Back up into the twenties at the weekend in Costa Cálida according to Aemet
Temperatures set to rise as the February drought continues in Murcia As we enter the last week of February it is looking increasingly likely that the amount of rainfall during the month could be..

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Regional park of El Valle y Carrascoy to be extended by 910 hectares
The park is located in the mountains just south of the city of Murcia The Regional Park of El Valle y Carrascoy, which occupies an area of 17,410 hectares in the mountains just south of the city..

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Green filters could protect the Mar Menor from harmful run-off from the Sierra Minera
Activists denounce harmful runoff from open mines every time it rains in the mountains A great deal of concern has been expressed lately regarding the possibility of there being unhealthily high..

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Arsenic found in mining waste off the coast of Portmán
Portmán was the scene of one of the worst ecological calamities of the 20th century There has been considerable debate lately over the issue of soil contamination in areas where open-cast mining..

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Mar Menor seahorse population recovering spectacularly
A five-fold increase in a year but the numbers are still far lower than a decade ago The improvements in water quality and the marine environment of the Mar Menor over the last two years are having..

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100,000 tons of lemons are being left on the trees in Murcia
Bitterness for Murcia lemon growers, better news for artichoke farmers! As the harvest season continues for two of the most important crops in the Region of Murcia, lemons and artichokes, agriculturalists..

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Cool and grey in the Costa Cálida but still no rain!
Barely a drop of rain in Murcia since mid-December The cloud cover of the weekend in the Region of Murcia looks set to continue at least during the early part of the week, according to State meteorological..

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Murcia ecologists oppose EU proposal to defer closure of aquifer wells
The 2027 deadline to close over-exploited wells could be extended Ecologists and non-governmental organizations in the Region of Murcia are demanding that the national government, in its last few..

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Tuna and swordfish prices soar in Cartagena due to reduction in fishing fleet
The sale of two longline fishing vessels has resulted in fewer tuna being brought ashore The fishermen’s guild in the port of Cartagena report that last year the total catch fell by approximately..

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Águilas Town Hall removes single-use plastic cups from public buildings
A small but important step to combat plastic pollution in the seas and oceans Over the last two years the regional and local governments of the Region of Murcia have been stepping up their efforts..

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Murcia irrigation farmers threatened by new EU recycled water regulations
The Region of Murcia is a pioneer in maximizing recycled water usage in agriculture Due to the inherent lack of water for irrigation purposes in south-eastern Spain the Region of Murcia has become..

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Brown bins for compostable waste to be introduced in the city of Murcia
The fifth container will be used to collect food for a protein-producing larvae farm Efforts are being intensified to encourage the recycling of waste in the Region of Murcia, and the Town Hall..

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Col Romanesco in Murcian markets now
Is it broccoli or cauliflower???? This marvellous mountain of green peaks and spikes is incredibly versatile and excellent value. Shoppers at the region's street markets may have seen this peculiar..

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Ecofinca Torrecillas aims to plant 1,000 trees in the Sierra de Carrascoy by Easter
Britons and Dutch joining in the re-forestation scheme at in the Regional Park of El Valle-Carrascoy! Ecofinca Torrecillas, which offers open-air, wildlife discovery and experiences for all the..

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Balearics bans new diesel vehicle sales as of 2025
Critics warn that environmental legislation in the islands could be counter-productive The regional government of the Balearics remains committed to bringing in legislation to combat pollution..

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More furtive fishermen detained on the Murcia coastline
Two men in a boat were caught red-handed by the Guardia Civil in Portmán The efforts of the Guardia Civil to clamp down on furtive fishermen casting their nets without a licence to do so appear..

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A million seeds a day planted by one machine in the Campo de Cartagena
Up to 1.4 million lettuces can be planted in a day by the machine in the fields of Balsapintada An illustration of the extent of leaf vegetable farming in the Campo de Cartagena, from where a..

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Don Simón launch fully recyclable fruit juice cartons
The Jumilla-based firm plans to extend the new containers to its whole range of drinks and soups The Jumilla-based drinks company J. García Carrión has launched a new range of fruit juices which..

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Wild boar made fair game for hunters in Murcia in response to swine fever threat
If swine fever spreads to Spain the armed forces could become involved! The risk of swine fever spreading to the Region of Murcia has led to the regional government declaring wild boar fair game..

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Loggerhead sea turtle released into the Mediterranean in Bolnuevo
The second release this year for the same lucky turtle after earlier treatment in Valencia! Another loggerhead sea turtle was re-released into the wild last Friday after receiving treatment at..

