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Climate in the Genal Valley

The Genal Valley is influenced by the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, open to moist air currents from the south east, with mountains to the east that act as a barrier to cold in winter and heat in summer. This produces a climate that varies quite markedly from the surrounding areas. Rainfall is way above the average for Andalusia, and similar to that of the nearby Natural Parks (Sierra de Grazalema, Los Alcornocales and Sierra de las Nieves).

At the top end of the Genal Valley, climate is more continental, with short but cold winters and generally hot summers. Frost is common between November and March, although relatively mild and for areas with little direct sunlight. Snow is not generalized, except in the region bordering on the Sierra de las Nieves. In the lower valley, both winters and summers are less severe, and frost is a rare occurrence. Taking the village of Pujerra as an example, the average temperature at the top of the valley is 15.5ºC, and somewhat warmer at the bottom.

Rainfall exceeds 1,000 mm throughout the Genal Valley, due to the humid air blowing in from the open southeast and striking mountains whose heights exceed 1,000 metres. Indeed, the higher the land, the greater the rainfall, with figures of 2,177 l/m2 registered in Alpandeire.



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