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Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:26pm
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We are coming out for an inspection trip in April. Our hope is that we can escape the worst of the Scottish winter and to that end we are in Lanzarote at present. While accepting that there will be colder and wetter days in January and February we would value any reports on what it is like to live in the area during those months. 

John56

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Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:52pm

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Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:52pm

This Winter has been okay, not much rain, daytime around 15 to 18C, night time around 6 to 10C, sometimes feeling chilly at night or early morning but a coat is all that was needed.

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Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:46pm

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Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:46pm

We are spending our first winter here.

In January, most afternoons were sunny and we could sit outside in the sun. Overnight temps between 9-13 degrees.

February, a bit more mixed. Some overcast days. Some wind/rain. For about a week the overnight temps were down to 4-5 degrees, followed by bright sunny days. 

In the last week or so, it has warmed up. 11 degrees overnight, sunny and warm during the day. People on the beach/in the sea on Saturday. 

 

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Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:31pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:31pm

david1rich wrote:

We are coming out for an inspection trip in April. Our hope is that we can escape the worst of the Scottish winter and to that end we are in Lanzarote at present. While accepting that there will be colder and wetter days in January and February we would value any reports on what it is like to live in the area during those months. 

Hi david, yes it’s warm during the day but it depends what you’re used to. I’m still in a down filled puffa jacket, jeans and ugg boots or trainers but I do see people wearing shorts and tshirts. It is colder at night so you will definitely need a jacket if you are going out. All in all we can’t complain really as it’s dry and warmish. I’m from Edinburgh so I feel your pain with the Scottish weather although I haven’t been back for a long time, it would probably be a harsh reminder. In April the weather will be more or less the same as it is now. You should download weatherbug on your phone, it’s a nice little free app. Nicola :-)


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david1rich

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Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:58pm

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Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:58pm

Further to my original post I have been reading reports of houses being cold and damp in winter due to lack of proper insulation. This does not sound pleasant for when we are there but even more of a concern when we are back at home. Viewing trip is next week so reassurance would be welcome at this stage. 

Thanks

VivienneAnn

Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:30pm

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Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:30pm

Our home has a concrete frame and double block wall (inner skin/cavity/outer skin). We have had no damp/condensation.

Some homes have a single block wall construction (sometimes using clay bricks incorporating air cavities). I have been told that condensation can occur with this form of construction, but have no direct experience. 

Damp-proof courses in the walls are not always incorporated in some older constructions. Ours doesn't have one (1980s build). Our surveyor told us that this was normal, and not a problem. Our house is built on a gradually sloping site, and we have not noticed any rising damp.

Our home does not have any insulation, and has tiled surfaces. It can feel cold in winter. It often feels warmer outside in the winter sunshine than inside the house.

We use a mix of log fire, electric radiators and reversible a/c units for heating. We are considering installing central heating (oil fired or propane).

Don't be put off .... it is much MUCH nicer than in the UK.

deirdre42c

Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:09pm

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Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:09pm

Hi

We have had our apartment two years and are at the end of a block so colder in ours than most. We were advised to leave all doors open inside apartment and put down trays of cat litter to absorb condensation and it’s worked a treat-no issues at all. We also used air conditioning on heating in jan at nights as it felt cold and electricity bill wasn’t too bad as we are on the night plan

Hope this helps

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