East of Málaga: The Weather this Autumn

View across to the coast, east of Málaga, in autumn

Towards the end of August we usually start to look forward to some relief from the long hot summer.

The early autumn thunderstorms arrived on time this year to bring some relief for the parched ground.    The normal pattern would be that these first autumn rains arrive anywhere from mid September to early October, after which the weather cools down a little.

This year has proved to be an exception, as by mid October, we still await a break in the weather and the glorious summer goes on.

Typically these warm sunny days will continue towards Christmas-time with a few rainy periods in between.  The main difference between here and the UK, for example, is that we don’t end up with grey skies for weeks at a time.

The autumn and early winter sun can be surprisingly warm, but this year has proved warmer and drier than normal, with virtually unbroken sunshine and temperatures between 24-29C, which would make a beautiful midsummer day in northern Europe.

A by-product of this has been brilliant clear blue skies.

Looking east from the Balcón de Europa, Nerja

Certainly, along with May and June, the climate here during September and October can be the most pleasant of the year. Visitors from the north would still be wise to take similar precautions against the sun as in summer, but the nights are more comfortable to sleep with overnight temperatures in the range 17C to 19C compared with the low to middle twenties Celsius during July and August.

All in all, it’s a wonderful time of year to visit the area to the East of Málaga.

 

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There´s always sunshine through the clouds

One of the things I love most about living in southern Spain are the mountains.  They always make the views spectacular, both morning and evening, as the sunlight falls across the ridges of the nearby foothills, but never more so than when it rains.  It´s always a delight to watch the clouds surging up the valley from the Mediterranean Sea between the ridges – almost making it look more like smoke than clouds.

Clouds across the nearby hills look like smoke - Malaga, Spain

Clouds spilling over Mount Maroma, Cómpeta, Spain

The past few days have been cloudy and raining, so in between the heavy showers, I have tried to pop outside to capture the raindrops on the flowers and trees, as well as the rapidly changing cloud patterns.    They are so pretty.  Isn´t nature wonderful?

Raindrops on bougainvillea

Raindrops pooling on a lime tree leaf

Raindrops on puple passionflowers

Clouds spilling over the hillside at sunset in southern Spain

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Autumn: It´s a Game of Three Halves!

Kick off at Rugby Axarquia

Even though the intense heat of summer has now passed, the throngs of August tourists have finally returned home, the evenings are getting darker just that bit earlier, and the X Factor has returned to our TV screens – nothing says “autumn” to me more than the start of the rugby season!

When we lived in the north-west of England, we were season-ticket holders at Fylde Rugby Club, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with ex-England captain, Bill Beaumont, on the terraces at the Woodlands Memorial ground for every match.  Season after season we stood in the rain and cold, with pride and passion, shouting support for our local club.

But, when we moved to southern Spain and based ourselves east of Málaga, we thought our live rugby-watching days were over.

Of course, we can still enjoy the excitement of the Six Nations tournament, or an emotionally-charged Haka performed by the mighty All Blacks, in glorious close-up on the huge TV screens in many of the local bars, but there´s nothing quite like watching rugby in the flesh, so to speak.

Poster advertising the match for Rugby AxarquiaImagine our delight when we discovered (by accident and at the last minute) that rugby was indeed alive and kicking in La Axarquía.  The poster advertised a match taking place between the Axarquía and Málaga Rugby Clubs at the Fernando Ruiz Hierro stadium in Vélez-Málaga on Saturday afternoon at 17.30, with free entry, so we went along to find out what it was all about.

Rugby Axarquia

Rugby Axarquia

Rugby Axarquia We witnessed a physical and entertaining game of rugby, fought out between two great rivals, in front of an enthusiastic and vocal crowd of around a hundred people.  With squad members keen to impress their respective coaches ahead of the new rugby season, both teams put on a spirited display.

Without a scoreboard, it was difficult to keep track of the points and, even though Málaga appeared to score more tries (and some of the conversions of both kickers looked rather dubious to me), it was eventually agreed by the powers-that-be, that a 33-33 draw would be a fair result!  Well, it was only a pre-season friendly match.

Rugby Axarquia team huddle

What was even more curious was that at the end of the second half, when we naturally presumed that the match was over, both teams congregated for another huddle on the pitch – and then resumed with a third half!   At least this allowed more time for the players waiting on the Substitute´s Bench to take their turn to impress.

Subs Bench at Rugby Axarquia

I later mentioned about it being “a game of three halves”  to the club´s Press Officer, and when he sent me a copy of the Press Release yesterday, I´m sure you can guess the title of the article written for the Costa del Sol News“Rugby Season Starts – It´s a Game of Three Halves!”.  You read it here first, folks! 

During the match at Rugby Axarquia

The Axarquía Rugby Club provided us with an afternoon of good sport, friendship and a club shop (well, more of a club table) selling cool drinks, tee-shirts and where social memberships can be bought for the princely sum of €15, which includes free entry to all games.

We´ll be back to watch more of the fastest growing sport in Spain.

This post is my contribution to the Sunday Post: Autumn

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