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Coordinates: 9°33′35″N 69°12′07″W / 9.55972°N 69.20194°W / 9.55972; -69.20194

Acarigua
City
Statue of Portuguesa in December 5 Square (Plaza del 5 de Diciembre)
Statue of Portuguesa in December 5 Square (Plaza del 5 de Diciembre)
Flag of Acarigua
Flag
Coat of arms of Acarigua
Coat of arms
Acarigua is located in Venezuela
Acarigua
Acarigua
Location in Venezuela
Acarigua is located in South America
Acarigua
Acarigua
Acarigua (South America)
Coordinates: 9°33′35″N 69°12′7″W / 9.55972°N 69.20194°W / 9.55972; -69.20194
Country Venezuela
StatePortuguesa State
MunicipalityPáez Municipality
FoundedSeptember 29, 1620
Area
 • City175 km2 (68 sq mi)
Elevation
195 m (640 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • City203,358
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
208,495
Demonym(s)Acarigüeño (a)
Time zoneUTC-4:30 (VST)
Postal code
3301
Area code(s)0255
ClimateAw
WebsiteMunicipal website

Acarigua (Spanish pronunciation: [akaˈɾiɣwa]), founded as San Miguel de Acarigua, is a city in northwestern Venezuela, in the northern part of the state of Portuguesa.

Formerly the state capital, it is a major commercial center for the northern Llanos region of South America. It is contiguous with the neighboring city of Araure.

DemographicsEdit

The city's population was 116,551 in 1990 and was estimated at 208,495 in 2008.[1]

ReligionEdit

Its Cathedral Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Corteza is the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Acarigua–Araure.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Acarigua (1971–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.2
(97.2)
37.6
(99.7)
38.3
(100.9)
39.5
(103.1)
37.7
(99.9)
34.9
(94.8)
34.6
(94.3)
35.1
(95.2)
35.6
(96.1)
36.1
(97.0)
36.4
(97.5)
35.7
(96.3)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F) 33.0
(91.4)
33.9
(93.0)
34.4
(93.9)
33.0
(91.4)
31.1
(88.0)
30.2
(86.4)
30.2
(86.4)
30.7
(87.3)
31.1
(88.0)
31.7
(89.1)
32.2
(90.0)
32.3
(90.1)
32.0
(89.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.9
(78.6)
26.7
(80.1)
27.4
(81.3)
27.0
(80.6)
26.0
(78.8)
25.1
(77.2)
24.9
(76.8)
25.0
(77.0)
25.2
(77.4)
25.6
(78.1)
25.8
(78.4)
25.6
(78.1)
25.8
(78.4)
Average low °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
22.8
(73.0)
23.5
(74.3)
23.5
(74.3)
22.8
(73.0)
22.0
(71.6)
21.7
(71.1)
21.7
(71.1)
21.8
(71.2)
22.0
(71.6)
22.1
(71.8)
21.8
(71.2)
22.3
(72.1)
Record low °C (°F) 17.3
(63.1)
17.5
(63.5)
20.5
(68.9)
18.2
(64.8)
19.3
(66.7)
19.4
(66.9)
17.7
(63.9)
18.1
(64.6)
18.9
(66.0)
19.1
(66.4)
18.5
(65.3)
17.5
(63.5)
17.3
(63.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 6
(0.2)
15
(0.6)
25
(1.0)
106
(4.2)
193
(7.6)
238
(9.4)
218
(8.6)
197
(7.8)
162
(6.4)
177
(7.0)
111
(4.4)
37
(1.5)
1,485
(58.5)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1.6 1.1 2.1 7.7 14.7 18.0 18.1 15.7 13.3 12.9 8.7 4.6 118.5
Average relative humidity (%) 68 66 65 72 81 85 85 86 85 84 80 74 78
Mean monthly sunshine hours 254.2 229.6 229.4 159.0 148.8 150.0 182.9 195.3 189.0 201.5 216.0 235.6 2,391.3
Mean daily sunshine hours 8.2 8.2 7.4 5.3 4.8 5.0 5.9 6.3 6.3 6.5 7.2 7.6 6.6
Source: NOAA[2]


EcologyEdit

FaunaEdit

The Thysania agrippina is one of the world's largest moths, with wings 32 centimetres (13 in) in size.

FloraEdit

The Saman or Samanea saman is the most widespread tree throughout the city.

Protected areasEdit

  • Parque Musiu Carmelo
  • Parque Mittar Nakichenovich
  • Balneario Sabanetica
  • Balneario el Mamón
  • Parque Curpa, popularly known as José Antonio Páez Park.

Notable peopleEdit

MediaEdit

Acarigua is home to 3 regional newspapers, and the community TV station Siguaraya TV.

TransportEdit

Acarigua is served by the Oswaldo Guevara Mujica Airport.

SportsEdit

It is home to Portuguesa FC, whose home stadium is the Estadio General José Antonio Paez.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "www.world-gazetteer.com". Archived from the original on 2012-02-09.
  2. ^ "Acarigua Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ Gaceta Oficial de Venezuela, period 1979-1984.

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