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Valencia has one of the mildest winters in Europe, owing to its southern location on the Mediterranean Sea and the Foehn phenomenon.The January average is comparable to temperatures expected for May and September in the major cities of northern Europe.In the warmest month – August, the maximum temperature during the day typically ranges from 28–34 °C (82–93 °F), about 22 to 23 °C (72 to 73 °F) at night.Generally, similar temperatures to those experienced in the northern part of Europe in summer last about 8 months, from April to November.The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.
The Roman historian Livy explains that the founding of Valentia in the 2nd century BC was due to the settling of the Roman soldiers who fought against an Iberian rebel, Viriatus.The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea.The city is ranked at Gamma in the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.The City Council bought the lake from the Crown of Spain for 1,072,980 pesetas in 1911, and today it forms the main portion of the Parc Natural de l'Albufera (Albufera Nature Reserve), with a surface area of 21,120 hectares (52,200 acres).
In 1986, because of its cultural, historical, and ecological value, the Generalitat Valenciana declared it a natural park.
Growth has recently improved in the manufacturing sector, mainly automobile assembly; (Ford has its biggest European plant in Almussafes).