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When to visit

Because Vera Playa is located just about as far south as it is possible to go in Europe, and is some way from the Atlantic, it normally enjoys exceptionally mild winter weather. The south-east corner of Spain within which it lies normally has over 300 days with sun each year and an exceptionally dry climate - which is good for people who suffer from rheumatism and arthritis and other maladies which are worse in a damp environment. (Don't believe any claims you hear about 340, 350 days of solid sun in any place or resort - that's just advertising hype - everywhere has to have some rain - which means cloud as well - to be habitable! The Costa Almeria, almost certainly, has the highest amount of sunshine in mainland Europe and certainly has the warmest and driest winters - probably driest summers too - after all it's only about 40 kms from Europe's only officially designated desert - Tabernas - and not far off from being desert itself).

Most Spanish visitors take their main holidays in July or August and this is the time when Vera Playa is the busiest. It is also the time when temperatures can be very high indeed and when air-conditioning, especially at night, can be nice (not much benefit during the day though - unless you like being shut up indoors with all the doors and windows closed!). However there is often a breeze from the sea and the weather is rarely stifling.

Visitors and property owners from northern European countries tend to like to holiday at Vera Playa sometime between April and June or in September/October when the weather is usually warm to hot and generally settled. Stiff sea breezes can whip up during settled days, but, as in the summer, this helps to avoid the climate becoming too stifling.The weather can be fine and warm and good enough for sun-bathing throughout the winter - even in the depths of winter daytime highs of the low 70s in the shade are common in sheltered, south-oriented situations, though night temperatures can fall to single figures. In winter (November/December to February/March) it is essential to stay in a property which has a good southerly orientation, not only so you can sunbathe on your own terrace/garden but also because it makes a lot of difference to the temperature inside the apartment - properties which get little or no winter sun on them can be very cold inside and, surprisingly, some have no means of heating, probably because their owners only use them in the summer. If you are booking an apartment be very careful to check out its orientation and what heating it has.

So, the answer to the question "When to visit?" is simple - when you feel like it!

Note: Due to the intensity of the sun, especially in Spring and Summer, adequate sun protection is vital and if your salt intake is normally low - as it often is these days on medical advice - take salt tablets or other extra salt to avoid heatstroke.

 

Vera Playa Weather

Torrential rain & sad news
Early May has seen unseasonal torrential rain which caused local ramblas to flow and swept many trees and other vegetation out to sea and subsequently deposited on the local beaches. Two people are reported killed at nearby Pulpi by the raging torrents which came down the rambla, part of which is used as a road, and swept away several cars.

We are very sad to report that John Cornforth who has kept these weather statistics for this website since its inception in 2001 died recently. John and his wife Helen lived until last year at the Bahia de Vera naturist urbanizacion and as those who knew him will readily testify John was a thoroughly nice chap and always keen to help anyone, from gardening to mechanical and electrical engineering problems - his totally reliable and meticulous work in keeping these weather statistics was a fine example - he was dragooned into keeping them by me, but then he did so as a matter of both interest and dedication. I shall miss him greatly and we send our sincerest condolences to Helen, his widow.

Is there a resident of Vera Playa who would be willing to pick up John's baton and keep the weather statistics in future? If so please contact me (see homepage for contact details).

Webmaster, 6 May 2006


2006:

Month Daytime temp (Celsius) Nightime temp (Celsius) No. of days
  Average
max
Highest
max
Lowest
max
Average
low
Highest
low
Lowest
low
All sun Sun & cloud Cloudy (no sun) Rain and cloud Rainy days
(No sun)
January 15 19 10 5 9 0 10 8 5 5 3
February 19 22 13 7 11 4 15 4 6 3 0
March 23 28 19 11 15 6 27 1 3 0 0

2005
Month Daytime temp (Celsius) Nightime temp (Celsius) No. of days
  Average
max
Highest
max
Lowest
max
Average
low
Highest
low
Lowest
low
All sun Sun & cloud Cloudy (no sun) Rain and cloud Rainy days
(No sun)
January 16 20 10 6 11 0 24 6 1 0 0
February 16 21 11 6 12 3 16 4 0 3 5
March 20 26 16 10 18 4 19 9 0 1 2
April 25 30 21 13 17 10 25 3 2 0 0
May 31 36 27 17 21 14 29 1 0 1 0
June 33 37 30 21 22 18 28 2 0 0 0
July 35 40 31 22 28 18 31 0 0 0 0
August 34 41 31 20 24 17 21 8 1 1 0
September 30 36 26 17 23 13 22 6 0 2 0
October 26 30 22 14 18 9 15 8 7 1 0
November 21 27 17 8 14 3 15 7 4 2 2
December 17 24 12 6 11 1 22 5 2 0 2

2004
Month Daytime temp (Celsius) Nightime temp (Celsius) No. of days
  Average
max
Highest
max
Lowest
max
Average
low
Highest
low
Lowest
low
All sun Sun & cloud Cloudy (no sun) Rain and cloud Rainy days
(No sun)
January 19 24 15 8.5 15 5 25 5 1 0 0
February 19 23 15 8.5 13 5 13 8 6 1

