madrid.  Once again, Spring, Autumn and Winter show a big difference from Northern Europe. 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Almeria

6

4

5

5

3

1

0

1

3

5

4

5

London

15

13

11

12

12

11

12

11

13

13

15

15

Madrid

8

7

10

9

10

5

2

3

6

8

9

10

Hamburg

18

16

13

14

14

14

17

16

15

17

18

18

Paris

17

14

12

13

12

12

12

13

13

13

15

16