Snowfalls are not common


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    Snowfalls are not common

    Post by kosovohp on Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:19 am

    Snowfalls are not common, seldom causing any disruption to traffic, but frost is common on the outskirts of the city.[41][42] Nonetheless, the city has experienced its share of heavy snowfalls, as for example at Christmas 1962,[43] when a true blizzard affected the city, with 50 cm (19.69 in) of snow falling within the city and at least 1 metre on the hills. But, according to old news sources, the greatest snowfall took place in 1887, with over 50 cm (19.69 in). The third heaviest snowfall was in December 1933, with 30 cm (11.81 in) on Montjuïc hill. The most recent ones took place on 8 March 2010, 6 January 2009, 27 January 2006, 28 February 2005, 29 February 2004, 18 February 2003, 14 December 2001 and the 21st November 1999 (the only snowfall so early in winter at least 3 centuries).

    Thunderstorms, which occasionally reach severe limits, are common from mid August until November. The most recent major summer storm was on the 31 July 2002,[44] when over 200 mm (7.87 in) of rain were recorded at some observatories.

    Though Barcelona is normally not a windy city, it is affected by sea breezes from May/June to September and winds from the west and north-west in winter. Eastern gales sometimes cause floods on the coastline. East and north-east winds can exceed 100 km/h (62.14 mph). In winter Barcelona is sometimes affected by the tramontana or mistral winds, like other places in the Northwestern Mediterranean Basin.

    Barcelona is generally a sunny city, however, some days of fog and spells of cloudy days are not rare. Sea fog is frequent in early spring, when the first warm African air masses come in over the cold sea water. Cloudy days are most frequent from April to October/November.

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