What’s the Weather like in Tokyo?

Unless you are of a certain age or a fan of Tony Hancock my feeble attempt at a joke will have passed you by, so we will start again.

What’s the Weather like in Periana?

That’s better, and let me say straight away our favourite weather site is Meteo Malaga.  It is run by a German fellow called Harry Happe who has a weather station situated high above the Eastern end of Lake Vinuela.   The site is special for many reasons not least of which is the accuracy of forecasts.   Harry claims to be the only site in Southern Spain, with the exception of a USAF base, that does manual forecasts.   The others are computer generated.  The site has received almost two and a half million visitors since 2003.

At first sight Meteo Malaga might seem overwhelming as it provides so much content. Want to know what the geomagnetic field is doing; check the bushfire index; want to see what shipping is passing along the coastline, just log on and you can see it all and much besides.  It will even show you the name of the ship and where bound.   Not too sure what this has to do with weather but it is great fun.

More serious stuff is there too and the three day forecast is the most useful to most of us. Harry told me recently that due to the various climatic influences in our little corner of the world it is virtually impossible to do accurate forecasts for more than three days.   Other sites which we give below will offer up to fifteen day forecasts!

Another offering from this site is a “severe weather warning” and it can be sent to you via e-mail.   It is free to register.   Weather statistics and even a graph showing the water levels of the lake can be accessed and last but not least, Harry has a webcam looking westward down the lake and just below this picture is one from Cantueso’s own webcam. Ours looks South and it is interesting to see the difference the angle and direction of the sun can make to the two pictures.

On our website we also have seasonal data for rainfall and temperatures.

So what can you expect in Periana in Spring?

A wondeful time to be in Andalusia.   Highs of between 18 to 22C, and lows of 11 to 15C. Spring flowers in the hills and perfect temperatures for walking, birdwatching and of course photography.

…and in Summer

You can normally sunbathe and swim almost every day from June to September.   Virtually no rain and daily highs of about 35C and nightly lows of 15C.

….and in Winter

Mixture of beautiful clear, sunny days, with some overcast but warm days.   Evenings noticeably cooler.  Starts to rain late September or early October, and can be heavy but rarely lasts more than a day or two. Daily highs about 20C and nightly lows around 10C.   A pullover needed in the day and a jacket at night.

Other weather sites include the following which can be helpful if you need regional forecasts when driving through Spain for example Canalmeteo or Meteored.

Below is an interesting chart showing how the weather is in a typical year. This is for 2009 as later statistics are incomplete. You can see the original and other years here.

Weather at a glance for a typical year

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