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3 kilometres of palisade fencing to protect the sand dunes of San Pedro del Pinatar
The structures are funded within a budget of 1.8 million euros over 4 years It was confirmed last summer that the regional park of the salt flats and sand dunes of San Pedro del Pinatar is to receive..

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Parts of Sierra Espuña closed to the public for 6 months to protect golden eagles
Popular walking routes will remain open although areas near them will be out of bounds The Nature Protection department of the regional government of Murcia has announced that paths and tracks..

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Wild tortoise ownership in Murcia and Spain: illegal but surprisingly common
How to get back on the right side of the law if you own a tortoise in Murcia Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain..

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El Valle Wildlife Recovery Centre: Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de El Valle
Fascinating environmental education visits for groups and families in the mountains just outside Murcia One of the cluster of facilities located near the visitors centre of the El Valle y Carrascoy..

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Botanical educational garden in Mazarrón
The “Mastia” garden is designed to educate about local eco-systems In April 2018 Mazarrón became the first municipality in the Murcia Region to open an educational bio-garden for local..

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Understanding water and the drought in Murcia and the Segura basin
Where our water comes from, what it is used for, and why there isn’t enough In late 2017 the Region of Murcia and the rest of the Segura basin are facing one of the most serious droughts in recent..

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Las Encañizadas; protecting this historic fishing technique in La Manga del Mar Menor
Fish doesn´t get any fresher than this! Fish are trapped in reed mazes as they migrate between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. Many of the agricultural traditions in the Region of Murcia..

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Dog owners beware: stephanotis pods can kill dogs
Urgent warning for dog owners Be aware that the seed pods of the Stephanotis plant, also known as Madagascar Jasmine, are lethal for dogs. This is a stunning plant with waxy green leaves and a..

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Bolnuevo erosions or Gredas de Bolnuevo
The Bolnuevo erosions are natural sand sculptures One of the best known features of Bolnuevo are the erosions, or gredas, of Bolnuevo, known as the “enchanted landscape”, a curious formation..

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Cooler in the Costa Cálida as temperatures return to the norm for February
The Region of Murcia is still awaiting its first significant rainfall of 2019 The weather this week in the Costa Cálida could hardly be described as cold – that would be unfair to those looking..

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Gorgeous weather in the Costa Cálida, perhaps too gorgeous
Image: the winner of last year’s Floración photography competition, taken by Josefa Ruiz Pérez Climate change threatens wildlife as warm dry weather starts earlier and earlier in the year..

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Mercadona to eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags – but is this just a publicity stunt?
Customers in Spanish supermarkets are swamped with un-necessary packaging This week the environment has been a hot topic in the news, scientists from NASA announcing that 2018 was the fourth hottest..

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Murcia warmer than the Canaries as the glorious early spring continues
The top temperature in the Costa Cálida was 25 degrees on Thursday On Wednesday it was reported that the unusually warm early February weather in the Costa Cálida was not enough to topple the..

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25 degrees forecast for Thursday in the city of Murcia
The Costa Cálida closes in on the Canaries in the Spanish temperature charts! It is usual during the winter for the highest temperatures in Spain to be reported in the Canary Islands, but on occasion..

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Far-right party Vox opposes Tajo-Segura water supply to Murcia irrigation farmers
Farmers claim that 110,000 jobs would be lost if the canal were taken out of service The latest CIS opinion polls show that if a regional election had been held in Murcia in January the far-right..

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Strong winds and colder weather on the way to the Region of Murcia
The effects of Storm Helena will be felt throughout mainland Spain between Thursday and Sunday No sooner has Storm Gabriel died out than his successor, Storm Helena, has started arriving at the..

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High winds and lower temperatures to return to the Costa Cálida on Friday
Yellow alert warnings in place in the north and along the coastline of Murcia The weather in the Region of Murcia has been warmer over the last couple of days – minimums on Wednesday were above..

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San Javier residents continue to dump furniture in the streets
Many seem unaware of the free collection service available in the municipality Photographs appearing recently on social network sites indicate that some people living in the municipality of San..

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San Javier divers continue voluntary underwater clean-up in La Manga
Debris of all kinds removed from the marine environment by volunteer divers Once again the divers belonging to the ADC de Pesca Submarina in San Javier are to be congratulated on their efforts..

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More strong wind in the Region of Murcia on Tuesday but sunshine on the coast
January ends on a windy note and with barely a drop of rain since November! For most of January the weather in the Region of Murcia has been characterized by the cold mornings and the almost total..

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Nautilus submarine system launched to monitor water quality in the Mar Menor
Average visibility in the lagoon has increased to a depth of over 5 metres As part of the efforts to regenerate and preserve the marine environment of the Mar Menor the regional government of Murcia..

