Climate and Water quality

The climate is mild and privileged. So much so that always spoke of the spring constant of the Mar Menor. It enjoys the warmest winters in the Peninsula, conducive to enjoying a quiet sunny and milder summers on the Mediterranean coast, thanks to the gentle breezes of Levante.

The average annual temperature is 17°C, and monthly averages for June, July, August and September are above 21°C. The winter is mild, because the average temperature of the cold months are not descended from 10°C.

Another highlight is the lack of rainfall, with less than 300 lm2 year. Dryness is key here, especially for its 320 days and 3,000 hours of sunshine annually.

INSOLACIÓN ANUAL

MONTHS Nº HOURS MONTHS Nº HOURS
January 172 July 364
February 182 August 325
March 194 September 237
April 250 October 212
May 297 November 182
June 330 December 172

Brief details of these that lead us to the privilege of enjoying a climate of gods, and are a tourist attraction, becoming the Mar Menor the ideal place for holidays throughout the year.

Water quality

The water temperature is closely related to atmospheric temperature, as befits a relatively small body of water for the operating scale atmospheric processes.

This circumstance makes the thermal inertia of the lagoon is less than the Mediterranean. In the colder months the water temperature is around 1 º C while in August reached 30 ° C. be In certain areas of the banks, due to the limited depth can be recorded temperatures of 8 º C to 36 º C in summer. Moreover, the spatial distribution of the lagoon is uniform, the differences between different areas of less than 1-2 º C.

TEMPERATURAS MEDIAS

TEMP. MÁX. TEMP. MÍN. TEMP. MED.
Wintero 16 ºC 5.8 ºC 10.9 ºC
Spring 20.8 ºC 10.2 ºC 15.1 ºC
Summer 27.6 ºC 19 ºC 23.2 ºC
Autumn 23.3 ºC 14.2 ºC 18.5 ºC

The salinity ranges between 42 0 / 00 and 47 0 / 00 compared to 36-38 0 / 00 in the Mediterranean. Throughout the year are somewhat higher values in September-October and minimum in January to May. Overall salinity values show a slight positive grandiante from north to south and from surface to bottom.

CALIDAD DE LAS AGUAS

MAR MENOR MEDITERRÁNEO
Density 1.0376 grs/cc 1.0276 grs/cc
Iodo 25 grs 17 grs
Salts 33.610 grs/cc 23.676 grs/cc
Magnesium 4.705 mmgs/l 3.921 mmgs/l
Potassium Chloride 1.3887 mmgs/l 865 mmgs/l
Magnesium Chloride 10.336 mmgs/l 4.200 mmgs/l
Calcium Sulfate 4.344 mmgs/l 2.134 mmgs/l
Magnesium Sulphate 2.263 mmgs/l 2.080 mmgs/l
Oxides of FE 35 mmgs/l 27 mmgs/l
Silicon 10 mmgs/l 8.50 mmgs/l
PH 7.85 mmgs/l 7.80 mmgs/l
Total Hardness 947 htm 915 htm

High temperatures and low rainfall, coupled with the absence of permanent freshwater inputs, makes the pond is in a deficit which is offset by the entry of water from the Mediterranean, resulting in the Mar Menor behaves like a bucket of concentration. Are easy to detect these entries of Mediterranean water in the mouths of the gorges by their different temperature and salinity.

The trade regime of the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean is determined primarily by the difference of water level relative to each other. Wind, evaporation and rainfall, influence the exchange gain or loss.

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