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Day: May 6, 2014

Second hottest April since 1927

Torrevieja’s Mastral Project reports only 2006 was warmer Since 1927, the year in which meteorological records began in Torrevieja, only in 2006 was there a hotter month of April, when the average temperature was 19ºC, only 0.2ºC higher than the 18.8ºC recorded this year. This is almost 3ºC higher than normal for April and higher even than the average for the month of May. There were days towards the end of the month when it reached 30ºC and the minimum temperatures were also high, with almost tropical nights of about 20ºC It was also another very dry month with barely five litres of rainfall per square metre registered in Torrevieja, which all fell on just two days. This now makes four consecutive months of below average rainfall and we are looking at 2014 one of the driest years in recent memory. It was back in 1995 that there was last a drier start to the year. Predictions for the coming days do not expect any change to the good weather. Across the Valencian Community, according to the State Meteorology Agency, AEMET, April was also very dry and extremely hot, with temperatures up to 4.5ºC above average. AEMET also noted the scarcity of rain around practically the whole region. April was also distinguished by banks of advection fog coming ashore, which are formed by warm, moist air passing over a...

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Win prizes shopping in Torrevieja

A campaign of monthly prize draws begins in May During the months of May, June, September, October and November this year, there is a campaign to encourage shopping in Torrevieja, which has been organised by the Town Hall, the Small and Medium sized Business Association (APYMECO) and the Association of Industries and Businesses of the Casa Grande Estate in Torrevieja. Any local business can join in the campaign, either as members of either association or by approaching the Town Hall Concejalía de Comercio (Department of Commerce). The first, which is this month and called ‘Shopping Torrevieja Mayo’, will raffle off prizes amongst everyone who puts in one of the entry forms, which can be obtained from any of the participating establishments until May 29th. The prizes are: a massage with almond oil and a spa circuit for two people; a haircut and makeover; a family photo session in a studio; and a dinner for...

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Between Two Worlds in Torrevieja

Art and science combine for exhibition The Casino cultural society in Torrevieja is the venue for an exhibition of acrylic paintings by the Alicante-born artist, Luis Miguel Gutiérrez, who is also a professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Alicante’s Institute of Neurosciences. He comes from a line of respected artists, including his famous and recently deceased uncle, Peten. The artist will present his exhibition, ‘Entre dos mundos: Arte y Ciencia’ (Between two worlds: Art and Science) on Friday, to mark the publication of the spring edition of the magazine published by the Ars Creatio Cultural Association. This magazine and their website, www.arscreatio.com, have one of Dr Gutiérrez’ paintings on the cover, while the exhibition will be open until May...

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Sevillanas success

Thousands enjoy Pilar’s Andalusian style fair Pilar de la Horadada’s third Sevillanas Fair “exceeded all expectations”, assured Mayor José Fidel Ros, who commented that the fair ground had been “full of joy for the last four days”. He was speaking on Sunday morning, just before the offering of flowers to the Virgen del Pilar, a parade in which hundreds of people joined in, along with carriages and horses, inundating the streets with flowers as far as the Nuestra Sra del Pilar church. That afternoon, the fair ground was still to host the Sevillanas contest and the closing ceremony. Since last Wednesday, there had been 27 tents set up to welcome thousands of visitors with music, dancing and tapas inside the fairground, which was free to enter. It began with a toast of sherry provided by the Amas de Casa (housewives) association, under the impressive lights that had been set up this year, and with an inaugural dance by Antonio Cuerva and Paqui Samper, which the crowd all applauded. This was followed by four days of dancing, shows and contests, including a happy hour with cheap tapas and drinks at lunchtime. Councillor for Fiestas Asunción Sánchez assured they had all “worked very hard this year” and said “the best reward was to see thousands of residents and crowds of tourists enjoying themselves at at our fair”. She also noted many...

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