El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve

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Climate in El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve

El Torcal de Antequera is affected from the south by the ocean winds that blow inland from the Mediterranean, and from the north by the immense plains that bring drier, hotter air.   Added to this is the fact that the maximum height of the Nature Reserve is considerable (1,337 metres), therefore rainfall is relatively high, ranging from a minimum of 536 mm to a maximum of 1,050 . Rain is highest between November and December, and lowest between April and May, whereas in July and August it is very uncommon. Snow may fall in winter, but only lasts for 2-3 days.

Additionally, an interesting effect of the difference in air currents is the appearance of mist, especially in the higher parts of El Torcal de Antequera. This happens on an average of 42 days per year, and while making walking difficult due to the possibility of getting lost in rocky terrain, it can be a very attractive sight from the Visitor Centre.

Winters are logically cold, in contrast with hot and dry summers. Average yearly temperatures are around 14ºC.


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