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.

I read an article at the weekend saying that the temperature was going to drop across a lot of Spain in the coming days.

Just after 9am this morning I looked at the temperature outside on our terrace. It was showing as less the 18 degrees. A lot colder than it has been recently.

Looking at the long term forecast the temperature goes as low as 12 degrees tomorrow with maximum daytime temperatures of 20 degrees in the next week or so.

Jeans and jumper on for me from now on....

I have been a bit busy the last few days so have not had much time to publish stuff here.

The last thing I wrote was about autumn coming to Almerimar. Soon after I did that it felt that the temperatures went back up again. I think the difference is that we had not had much windy weather recently.

The forecast is still for highs only in the low to mid 20s. However without a strong breeze the daytime temperature is still not feeling too low at the moment.

Autumn has now arrived in Almerimar. It has been rainy the last two days and it is pretty windy today. Also, the wind now seems to have switched round to the poniente direction (coming from the west). Plus the temperature has now started to drop. With daily highs of between the low and mid 20s expected now according to the long term forecast.

We had a pretty good summer this year. Thankfully not as hot as last year. Also, the extended period good weather has made it up until almost the middle of October. I guess we cannot complain.

It has taken a while but summer is now starting to finish and autumn is on its way.

Yesterday was cloudier and cooler than it has been for ages. Also the overnight temperature on our terrace was in the low 20s for the first time last night.

Not long now until my legs will be covered up until next summer.

Generally this summer has been cooler that last year. However things have changed today.

Normally when we reach September the temperature starts dropping down a little. However today it is hot, hot, hot. Just looked and it is 36 degrees in the shade on our terrace at the moment.

Feeling hot hot hot

Picked this up off the Spectrum FM Costa Almeria Facebook page......

"Seventeen Spanish provinces on alert for extreme weather

From soaring temperatures to ferocious storms, Spain is set for one crazy week of weather.

Spain’s national weather agency, Aemet, placed 17 of the country’s provinces on alert for high temperatures or risk of storms on Monday, as temperatures soared across Spain.

The provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza and Lleida are on alert for temperatures that could exceed 36C as well as storms, while the provinces on alert for stormy weather are: Ávila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, Zamora, Girona, Lleida, Navarra, Cáceres and La Rioja.

They are on a yellow alert, which means there is a "risk" of extreme weather occurring.
Spain’s Mediterranean coast is set to enjoy cloudless skies this week, while clouds will move in from the northwestern region of Galicia, Aemet reports.

In the Canary Islands, there will be clouds in the north with the risk of light rain.

Source: The Local"

Misty morning

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month, no returns.

Here is the photo from our terrace at 7am this morning. Nice view of the golf course.

You really do not want to know why I was awake at 7am.

Now we are in May I am expected summer weather. The temperature is warming up a bit now. So much so that the summer grass is starting to grow on the golf course. So the course is slowly becoming greener.

The bad news is that it feels like we are having more windy days than in previous years. Hopefully the wind should die down soon and we can look forward to sunny days with a light breeze to cool us down a bit.

We got back here yesterday morning from a weekend break in the UK to be greeted by very strong winds. This morning when we got up we were greeted by rain. This is not what I ordered.

The only good news is the forecast does not look too bad. Mostly sun and afternoon/evening winds at 5-7 m/s. Well within the parameters that allow Jacqui and I to frequent the golf course.

The last few days have been a good time to be a wind surfer. Not so good for the golfers.

I will be off to do battle with the wind in Sune & Marianne's Tuesday golf on a Wednesday later today. I hope I do not get blown off the course.

Just looked at the long term weather forecast for Almerimar and the strongest wind predicted is 6 m/s (21-22 km/h) on 2 days out of the next 10. The other days it is down around a maximum of 4 m/s.

Good news for the golfers but not so good for the windsurfers.

Sand clouds over Spain - 21 February 2016

Jacqui mentioned this photo on Facebook from Tim Peake. Since Saturday it has been very hazy in Almerimar. With loads of sand appearing on cars, terraces and windows etc. It is still hazy here today.

It was so windy yesterday morning the FGS Sunday golf competition was cancelled. However by later in the afternoon the wind calmed down a bit and a number of people managed to squeeze a round in.

Looking out of the window today it is back to having a sunny day with a calm sea. The thermometre is showing 21 degrees in the shade on the terrace.

All is well with the world apart from my nasty cold.

I have been looking round on the internet for photos of Carnaval in Almerimar yesterday. Nothing published yet. I will post something on here if/when I find any pictures.