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Council and farmers unite in Puerto Lumbreras to reject huge solar power plant
The local economy depends heavily on irrigation farming in the countryside of Puerto Lumbreras In an age where the issue of renewable energy sources is an increasingly important one the Town Hall..

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6 dead whales on the beaches of Galicia in a month
Experts are uncertain whether the spate of deaths is mere coincidence Concern is growing in the region of Galicia, in the north-west of Spain, over a spate of incidents in which six dead whales..

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Águilas the warmest place in Spain on Sunday with 24 degrees!
Wind alerts return to the Region of Murcia on Monday As is to be expected the month of January has been a relatively cold one in the Costa Cálida, but Sunday’s weather provided a welcome reminder..

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Winter? What winter? Temperatures in the 20s this weekend in the Costa Cálida!
Warm sunshine returns to Murcia after a week of cold winds For most of January the weather in Murcia has been colder than many of us would like it, with frosts, a chilly breeze (or a gale this..

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Murcia lemon orchards under threat from cheap Turkish produce
Citrus fruit growers in Murcia demand protection from the EU It seems that the future of citrus fruit growers in Murcia, who traditionally constitute one of the most important elements of the agricultural..

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Low market prices tempt orange growers in Murcia to uproot their trees
South African imports are blamed as growers in southern Spain leave their fruit on the trees Orange growers in the regions of Murcia, Andalucía and the Comunidad Valenciana are reporting that..

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Wind alert remains in place in the Region of Murcia as gusts reach over 80 km/h
22 incidents reported on Wednesday, none of them serious Conditions in most of the Region of Murcia remain distinctly blustery on Thursday and Aemet have maintained yellow alert status for high..

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Temperatures in the teens in Murcia as bad weather sweeps across northern Spain
The wind chill factor is likely to make the Costa Cálida feel cooler over the next few days The weather forecast for the remainder of the week makes for grim reading in much of Spain, with practically..

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Winds of up to 90 km/h in northern Murcia on Wednesday
Alert status lifted from coastal areas but intensified in Yecla and Jumilla State meteorological agency Aemet has revised its bad weather warnings in the Region of Murcia on Wednesday 23rd January..

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Eroski supermarkets introduce paper bags to replace plastic
Eroski stores in the Region of Murcia are in Lorca, Molina de Segura and Cartagena Little by little awareness of plastics pollution in the seas and oceans of the world is increasing, and in an..

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Possibility of snow in north and north-west Murcia this week
An official alert for strong winds comes into force on Wednesday There is no sign yet of any let-up in the cold weather this January in the Costa Cálida – cold for this part of Spain, at any..

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More cold mornings over the weekend two years after the historic snowfall in the Costa Cálida
Snow may reach inland Murcia next Tuesday but only light rain showers on Saturday and Sunday Friday 18th January marks the second anniversary of the historic snowstorm which saw a blanket of white..

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The first light rains of 2019 could reach the Costa Cálida on Thursday
Afternoon showers are possible in the south of the Region of Murcia The main feature of the weather so far in the Region of Murcia this year has been the low minimum temperatures, reaching minus..

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Spanish honey producers reject government labelling reform proposals
Beekeepers and producers demand more protection against inferior Chinese imports The honey producers of Spain have expressed their dissatisfaction which measures proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture..

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40 per cent of fresh Murcia vegetables are packaged in the fields
Maximum freshness and minimum packaging time are essential to meet demand in the U and northern Europe The importance of fresh vegetable production in the agriculture sector of the regional economy..

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Frost damage to Murcia crops estimated at 2.5 million euros
Artichokes and lettuces are among the crops worst affected The sharp frosts which hit most of the Region of Murcia last week are estimated to have caused damage to vegetable crops amounting to..

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Bright and clear in the Costa Cálida as the first flights head for Corvera airport
Temperatures in the Region of Murcia topped 24 degrees on Monday! Perfect flying conditions await the first landings and take-offs of passenger flights at the new Region of Murcia International..

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Loggerhead sea turtles rescued in Murcia tracked around the Mediterranean
Turtles re-released in the Costa Cálida last year have reached Sardinia, Sicily and the north African coast! The Oceanogràfic Foundation in Valencia continues to track the five loggerhead sea..

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8 below zero in Yecla as Arctic front reaches the Region of Murcia
Another night of sub-zero temperatures to come before the weather warms up at the weekend The forecasters at Aemet are often criticized for warning of possible heavy rain which fails to materialize..

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More customs staff requested in Murcia in anticipation of Brexit effect on exports
A hard Brexit would make the UK a “third country with no specific preference” With fears growing that a “no-deal” or “hard” Brexit could be implemented on 29th March this year, the..

