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January - Halcyon Days

Towards the end of January, the weather becomes warmer and the days become lighter in a phenomenon known as the Halcyon Days.

The mythical Halcyon Days get their name from the Halcyon, the Kingfisher, that nests on rocks in the sea. Even though it’s a migratory bird, the Kingfisher does not leave in Autumn, but in early Spring. Even in the depths of winter, mild weather and bright days shine through.

There is also a meteorological explanation for this phenomenon; at this time of year the barometric pressure between Northern and Southern Europe are equalized, resulting in milder weather.