Province of Belluno

Veneto, Italy

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Province of Belluno
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About Province of Belluno

The Province of Belluno (Italian: Provincia di Belluno; German: Provinz Belluno) is a province of the Veneto region in Italy. Its capital is the city of Belluno.

It has an area of 3,610 square kilometers (1,390 square miles) and a total population of approximately 205,000.

Geography

The province of Belluno is quite large and almost entirely occupied by mountain areas. It includes the natural and historical regions of Cadore, Feltrino, Alpago, Val di Zoldo, Agordino, Comelico and Ampezzano. The eastern part of the province is home to the Dolomites, including the famous Tofane, Marmolada, Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Antelao. The province is rich in water, with the presence of the wide Piave river, with its tributaries Boite and Cordevole.

The southern part is called Valbelluna, the largest and most populous valley in the province, which is bordered by the Venetian Prealps. The Belluno Dolomites National Park is located in the province.

Climate

The climate of the province of Belluno is among the most severe in the Alps. It is mostly influenced by the continent, supplied by the Dolomites and is very similar to the climate of eastern Tyrol, or even more severe in the Prealps of the southern side.

The province can be divided into the following climatic zones:

The lower valleys, about 700 meters (2,300 feet), which usually have an almost mild climate, on the border between the oceanic climate Cfb and the humid continental climate Dfb: the average of the coldest month is usually between 0 ° C and −3 ° C. Summers are hot but not hot like the valleys of the Po and Adige rivers. The average temperature of the warmest month is between 18 ° C and 21 ° C. This area, like most of the eastern Alps, is very humid. The average rainfall in Belluno is above 1300 mm per year, the snow is normal during all the winter months and can also occur in March or November. Some years winter can be milder due to humidity, with averages around the freezing point and large snowfalls with frequent snowfalls. Main cities in this area: Belluno, Feltre, Seren del Grappa.

The Midland valleys, between 700 m and 1500 m (or up to 1300 meters in the Prealps area), which have a typical humid continental Dfb climate. This climate is more severe in the extreme northern or south-western regions of the province, while the central region (near Arabba or Cortina d'Ampezzo) is generally milder. The average winter temperature is between -7 ° C and -5 ° C in the north and southwest in January, and between -5 ° C and -3 ° C in the central region. The coldest city, Santo Stefano di Cadore, at an altitude of only 900 meters, has an average temperature in January between -7 ° C and -6 ° C. Other cities with relatively low altitudes have really low averages, which would be found only above 1700 meters in other Italian provinces, as well as in any French province or western Switzerland. The snow season depends on the altitude. Between 700 and 1200 meters, from the beginning of November until mid-March, between 1200 and 1500 (or 1600 in Arabba), from late October to late April. Summer is generally humid and mild, but warmer than the areas at the same altitude in the western valleys. In the low lands (about 900 meters) the average temperature is about 16 ° C or 17 ° C. In the higher lands (about 1400 meters) on average around 14 ° C. The rain is normal from March to November. Some countries and countries with this climate: Santo Stefano di Cadore (severe), Cortina d'Ampezzo (mild - sometimes Cfb), Arabba (mild if considering altitude), Auronzo di Cadore (severe), Danta di Cadore, Sappada .

The valleys around 1500 to 1900 meters, with cold continental climate Dfc. It is the wettest climate in the province. Some areas on the southern side of the province can receive more than 2,000 mm (79 in) of rainfall per year, especially near lakes, which cannot make the climate mild in this region, as in other Alpine regions. Winters are very cold and snowy, with average temperatures between -9 ° C and -5 ° C. The snow season usually starts in late September and lasts until late May. Snowfalls are not frequent, but they can also occur during summer, early September or late August. Summer is rainy, sometimes misty and cool. Average temperatures in July between 10 ° C and 12 ° C. This area has very few sunny days per year and even the hours of sunshine per day are quite low, about 1 hour or less in January and about 4 or 5 hours a June and July. Due to the severity of the climate, there are only a few villages in this area, usually hamlets from other cities. One of the most inhabited places in this area is Misurina, a village near the lake of the same name.

Source: Wikipedia
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