Hail - 18 October 17

Wow - summer is gone. This is a picture of the hail storm earlier this morning. As well as hail, rain and strong winds we also had a power cut.

Just before the storm started we heard a rocket go off. I guess this was the management of the golf course telling all off the long stay swedes and hotel guests to get off the course.

The only good thing about it is the golf course has been crying out for some rain for some time. So I guess the weather will cool down the greens and help the grass grow a bit.

We should be expecting a warmer, drier autumn this year according to the article here on the Olive Press site.

No fans on in the bedroom overnight and we even have a duvet cover on the bed (without a duvet of course).

Plus the early morning temperature on our terrace is only 22 degrees. The real temperature is probably less than this as the thermometer is on the wall so is probably showing some stored heat from the wall.

Summer is nearly over and most of the swimming pools in the urbanisations in Almerimar are closed or will close soon.

It will soon be time for me to cover up my white legs again until next summer.

As you can see from the story here on the Euro Weekly News site we are feeling a bit hot at the moment.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been complaining a bit that it has been first very hot followed by days of windy weather in Almerimar.

Having just taken a look at the article here on the Olive Press site about the hail storm in the province of Murcia a couple of days ago perhaps I do not have too much to complain about.


Just picked this up off the Spectrum FM Facebook page....

"Summer on the way as southern Spain set to bask in 30C-plus temperatures

THE Costa del Sol is expected to sizzle this weekend, but temperatures of up to 32°C could spell bad news for sun-worshippers.
With the mercury set to soar, experts from state weather agency AEMET have warned that the searing heat will trigger dangerously high UV levels from Thursday.
The blast of heat will see thousands of people hitting the beach, but members of the public are advised to stay out of the sun from 2-5pm and drink plenty of water.
Hot southerly winds are forecast from Friday, with temperatures set to rocket into the thirties on Saturday and Sunday before cooling as the weekend draws to a close."
Source: Euro Weekly Newspaper


It has suddenly got hot around here. It is now in the 20s in the shade on our terrace when I get up on a morning. The lightweight duvet has reappeared now and the winter duvet has gone away. Summer is approaching.

Wow it is windy today. The forecast says 11 m/s is expected. Then up to 13 m/s on Thursday and 12 m/s on Friday. You can multiply these values by 3.6 if you prefer wind speed in km/h.

I do not envy the golfers playing out there today. If the forecast does not change I think we might make a decision to cancel the Friday golf competition this week.

Sea Fret 15 April 17

I have been a bit busy this morning so have only just got around to publishing this photo. This was the view from our terrace at around 09:30. As you can see there is some sea fret. It lasted on and off throughout this morning.

Having spotted some information on Facebook I have checked the AEMET (Spanish weather) site for any alerts. Today there is a yellow alert along the coast of Almería for high winds and high tides.

The good news is that there are no alerts for tomorrow.

Looking at the forecast for tomorrow there is a chance of a shower in the morning then the wind gets up to 5-6 m/s in the afternoon. So it will be breezy but not as bad as today.

I woke up early this morning and was looking out of the window around an hour ago. At the time  I could hardly see out of the window due to the mist. Luckily for the golfers it is starting to clear now.

We have been a bit busy the last couple of days so I have not had a chance to publish much here.

One thing that has happened recently is we have had weather for 4 seasons in less than a couple of days.

On Friday morning we had early tee times for the FGS competition. We started off in sunshine but finished with cloud cover when the last group finished their round. While we were in the clubhouse for the prize giving in the afternoon the heavens opened. The rain was pouring down and the wind got up.

Overnight on Friday night and early Saturday morning the wind was really strong so it was really noisy outside overnight.

Yesterday morning we left town at around 10:30am for an FGS trip to a bodega. The weather was overcast but there was no rain. As we made our way towards Adra on the motorway the rain started and then stayed in place pretty much all of the day. The rain must have reached Almerimar while we were at the bodega as it was pouring down when we arrived back in town around 6pm.

Last night the winds had calmed down and this morning we have cloud and sun with a light breeze. It is now a pleasant 18 degrees on our terrace.

Hopefully there will not be much more of this iffy weather now that we are slowly making our way into spring.

It was really cold again today. There were also some showers. So the Friday golfers decided to cancel the competition today. A few of the more hardy souls are out there playing but the majority decided against it.

The good news is that as from tomorrow the temperature should start increasing again. The 4 different weather websites that I look at regularly all say that the maximum temperature should be moving up to the mid-teens in the next few days. Also, apart from a few showers tomorrow the rain looks like it is going away for a little while.

It looks like it is going to be really cold and wet the next few days. The forecast has a maximum of 9 degrees with winds of 7 m/s today. So cold and windy that Jacqui and I were not able to play golf today.

The next 2 days have maximum temperatures of 11 and 10 degrees with rain forecast as well. So we may end up cancelling Friday golf this week.

The article here on the Olive Press site has details of the cold weather across Andalucía.

The article here on Euro Weekly News site describes the strange weather we had in the province in 2016.

For example, Almería city had the driest year ever recorded in the period from October 2015 to October 2016. After that, in November 2016, the heavens opened and various rainfall records were broken in the province.

The article finishes with a long term weather prediction for the rest of the winter period. Lots more rain to come with mostly warmer than usual weather.

Snow on the Sierra Gador - 19 December 2016

Snow on the Sierra Nevada - 19 December 2016

I was out and about in town this morning and spotted lots of snow on both the Sierra Gador (behind El Ejido) and on our side of the Sierra Nevada. I guess it is the result of the heavy rains recently.

I stopped close to the Almerimar sign roundabout to take the first picture above. Then stopped close to the waste land on the other side of the roundabout for Velas Blancas for the other photo.

Not long now until the shortest day. So soon the slow movement toward spring will commence.

In the last few days the temperature has dropped quite a bit, particularly later in the day. Also, we had quite a bit of rain overnight and depending on which weather site you look at we are scheduled to have some more soon.

However it is a lovely sunny day today. So I guess we cannot moan too much.

Up until now we have had a great autumn. It has been mainly dry with quite a lot of sunshine. However things have changed in the last few days. We have had thunderstorms and lots of rainfall since Monday. The last happened overnight and it is looking a bit cloudy again now. Also, the temperature on our terrace this morning is only 15 degrees.

Time to get out the long trousers, fleeces, rain jackets and umbrellas.