Andalgalá

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Andalgalá
City
Aerial view
Aerial view
Andalgalá is located in Argentina
Andalgalá
Andalgalá
Location of Andalgalá in Argentina
Coordinates: 27°36′S 66°19′W / 27.600°S 66.317°W / -27.600; -66.317Coordinates: 27°36′S 66°19′W / 27.600°S 66.317°W / -27.600; -66.317
Country  Argentina
Province Catamarca
Department Andalgalá
Elevation 960 m (3,150 ft)
Population
 • Total 14,068
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base K4740
Dialing code +54 3835

Andalgalá is a city in the west-center of the province of Catamarca, Argentina, located in a valley near the Sierra de Aconquija, 260 km from the provincial capital San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca. It has about 14,000 inhabitants as per the 2001 census [INDEC]. It is the head town of the department of the same name. The Andalgalá River, which flows nearby, supports a hydroelectric power plant.

Andalgalá was founded as a fort on 12 July 1658, and only became a city in 1952. Its name is of Quechua origin and means either "Lord of the Hare" or "Lord of the High Mountain".

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Andalgalá has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[1] Precipitation is mainly concentrated from November to March with 80% of the annual precipitation occurring in these months.[2]

Climate data for Andalgalá (1901–1960)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 43.4
(110.1)
43.1
(109.6)
39.9
(103.8)
38.7
(101.7)
36.3
(97.3)
35.3
(95.5)
37.2
(99)
39.3
(102.7)
39.9
(103.8)
42.2
(108)
41.9
(107.4)
43.3
(109.9)
43.4
(110.1)
Average high °C (°F) 33.7
(92.7)
32.3
(90.1)
30.1
(86.2)
26.2
(79.2)
21.7
(71.1)
18.3
(64.9)
18.7
(65.7)
21.5
(70.7)
25.5
(77.9)
28.9
(84)
31.9
(89.4)
33.7
(92.7)
26.9
(80.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.1
(77.2)
24.0
(75.2)
21.9
(71.4)
17.9
(64.2)
13.7
(56.7)
9.9
(49.8)
10.0
(50)
12.7
(54.9)
16.7
(62.1)
20.1
(68.2)
22.9
(73.2)
25.0
(77)
18.3
(64.9)
Average low °C (°F) 18.4
(65.1)
17.7
(63.9)
15.7
(60.3)
11.3
(52.3)
7.2
(45)
3.7
(38.7)
3.3
(37.9)
5.2
(41.4)
8.9
(48)
12.3
(54.1)
15.4
(59.7)
17.4
(63.3)
11.4
(52.5)
Record low °C (°F) 8.7
(47.7)
9.1
(48.4)
4.8
(40.6)
−1.8
(28.8)
−3.1
(26.4)
−4.7
(23.5)
−6.2
(20.8)
−5.7
(21.7)
−2.5
(27.5)
1.7
(35.1)
2.1
(35.8)
4.9
(40.8)
−6.2
(20.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 75.5
(2.972)
64.8
(2.551)
45.7
(1.799)
15.8
(0.622)
8.4
(0.331)
4.4
(0.173)
5.4
(0.213)
5.2
(0.205)
4.8
(0.189)
13.7
(0.539)
18.7
(0.736)
35.3
(1.39)
297.5
(11.713)
Average relative humidity (%) 53.0 60.2 62.8 64.2 64.3 63.5 55.2 48.2 46.7 50.0 50.2 51.7 55.8
Source: Secretaria de Mineria[2]

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