Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Valencia in the Autumn

One of the things you are really going to love about Valencia is the climate. At the moment we are well into Autumn and here is an idea of what Autumn means. You get up in the morning, and if you get up early like me then it is still dark until the clocks go back next week. You then decide to get dressed and usually you dress totally inappropriately for the day. Why? Well if yesterday was raining for example and you expect the same you get dressed up nice and warm and by the time 10 or 11 in the morning comes around it is well over 20 degrees and you are starting to lightly perspire. By 2pm it is hot and perspiration has become sweat. The opposite is also true. Yesterday was sunny and hot so you put on a T-Shirt and jeans and spend the rest of the day dodging from balcony overhang to balcony overhang in Valencia and having too many coffees as you wait for the pouring rain to ease off. As I write this it is 10am and sunny. Do I dare risk just a T-Shirt today?

The rest of the year is virtually guaranteed sunshine with the odd cloudy day, over 300 sunny days per year here. But Autumn is different and because it is so, it is a special time in Valencia. The last three years have been worrying because of the ongoing drought but this year has been the sixth wettest since records began in 1857 and there are still two months left.

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