1

March 20 25 12 11 15 1 16 5 3 1 6
April 25 31 15 12 15 7 19 6 0 2 3
May 30 34 23 15 20 12 20 6 0 5 0
June 35 40 31 21 25 17 29 1 0 0 0
July 39 42 36 24 25 22 31 0 0 0 0
August 37 42 30 24 26 21 25 6 0 0 0
September 31 35 28 22 27 18 18 9 3 0 0
October 25 30 22 17 21 12 20 10 0 1 0
November 19.5 23 17 12 15 7 20 6 1 2 1
December 18 21 13 10 14 4 14 9 4 2 2
Year 26.5 42 12 15.4 26 1 250 71 18 14 13

2003
Month Daytime temp (C/F) Nightime temp No. of days
  Average
max
Highest
max
Lowest
max
Average
low
Highest
low
Lowest
low
All sun Sun & cloud Cloudy (no sun) Rain and cloud Rainy days
(No sun)
January 14/58.5 19/66 10/50       15 13 1 0 2
February 18/63 22/72 11/52      

14

1 8 4 1
March 20/68 24/76 17/58       21 3 2 3 2
April 25/77 29/84 21/70       14 12 2 2 0
May 29/82 32/90 21/70       26 3 1 0 1
June 35/95 41/106 32/88       29 0 0 1 0
July 35/95 37/98 33/92       30 0 1 0 0
August 35/96 43/110 32/90       28 3 0 0 0
September 31/86.5 33/92   20.5/69   19/66 21 8 0 1 0
October 25/78 33/92 22/71 17/62   12/53 10 10 4 5 2
November 20 23 17 14 17 9 13 8 3 4 2
December 18.5 23 13 9 11 4 22 2 3 2 2
Year             243 63 25 22 12

2002
Month Daytime temp (C/F) No. of days
  Average
max
Highest
max
Lowest
max
All sun Sun & cloud Cloudy (no sun) Rain and cloud Rainy days
(No sun)
January 15/60 16/62 12/54 20 6 2 3 0
February 16/61 20/68 13/56 20 5 3 0 0
March 18/64 23/74 14/58 17 5 7 2 0
April 20/68.5 23/74 16/62 21 3 4 0 2
May 24/75 29/84 15/60 22 6 1 1 1
June 28/83 30/86 24/76 25 4 0 0 1
July 30/87 33/92 28/84 29 2 0 0 0
August 31/88 36/96 27/82 22 9 0 0 0
September 30/85 32/90 26/80 19 10 0 1

0

October 25/77 28/82 20/68 15 9 4 3 0
November 20/68.5 24/76 15/60 12 14 2 0 2
December 18/63 21/70 14/58 17 7 5 1 1

2001
Month Daytime temp (C/F) No. of days
  Average
max
Highest
max
Lowest
max
All sun Sun & cloud Cloudy (no sun) Rain and cloud Rainy days
(No sun)
April 24/74 28/82 15/60 22 2 4 2 0
May 24/74

29/84

15/60 20 4 4 3 0
June 30/85 33/92 24/76 27 2 0 1 0
July 30/86 34/94 28/84 22 9 0 0 0
August 30/87 32/90 27/82 28 2 0 1 0
September 26/78 31/88 25/78 20 6 0 2 2
October 24/76 29/84 22/72 22 5 1 2 1
November 18/64 22/72 13/56 15 9 3 2 1
December 15/60 21/70 10/50 11 6 5 3 6

N.B. All temperature measurements were taken in shade in a north facing location.Shade temperatures in sheltered south-facing locations can be 5 to 10 degrees Celsius higher - for example, on 28 January 2003 the shade temperature at a north-facing property was 16 degrees and at a south-facing one 26 degrees.
Statistics for just one year are inevitably atypical as each individual year has unique weather - for example December 2001 had quite exceptionally dull and cold weather.

Statistics courtesy of John Cornforth (up to June 2005 lived at Vera Playa but now lives a little way away inland, so please regard temperatures etc as indicative of the Levante sub-region) - maximum temperatures at Vera Playa are probably a degree or so lower and minimum temperatures a degree or so higher (due to the proximity of the sea and sea breezes).

Footnote: Please see our homepage for the sad news about John's death - click here

Weather Monitor & Forecasts

Click for Almeria  weather information and forecast - but note that information is for Almeria city 100 kms from Vera Playa

A word of caution: Our home page used to carry a link to the above weather monitoring station which is in Almeria city approx 100 kms from Vera Playa on the other side of a range of hills and mountains. Local observation during 2002 suggests that the temperatures shown by the Almeria city monitor are frequently 4 to 6 degrees celsius lower than at Vera Playa. This tends to confirm the reputation of the coastline around Vera Playa as being the warmest spot on the Spanish coast. Almeria city is "round the south-east corner" of Spain and is more open to colder Atlantic weather pushing through the Straits of Gibraltar.
The BBC website has a link to a weather station at Garrucha (click here) which is likely to be much more reliable for Vera Playa, as it is only about 5 kms away. Unfortunately we cannot use the Garrucha monitor on our homepage directly.

A good weather website to visit is www.inm.es - the Spanish equivalent of the Met Office

Last update: 6 May 2006


 

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