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Down to minus 7 degrees in northern Murcia on Friday morning
Yellow alert for low temperatures in the north and north-west of the Region As a mass of cold air sweeps down from the Arctic to the Iberian Peninsula the Spanish meteorological agency Aemet has..

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Frosts in Murcia favour fruit crops but hits leaf vegetables in the Campo
Leaf scorch hurts vegetable growers but the cold delays the blossom in the fruit trees of Cieza With more sub-zero temperatures forecast for almost the whole of the Region of Murcia this Thursday..

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Murcia exporters nervous over possible no-deal Brexit
Crop growers worry over increased transport time for fresh produce sold to the UK As uncertainty continues to surround the conditions which will apply when the UK leaves the European Union on 29th..

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No frost in Murcia on Wednesday but down to -6 degrees in places on Thursday
Expect a rush on gloves and scarves at the winter sales in the Costa Cálida! The minimum temperatures on Wednesday morning in the Region of Murcia were significantly higher than the day before..

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Northerly airstream bringing cold air from the Arctic to the Costa Cálida
Yellow alert issued with temperatures down to minus 5 in Yecla on Tuesday morning With the festive season over most of Spain is bracing itself this week for a few days of wintry weather as a mass..

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Warm days but chilly nights as the Three Kings arrive in the Costa Cálida
Night-time temperatures dipping to zero in many parts of the Region of Murcia With the last long weekend of the festive season in Spain about to begin it seems that the Three Kings will be bringing..

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Almond growers face fines of up to 120,000 euros if they fail to burn wasp-infested trees
The destructive almond wasp has been detected in two groves in Jumilla and Yecla Following the first appearance in the Region of Murcia of a destructive insect known as the almond wasp (or Eurytoma..

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Castillitos military barracks near La Azohía to become eco-tourism centre
The Loma Larga gun battery in Campillo de Adentro covered the “blind spots” of the guns of Castillitos People driving up the winding road which leads to the spectacular gun battery of Castillitos..

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Beach weather in the Costa Cálida on New Year’s Day!
Cloudy intervals are forecast for Thursday and Friday in the Region of Murcia The New Year began in Murcia with the kind of clear and sunny day for which the Costa Cálida is known, providing perfect..

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Restricted motor vehicle access to Calblanque beaches to start after Easter in 2019
Weekend vehicle numbers will be limited from May to mid-October The regional government of Murcia has announced that in order to protect the natural environment in the regional park of Calblanque..

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Fourth loggerhead sea turtle cured and re-released on the Murcia coastline this year
The first three have already travelled to north Africa and are now close to Sardinia! Another success story was chalked up by the Wildlife Recovery Centre in El Valle on Monday, when for the fourth..

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The meteorological autumn of 2018 was the stormiest on record in Murcia!
The three-month period was among the wettest in the Costa Cálida in the last 78 years The autumn of 2018, which for the meteorologists at Aemet runs from 1st September to 30th November (although..

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90 km/h winds forecast in northern Murcia on Thursday evening
The whole of the Region of Murcia is on alert status for gale force winds The weather forecasters are predicting a spell of rough weather in Murcia during the 24 hours starting at midday on Thursday..

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Gale force wind alert extended to the whole of Murcia on Thursday and Friday
Winter weather arrives in the Costa Cálida, with some snow expected on higher ground The Spanish State meteorological agency Aemet has extended its bad weather warnings for Thursday and Friday..

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Gale warnings along the Costa Cálida on Thursday!
Rain is forecast to arrive in Murcia, falling as snow in higher ground inland According to State meteorological agency Aemet the warm sunny weather which has characterised December so far in the..

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Four boat launch ramps installed around the Mar Menor
The ramps provide facilities for boat owners and help to protect the marine environment of the lagoon One of the many improvements made recently to facilities around the coast of the Mar Menor..

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Last month was the coolest and second wettest November in Murcia this century
Heavy rain in the middle of the month pushed the total up to over 3 times the average Last month, according to data compiled by State meteorological agency Aemet, was the coldest November so far..

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25 degrees in December: Christmas picnics on the beach this year in the Costa Cálida?
Fabulous weather in Murcia for the early December holiday weekend The first day of the long holiday weekend in Murcia on Thursday provided absolutely beautiful weather throughout the Region, with..

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236,000 euros earmarked for improvements on the forest tracks of Sierra Espuña
The “green lung” of Murcia attracts thousands of visitors enjoying the clear air and spectacular scenery The regional government of Murcia has set aside over 236,000 euros next year for improvements..

