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Climate of Cantabria and Asturias

Asturias and Cantabria are the symbols of "Green Spain" with good reason. Waves of depressions sweep in from the Atlantic bringing plentiful precipatation in its various guises throughout the year, though with a dip in the summer months.

Climate of Asturias. The region is one of the wettest in the Penisula, and the Picos de Europa is home to some of the heaviest snowfalls. Tempeatures in the capital Oviedo are a yearly average of 12.9ºC, typical of the region, with the coast enjoying mild summers and winters, while the latter are harsh and bitterly cold in the mountainous hinterland. Somiedo for example has an average of 15ºC in July and just 3ºC in January. The Somiedo region and the Picos receive plentiful snowfalls between November and February. Degaña receives an average of 2127.9mm of rainfall, making it one of the wettest spots in Spain. Precipatation on the rest varies between 1000 and 1500mm.

Climate of Cantabria. Similar to Asturias in its dual maritime and mountainous nature and in figures for rainfall, Cantabria is together with the Basque Country the least sunniest region of Iberia. Santender for example gets 1638 hours of sun a year compared with an excess of 3000 in parts of Andalusia and just 74 hours on avarage in dark December. Again tempeatures on the coast are mild with yearly averages of around13-15ºC, while inland winters are very cold- Reinosa (from "Reino del Oso": the kingdom of the bear). at 855 metres has 90 days of frost a year, and a January temperature of 2.2ºC and just 8.8ºC as a yearly average. Inland few areas fall below 1,000mm, and most of Cantabia has 1200-1600mm a year, with areas in excess of 2,000mm. Orographioc fog is common throughout the year. Cantabria is famous for the suradas, a sharp rise in tempeartures due to the föhn effect when winds blow across the Cordillera Cantabrica and arrive to the coast reheated, where in places such as Santender temeperatues in Santener can reach 40ºC when the average in August is only 20ºC.

(Adapted from the truly excellent "Guía del Clima de España. Vicente Aupi. Omega 2005. Buy it!)

 

1971-2000

Jan

Feb.

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Year

Oviedo average temperatures

8.0

8.8

10.0

10.6

13.3

16.1

18.3

18.7

17.3

14.0

10.8

9.0

12.9

Oviedo average precipitation (mm)

85

85

82

109

94

53

52

55

64

98

101

96

973

Source: INM

Geography of Cantabria and Asturias

Surface area of Asturias and Cantabria in km2

Asturias (Principado de)

10604

Cantabria

5321

Highest mountains in Asturias and Cantabria

Carlos de Haes ; Los Picos de Europa. (1860 )
Museo del Prado (167 x 123 cm.)

ASTURIAS

 

 

 

Asturias

Torre Cerredo

Picos de Europa

2648

CANTABRIA

 

 

 

Cantabria

Torreblanca

Picos de Europa

2617

See: Naranjo de Bulnes and the history of Spanish conservationism

Flora and wildlife of Cantabria and Asturias

See

Nature reserves in Asturias

National Parks in Asturias / Parques Nacionales en Asturias

  • Picos De Europa

Natural Parks in Asturias / Parques Naturales en Asturias

  • Somiedo
  • Redes
  • Fuentes Del Narcea Y Del Ibias

Nature Reserves in Asturias / Reservas Naturales en Asturias

  • Bosque De Muniellos
  • Peloño
  • Cueto De Arbás
  • Ria Del Eo
  • Ria De Villaviciosa
  • Barayo
  • Cueva De Las Caldas
  • Cueva Del Sidrón
  • Cueva Del Lloviu
  • Cueva Rosa

Protected Sites in Asturias / Espacios Protegidos en Asturias

  • Costa Oriental
  • Costa Occidental
  • Cuenca Del Esva
  • Cabo Peñas
  • Sierras De Carondio Y Valledor
  • Sierra Del Aramo
  • Sierra Del Sueve
  • Sierra Del Cuera
  • Peña Ubiña
  • Pico Caldoveiro

Natural Monuments in Asturias / Monumentos Naturales en Asturias
Bufones de Arenillas
Complejo de Cobijeru
Bufones de Santiuste
Playa de Gulpiyuri
Entrepeñas y Playa de Vega
Saucedas de Buelles
Sistema del Trave
Yacimiento de Icnitas de la Costa Centro-Oriental
Ruta del Alba
Sistema del Jitu
Torca Urriellu
Tejo de Santibañez de la Fuente
Red de Toneyu
Carbayera del Tragamón
Foces de el Pino
Carbayón de Lavandera
Isla de la Deva y Playón de Bayas
Desfiladero de las Xanas
Charca de Zeluán y Ensenada de Lloredo
Playa del Espartal
Tejo y Rebollo de Bermiego
Cueva Huerta
Turbera de las Dueñas
Puertos de Marabio
Tejo de las Salas
Alcornocal de Boxu
Carbayón de Valentín
Fayona de Eirós
Tejo de Lago
Hoces del Esva
Tejo de Santa Coloma
Playa de Frexulfe
Cuevas de Andina
Cascadas de Oneta
Playa de Penarronda

Nature reserves in Cantabria

Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno
Parque Natural Saja-Besaya
Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel
Parque del Macizo de Peña Cabarga
Parque Natural Dunas de Liencres
Parque Natural de Collados del Asón
Parque Natural de Oyambre
Parque Natural de los Picos de Europa

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