SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (apart from a few more wrinkles!)

San José, New Year's Day 2010        San José, New Year's Day 2014New Year's Day 2010New Years Day 2014 

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.

Temperatures

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. 


Sunlight

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.

Wet Days

Statistics for 2015
Howard Headworth, a local author who has been measuring temperature and rainfall for about 20 years, has just completed his weather statistics for 2015; click here to view.

 

Click for Almeria, Spain Forecast