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Warm and sunny over the long holiday weekend in the Costa Cálida
Temperatures up to 24 degrees in Thursday and Sunday, cooler in between As a long weekend begins for many Spaniards the weather in the Costa Cálida looks set to provide four days of December sunshine..

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Fog diverts flights away from Murcia-San Javier airport
A flight heading back to Belgium was delayed, while one to Gatwick was cancelled In most of the Region of Murcia Wednesday dawned clear and sunny, but thick fog along the shore of the Mar Menor..

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Griffon vulture released into the wild in Sierra Espuña
3 vultures have been discharged from the Wildlife Recovery Centre in El Valle in 6 weeks Another griffon vulture was re-released into the wild this Tuesday after receiving treatment at the Wildlife..

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24 degrees in Murcia: welcome to December in the Costa Cálida!
Conditions are set fair in Murcia for the forthcoming long holiday weekend Only a few days ago parts of the Region of Murcia were suffering the first sub-zero night-time temperatures of the winter..

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Below-zero temperatures in northern Murcia!
Minus 1.8 degrees in Yecla this morning but maximums set to hit 21 in Murcia this afternoon The beautiful clear skies over the Region of Murcia have provided some spectacular views over the last..

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Los Alcázares residents demand long-term flooding solutions
The Mar Menor protection platform group says floodwater tanks are not the answer… In the aftermath of the flooding which hit Los Alcázares last Monday as a consequence of heavy rain both in..

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Clean-up of the Rambla del Albujón begins as canes and reeds pile up on Mar Menor beaches
The flooding of Sunday and Monday washed debris across the Mae Menor to La Manga The regional government of Murcia has given permission to the CHS to begin clearing up the mouth of the Rambla del..

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Fantastic aerial photos show floodwater in San Javier and the effect on the Mar Menor
Soil from the Campo de Cartagena is washed into coastal towns and the lagoon As if further illustration of the way in which flooding is an ever greater threat in the towns on the inland shore of..

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Los Alcázares residents and Mayor to stage protests against lack of flood protection
An indignant Mayor of Los Alcázares bemoans 2 years of “inactivity” since the disastrous floods of 2016 The indignation and discontent among the residents of Los Alcázares over the lack of..

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Efforts to speed up floodwater tank construction along the Mar Menor coast
Environmental impact reports delay the planned tanks in Mar de Cristal, Islas Menores and Torre Pacheco The regional government of Murcia is seeking to modify the law regarding the recovery and..

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Grim and grey in the Costa Cálida today!
Maximums in the mid teens but still a good 10 degrees higher than in the UK! It’s easy for those of us who live in the Region of Murcia to become spoilt in terms of the weather we expect, but..

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Flood damage will cost Murcia farmers at least 1 million euros
Lettuces and other leaf vegetable crops ruined by mud in the Campo de Cartagena As the floodwater recedes in the Campo de Cartagena and roads are reopened to traffic the farmers in the area are..

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Murcia crop farmers furious at “humiliating” scrapping of irrigation water transfer
Even the Murcia branch of the governing PSOE party calls the move a “mistake” Hostilities in the “water war” between the regional government of Murcia on the one hand and the national Ministry..

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Autumn 2018 is already the third wettest in Murcia this century
Half of the rain since 1st September has fallen in the first 18 days of November Following the heavy rain which has fallen in Murcia in the first part of this week State meteorological agency Aemet..

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Seed bombing resumes in Águilas in re-forestation scheme
The socially inclusive scheme aims to re-populate pine and carob groves in the Águilas countryside The Town Hall of Águilas is once again embarking on a campaign to repopulate the pine woods..

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Agriculture and urban development blamed for Los Alcázares flooding
The clean-up begins in the streets of Los Alcázares … again … Now that it appears that the heavy rain of the last few days has come to an end the authorities and farmers in many parts of the..

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Unusually wet autumn weather in Murcia: the meteorological explanation
High pressure over northern Europe and warm sea temperatures in the summer contribute to the recent heavy rain After the persistent rain of the last few days it might be imagined that this is becoming..

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Murcia-San Javier motorway closed westbound as flooding returns
Calls for flood protection in San Javier justified as more heavy rain causes the cancellation of classes in local schools As recently as last Friday the local council in San Javier demanded that..

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60 residents evacuated as roads and streets flood again in Los Alcázares
No school on Monday in Los Alcázares, San Javier, Torre Pacheco and San Pedro del Pinatar More heavy showers and storms during Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning brought localized..

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Rain forecast in Murcia this weekend: check for cancellations of outdoor events!
Sunny intervals on Saturday but the rain is expected to return on Sunday The forecasters at Aemet have issued a yellow alert for Friday evening in almost the whole of the Region of Murcia, the..

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