Does it get cold? Freezing the balls off a Brass Monkey?
Cold? Too right it gets cold!
One of the most asked questions I get is; does it get very cold in Andalucia during the winter months? The simple answer is; Yes! of course, it does.
Spain, like any other country in the world, has its cold months. OK, so, they are not as cold as some countries but, depending on where you live, it can get real ‘Brass Monkey weather’.
Freezing the balls off a Brass Monkey
It’s not what you might think. No! The old saying has nothing to do with a monkey or its anatomy.
To freeze the balls off a brass monkey means it is very cold. … It is widely believed that a brass monkey is a brass tray used in naval ships during the Napoleonic Wars for the storage of cannonballs (piled up in a pyramid). The theory goes that the tray would contract in cold weather, causing the balls to fall off.
Well, it can get very ‘brass monkey’ in parts of Andalucia. Where I live, in the North-East of the Malaga province, on the same altitude of Granada, the temperatures can get into the minuses.
This week, for example, (31/12/2020 – 6/01/2021) we are looking at daytime highs of 4ºC and lows of between -1ºC and -4ºC. We wake up to a hard frost but, come lunchtime, we have bright sunshine.
Villanueva del Trabuco, the nearest village to me, has an altitude of 682 meters above sea level. We are in a mountainous area of Malaga, so, you expect to get this type of weather. The summers make up for it though. Hot, dry weather from May until October or November.
Does it get cold in Nerja in the winter?
The Costa del Sol gets a very different winter. Temperatures rarely dip below 10ºC. August is the hottest month in Nerja with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in July. The wettest month is December with an average of 90mm of rain.
Nerja is a wonderful place at any time of the year. Winter Sun holidays are very popular on the Costa del Sol, especially with the golfing and walking fraternity.
Have a great new year.