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Day: May 14, 2015

Record heat for the month of May

MeteOrihuela predicts more normal temperatures from Friday and a cooler weekend A historic Thursday today, May 14th set the record for the hottest day in the month of May in the Mediterranean area of the Iberian Peninsula. The causes of this have been an “explosive meteorological cocktail” of a mass of hot and dry air, westerly wind and advection of dust in suspension. This is a situation more normal for the end of July and early August, the hottest time of the year in Spain, than in May. In Orihuela the record was beaten by a long way, as the hottest had been 39ºC on May 17th, 1965 when it soared to 39.8ºC today, 50 years later. Elsewhere in the Vega Baja, Torrevieja also set a new high, with 37ºC in Los Altos. However on Friday there will be a notable drop in temperatures of around 8-10ºC in land, down to levels more usual for this time of year over the weekend. We will leave the early summer behind and go back to spring. Some meteorological agencies are indicating the possibility that from the 20th we may have movement in the atmosphere and rain could be likely, possibly giving rise to spring storms but we will have to see how the situation...

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38 establishments on the Orihuela Tapas Route

Get ready for great food and Gin & Tonics The Tapas Route in Orihuela is now in it s third year, which will take place over the last weekend of May and the first of June. Last time the establishments involved sold a total of 30,000 tapas, which Councillor Rosa Martínez hopes will be beaten this time. A total of 38 establishments have signed up to compete for prizes of €200 in each of the categories of best traditional, innovative and sweet tapas, plus one for getting the most votes on social networks. On Wednesday, the restaurants and bars showed off examples of the tapas they will be making, which will cost €1.50 each and a drink will cost €1. For the first time, gin and tonics will be part of the route, also with a prize for the best one and at a price that will be set by each establishment. They will also be putting on a tourist train to take people around all the bars on the route. The jury that will award the prizes is made up of a food critic; a distiller who is an expert on gin and tonics and the president of the Spirits Regulatory board of Alicante; a university lecturer in Food Technology and a...

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Rojales to redevelop Avenida de las Naciones

Half a million euros to extend pavements and install new drains and street lights Rojales Town Hall has approved a project to redevelop Avenida de Las Naciones in urbanisation Ciudad Quesada with a budget of €494,510. Around the main entrance to Quesada is one of the busiest areas in the whole municipality and the work will affect 500 metres between Los Arcos and Calle Blanca. Mayor Antonio Pérez said the pavements will be made wider, drainage systems constructed and new street lights installed. “We want to make the area a modern and safe avenue in accordance with the current times,” he said. The work will reduce the number of parking places on the avenue so they are in contact with owners of land nearby that could be used as car parks, added the mayor....

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Orihuela beaches being prepared for summer

Lifeguard service from June 15 to September 25 Orihuela councillor for beaches, Martina Scheurer has given an update on the works that has been carried out on the beaches to get them ready for the summer season. Firstly, she announced that the lifeguard service will begin on June 15th and finish on September 25th, on all 11 of the beaches in Orihuela Costa from 10am-8pm. This will employ 43 people, including those in charge of the boats and medical transport. The same timetable will apply to the lift at Punta Prima, which has always only been in use in the summer and is also opened and closed by the lifeguards. The councillor pointed out that Punta Prima beach was one of the most affected by the storms this winter and has been visited by officials from the national Costas department to assess whether additional sand will be provided, although no decision has yet been made. Scheurer reminded that the Town Hall cannot do this without authorisation from this department of the Ministry for the Environment. She also mentioned that almost all the pipes for the foot taps have been replaced with ones that are of wider diameter and buried deeper to prevent them being damaged or exposed by spells of bad weather. On Aguamarina beach, Costas has authorised construction of an additional access at the end of the sand...

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Come to a RE/MAX Coffee Time for answers about the Costa Blanca real estate market

The new weekly low down on local real estate from RE/MAX Beach Homes By Erica Hayward, Manager, RE/MAX Beach Homes Routinely when I have my RE/MAX balloon pin on my shirt or jacket, people ask about the real estate market. Last week at the supermarket, the butcher asked how things were going and if people are buying. A couple weeks ago a woman asked me what it costs to sell a home in Spain. Of course, one of the most frequent questions is always about the costs of buying a home. After giving it a bit of thought, I have decided to organize “RE/MAX Coffee Time” each Wednesday afternoon in May from 4pm to 5pm giving anyone the opportunity to come in and ask real estate related questions. You bring the questions, and we will supply the coffee and work hard to resolve your questions. Popular Topics: I´m thinking about selling, what do I need? What are the costs involved in selling my property? What should I keep in mind if I am thinking about buying a property in Spain? What are the costs involved in purchasing a home in Spain? What are the costs involved in home ownership? I´ve decided to sell, what can I do to make my home more appealing to a potential buyer? Who´s buying right now? Can´t make the scheduled RE/MAX Coffee Time, but...

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